Laura Tucco, PhD, FNP-BC, CNS-BC

Candidate for Illinois State Representative

Campaign Message:

I would be honored to represent Illinois Nurse Practitioners and serve as the State Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. I have lived and worked in Illinois for the past 20 years. I am a charter member of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing and have served on the Board of Directors in three different roles. I have participated in political advocacy activities at the state and national level. I am involved in the education of future NPs. I have mentored others in leadership roles. One of my professional objectives has always been to advocate for the NP role as well as the profession. Serving as the Illinois Representative will allow me to continue to advocate for the NP role and profession as represent Illinois in our national NP organization. Thank you for time and consideration as you cast your ballot in this important election.

Biographical Statement
Campaign Flyer
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Clinical-Nowobilska Medical Practice & Wexford Health Services. Adjunct Faculty-Purdue Global.

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

I have served on the Finance Committee of the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) since I completed my term as Treasurer in 2013.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

Change in the context of an increasingly complex health care environment is the biggest challenge facing NP providers today. Staying up to date is challenging for the nurse practitioner. Health care reform has caused controversy and increased the complexity of providing care. This influences how nurse practitioners function on a daily basis in practice . It is imperative NPs stay abreast of changes in regulations, clinical standards of care, and professional practice standards. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) does a great job of advocating for nurse practitioners at the national and state level, providing resources for practice and continuing education opportunities, expanding research opportunities, and setting standards of care. The many activities of the association are essential to the practicing nurse practitioner and should continue in the future. AANP should continue to work with other constituent and specialty organizations when deciding what to do and working on activities that support NP practice. AANP should periodically re-evaluate their role in supporting nurse practitioner education and practice. AANP must grow and evolve as practice changes and continue to support and advocate for the nurse practitioner profession.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I have 13+ years of full-time experience working as a nurse practitioner (NP). I am an experienced educator, am actively involved in the development of future nurse practitioners. I have precepted NP students for over 12 years. I have conducted research about the NP role. I have functioned in leadership roles in the Illinois advanced practice nursing organization. I am committed to advocating for the NP role and nurse practitioner practice as I have done for the past 20+ years. I am one of the original members of my state advanced practice nursing organization (ISAPN) and have maintained my membership in this association since it's inception. I was nominated the first time to the Board of Directors of ISAPN when the organization began. I have served at two other times on the Board of Directors when I was nominated and elected. I believe it is imperative to begin a succession plan for leadership roles when one assumes a leadership role. I have nominated others for leadership positions, and have mentored others functioning in leadership roles. I nominated an NP for the role of President; although hesitant at first because she had no leadership experience, this NP served for four years.

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

My nurse practitioner (NP) career exemplifies the AANP Mission. I have practiced for 13+ years as a nurse practitioner. I am an educator of NP students. I have participated in advocacy activities at the state and national level supporting nurse practitioner practice. I have conducted research on one outcome of nurse practitioner practice. I have served in leadership roles in the Illinois state advanced practice nursing organization. I have mentored others who are serving in leadership positions. I encourage all NPs to "participate in the process" and I show them how to do this through my actions. I want to continue to pursue opportunities that will allow me to be an exemplar of the AANP Mission. This is why I have nominated myself for the position of Illinois State Representative. I continue to be involved in NP education, practice and advocacy at the state-level. I want to work with other state reps and regional directors in our national organization as we advocate for the NP profession nationally and internationally.