Sheri Rickman Patrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Candidate for California North State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

As the California North State Representative, I will continue to work both at the state and federal level to ensure that all NPs can practice to their full education and training no matter their work location. Which will include educating not only legislative stakeholders, but the public who can also support NPs in these goals. With full scope, all states will be advocating for patients by increasing access, so that patients will have comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team including NPs, PAs, physicians and all levels of specialists. I continue to work with my state to break down barriers for patient access by including NPs in signing for CA phone program allowing patient with visual and hearing impairment access to this resources in a timing manner. I will continue to lend my voice and energy to ensure that legislation has provider neutral language along with parity in pay for those providers whether NPs or physicians doing the same care.

Biographical Statement
Campaign Flyer
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Assistant Professor

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

AANP Northern California State Representative, Membership Chair for California Association for Nurse Practitioners, Chair of Program, Evaluation and Research committee and junior class in the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge over the next decade is to increase access for all patients and in order to achieve this goal, I believe it's necessary to change legislation to include scope of practice for NPs allowing full practice authority. AANP can continue to support states with their experience and resources who are working hard with stakeholders to legislate scope of practice, but realizing that some states will have to make incremental steps before they may achieve AANP's definition of full practice.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

The leadership skills I bring to the table include communication, active listening to others and motivating others to share their ideas. I have always realized for any project to get done and done will a good leader knows how to delegate tasks and responsibility. However, not only delegate, but to give others artistic freedom as it were to be creative and not micromanage, but to be available when help is needed. I believe a good leader is as good as the people on their team. It's important for me to be positive and even with possible bad ideas to give constructive feedback, so the person can appropriate changes and still feel good about their effort. I also bring the skills of trustworthiness, accountability, flexibility and being conscientious to all that I do personally and professionally. I have been the state membership chair for California Association for Nurse Practitioners or CANP since 2016. Under my leadership working with the management team, the organization's membership has increased from 3,235 to 4,313 as of November 2019.

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

As the California State Representative, I will continue to work both at the state and federal level to ensure that all NPs can practice to their full education and training no matter their work location. Which will include educating not only legislative stakeholders, but the public who can also support NPs in these goals. With full scope, all states will be advocating for patients by increasing access, so that patients will have comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team including NPs, PAs, physicians and all levels of specialists. I continue to work with my state to break down barriers for patient access by including NPs in signing for CA phone program allowing patient with visual and hearing impairment access to this resources in a timing manner. I will continue to lend my voice and energy to ensure that legislation has provider neutral language along with parity in pay for those providers whether NPs or physicians doing the same care.