The American Association of Nurse Practitioners announced this week it has selected Jon Fanning to be the new leader of the organization starting March 1, 2021.
Fanning joins AANP with a history of strategic and operational oversight experience. Since 2013, Fanning has been at the American Psychiatric Association where he served in various leadership roles including chief strategy officer, chief membership officer and interim chief financial officer.
Fanning replaces David Hebert, who retired after serving as CEO for eight years. During his tenure, Hebert oversaw the merger between the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners which led to the formation of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Fanning was selected by the board and a CEO search committee after a candidate search led by Korn Ferry.
"Jon brings a wealth of leadership experience to this role and has a strategic, forward-thinking world view and vision," said AANP President Sophia Thomas in a statement. "We look forward to working with him to advance the association's goals as defined in our mission and strategic plan, while representing the more than 290,000 nurse practitioners nationwide."
AANP is the nation's largest membership organization for nurse practitioners. The field of nurse practitioners is experiencing significant growth in part due to more advocacy from policy makers that they can help address the physician shortage. For the group's efforts this year, Thomas ranked on our 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list.
AANP advocates in Washington D.C. and states for policies that enhance the nurse practitioner role. For instance, last year it asked members of Congress to consider a bill that would recognize services provided by nurse practitioners in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.