I thank you for the honor to serve Georgia NPs as the current AANP State Representative. I’m asking for your vote and confidence in me to continue as your State Representative for 2020-2022. I’ve traveled around the state to try to connect with all and during these past 2 years, I feel Georgia NPs have come together for a more unified presence with one voice and one clear advocacy message. AANP has supported our strong leadership efforts all along and helped our cause by providing legislative testimony at the capital and offered strong guidance. I would be honored and humbled to serve the Georgia Nurse Practitioners for another term to continue the momentum to work together to remove barriers and modernize all state laws that impact NPs and restrict patient choice.
Family Nurse Practitioner
I have been an AANP state representative twice for the state of Georgia. I have served as the chairperson for Polk County Chamber of Commerce. I am finishing my second term on the Board for the Chamber. I have been the President of Polk County Rotary Club twice and currently still serve on the board of directors.
I think we need to have more standardization of NP across the United States, similar to the physicians. With approximately have of the states recognizing NP with full practice and others like Georgia being very restrictive it is confusing for the public. The lack of conformity makes it easy for the physicians to attack us. I think AANP needs to put more support and funding in the restrictive states so we can obtain full practice and therefore improve our appearance of standardization.
I am good at networking and have made numerous connections throughout the state during my term. I have participated in all of the State Leadership conference calls over the past 6 years since my first term. Which has kept AANP involved as a participant in furthering state objectives. I have developed a relationship with several lobbyist and legislators over the past 6 years which have been very valuable. One of my goals starting with my first term was to have increased unity across the state. I have participated in the Unity conferences since their conception 2 years ago. I feel we need to continue to work on becoming "one voice".
If I am reelected I intend on continuing my work on advancing the scope of practice for Georgia Nurse Practitioners. We were the last state to get prescriptive authority but with hard work we were able to break down that barrier. I feel we will need to continue to chip away the barriers. Hopefully, we will soon be able to order advance imaging such as MRIs. I intend to stay continue working with our lobbyist and legislators to educate them on our ability serve the citizens of Georgia and the health care outcomes.