Calling for your vote to support Kathleen Wilson, PhD, CPNP, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP for the Florida North State AANP Representative in AANP’s Region 11. As an APRN with greater than 35+ years of experience, organizational leadership, passion, and zeal for communicating the good news of nurse practitioners, I recognize that regular communication and engagement is key to our success. I envision working collaboratively with the Florida South AANP Representative to facilitate a unified message regarding the value of nurse practitioners, while expanding AANP resources to those across the northern region. Residing in Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City, places me at the center of legislative activities with access to our lawmakers. As YOUR Florida North State Representative, I assure you that I will engage you my colleagues across the region to keep you informed, supported, and moving to Florida’s next practice goal, that of FULL PRACTICE AUTHORITY!
ARNP in a busy Endocrinology Practice
I have served in the following leadership roles during the period of 2017 - 2019: National: 2017-2019 FSU Alumni Association – ‘Nole Nurse Alumni Networking Group, Chair State: Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN) • Region 1 Director 2018 - Present • Legislative Leadership Team 2017 - present • State Conference Planning Committee 2017 - present Local: Tallahassee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN) • Vice President: 2015 – 2017
The biggest challenge facing NPs is the continued barriers we face without full practice authority. Many inconsistencies to full practice authority exist across the nation. Florida, one of the most restricted states, limits NPs to practice to the fullest extent of the education and training. Such barriers restrict highly skilled and educated professional advanced practice nurses in the care provided to their patients and communities. AANP has steadily increased membership (now100,000+ and growing) which will provide a greater voice promoting the value of NPs. More members reflect a greater pool of potential leaders available to promote awareness of our issues. Through AANP, enhanced leadership will improve organizational competence in the political process. This will help facilitate stakeholder education and political action. If elected, I would continue to promote AANPs engagement at the local, state, and national levels leading to full practice authority through occupational licensing and scope of practice reform.
During my 35+ years in practice, I have seen the NP role evolve into a highly skilled one where the art of nursing and clinical science merged in the care of our patients. Over these years, I have developed a number of leadership skills in several roles as an NP – a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, etc. Those skills include the following: vision, strategic thinking and initiative, innovation, commitment, and inspirational communication. In one recent initiative in my current role as the Region 1 Director for the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN), I expanded local and state-level membership through the development of a new local NP council. I was able to identify, support and mentor the new leadership in Northwest, Florida. This area was previously under-represented for NPs and NP issues, including rural health. I was able to recommend a member of this new council for the AANP State Advocacy awardee who was selected and will be honored in June 2020 at the AANP conference.
I would continue my support of the AANP Mission and strategic plan as an active leader with a focus on building capacity through tri-level membership. I would emphasize support for developing the local level councils as members of the state organization and AANP. I would encourage the emergence of local NP groups as a conduit for support for NPs particularly across the many rural counties. Of the 44 counties from Orlando north through the Florida panhandle, 23 counties are designated as rural (Census, 2010). As the North Florida State Representative, I would focus on mobilizing NPs at the grassroots level for the purpose of raising awareness and educating the public (including legislators) of the value of NPs as quality health care providers. North Florida has been an underrepresented area that needs a persistent voice about the issues unique to the area such as a large veteran population and socio-economic barriers to care in highly rural areas. Increasing membership would lead to enhanced NP care awareness in our communities which ultimately can reduce practice barriers and increase access to NP-provided care!