I have had the privilege and honor to serve as AANP Florida South Representative since 2018. During this time I have had the opportunity to travel around the state networking and meeting NP's and NP students as well as participating in several local, regional and state conferences promoting organizational engagement at all levels. As the current president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, (FNPN), I have worked to establish partnerships and promote unity to help us bridge those gaps that will promote that pathway to full practice authority here in the sunshine state! It would be an honor to continue to represent South Florida as the AANP state representative and collaborate with our colleagues to continue to move our profession forward.
Director of Advanced Practice ; FNP
I have had the privilege to serve as Florida South State Representative since 2018 .During this tenure, I have utilized opportunities to share the AANP message via several speaker/presenter invitations with various local, state and regional groups promoting the strength of the NP community. I have been instrumental in facilitating the formation of local groups within the state and from there encouraging not only individual AANP membership but NPO membership as well. In addition I am currently the president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network ( FNPN), executive vice president and co-founder of the NP's of Lee County Group and my most recent accomplishment has been selection as the first director of advanced practice for Millennium Healthcare.
The largest obstacle facing NP practice continues to be the restrictive, antiquated barriers in regards to access to care. In Florida, there are large pockets of our population that forego basic healthcare due to the lack of providers in their area. As the state newly noted to be the " best place to retire" , we rank as one of the lowest in access to healthcare.As more baby boomers enter our state, we foresee the PCP crisis growing. As NP leaders, we will need to continue to partner with various stakeholders and policy makers to amend these outdated laws pursuing full practice authority to provide NP's the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training and open the door for patients to receive quality, affordable healthcare. The Florida Coalition of advanced practice that represents the four ( 4) APRN roles for which I represent NP's, has been working towards establishing those crucial relationships and formulating strategies to be that one collective voice. The utilization of the resources that AANP has successfully employed via media campaigns has increased awareness of NP practice and for which continued support and recognition is warranted.
As the current president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network( FNPN), I have developed various initiatives to engage NP's from around the state. I created a think tank comprised of state and regional leaders as a means to open communication and serve as a platform to tackle issues specific to Florida including measures to increase organizational membership and motivate students as well as targeting the preceptor challenge.Our first deliverable is our "How to be a better preceptor " webinar available on demand. Our next project,to launch in early 2020, will be the new NP Boot camp to be held in collaboration with various state universities as a means to bridge the gap from graduation to practice. I have also facilitated the inaugural director of advanced practice group for which I have assembled directors of AP practices from around the state to help define this new role and share policies and guidelines to lay the foundation as we progress towards full practice authority. My greatest achievement to date has been the creation of a preceptor model aligning academia with a state wide healthcare group to provide quality clinical experiences for NP students and provide a pathway to employment.
As the Florida South State Representative, I would continue to develop partnerships and work with stakeholders and policy makers to remove barriers to practice while promoting the viability and positive outcomes of NP practice. I will also continue the message of the NP community stressing the value of organizational membership on all levels especially focusing on the engagement of NP students as they enter practice. In regards to education, I will continue my passion of ensuring quality clinical experiences for NP students as well as enhancing the transition to practice via our new NP boot camp. The goal of this endeavor is to provide new NP's with the tools and resources to be successful as they enter this new stage of the profession. In my various leadership roles,I will continue to utilize opportunities to raise public awareness of NP practice. I also have the opportunity to ensure that NP's are not only included but recognized, credentialed and appropriately paneled in regards to pay for performance measures as well as having a seat at the table for practice based decisions and initiatives.