Kathleen Rhodes, DNP, CRNP, FAANP

Candidate for Alabama State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

I have worked as a Nurse in Alabama for over 37 years and as a CRNP for 19 years. I understand the healthcare environment in Alabama as well as the many restrictive barriers to the care we provide our patients. In my role as your current AANP Alabama State Representative, I have worked hard to identify strategies to move these issues forward. I have also worked to identify and educate new NP’s who are eager to become active in our professional organization. I believe mentoring our up and coming NP colleagues is the key for the future of NP practice in our state. It has been my honor to serve as your Alabama State Representative and I would appreciate your vote for me.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

FNP at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Student Health Center

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

In the past three years, I have served in the following leadership roles:

  • AANP Alabama State Representative
  • Appointed by the Alabama Board of Nursing to serve on the Joint Committee which provides oversight of NP practice in Alabama
  • Alabama APRN Consensus Council Steering Committee
  • NPAA Steering Committee Member

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

I believe the biggest challenge facing NP’s in the delivery of health care in the next decade are the barriers that prevent NP’s from practicing to the full extent of their education and training. There is ample research showing that NP’s provide high quality health care to their patients. In addition, it is well documented that NP’s provide cost effect health care with good patient outcomes. It is my opinion that patients should be able to choose their healthcare provider. In addition, NP’s should be allowed to provide their patients the full scope of their health care training and expertise. As long as there are efforts to limit the care NP’s can provide to their patients, it is the patient who loses. For many years, AANP has championed full practice authority issues all over the United States. With current membership in AANP now over 102,000 people, it is obvious this organization is doing something right! AANP should continue to lead the charge in advocating a patient's right to choose their health care provider.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I was appointed to the Joint Committee for NP practice by the Alabama Board of Nursing in May 2017. My participation on this committee provides me a unique opportunity to advocate on behalf of Alabama NP’s. It also provides me the opportunity to inform our physician colleagues regarding the education and training of the NP, as well as the NP scope of practice. I have been an active member of AANP since 2000 and your Alabama State Representative since 2014. Through my participation in National and Regional meetings, I am informed of national and regional practice issues. I work with AANP to identify strategies to address the restrictive practice issues that are unique to Alabama. I have been an active member of NANPA since 1998. I routinely attend monthly meetings and the annual Symposium. Through my participation in this organization, I am informed about local and regional NP issues. I have been an active member of NPAA and am currently serving on the Steering Committee. Through my participation in this organization, I am informed about ongoing state practice issues.

If Elected, I Propose to Advance the AANP Mission as Follows:

  1. Strengthen Alabama NP engagement by encouraging AANP members to recruit their NP colleagues to join AANP.
  2. Identify barriers to NP practice in Alabama and identify strategies to address these practice issues.
  3. Communicate and collaborate with NPAA and other state NP groups to provide AANP resources and insights regarding common practice barriers and opportunities to make positive changes.
  4. Work to ensure mechanisms are in place that keep Alabama NP’s informed of state and national practice issues and encourage active participation in making legislative changes.