Running for State Representative for AANP seems like a natural progression. I have been well-groomed by my colleagues for this role leading up to this election. As your current CAPNI VP, I have had the experience with legislative barriers currently in place in Indiana. Prior to serving as VP of CAPNI- I served 2 terms as Treasurer as well as Student Representative prior to that. Keeping CAPNI fiscally sound while budgeting expenditures for legislation over the past 5 years has been an integral part of my tenure. If elected, I will listen and be your voice at the national level, advocate for NP practice, stay active on the CAPNI board and keep you updated with the rapidly changing legislative landscape ahead of us in the next coming years. I kindly ask for your vote and support to serve you.
APRN/NP -Endocrinology Outpatient Clinic
• CAPNI- Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana Executive Board Member- Vice President: 2019-Current • CAPNI-Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana Executive Board Member-Treasurer: 2015 -2019- 2 terms • CAPNI-Coalition of Advance Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana- Board Member- APRN Student Representative: 2012-2013 • CAPNI- Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana - Grassroots Legislative Team- Mentor lead role for new members • CAPNI-Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana- Legislative Team • CAPNI-Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana - Marketing Team co chair • Attendance at the AANP National Health Policy Conference 2019
The biggest challenges surround legislation presented by those in opposition to full practice authority (FPA). In particular, our Medicine Colleagues may challenge the current 22 states with FPA as well as future attempts by states with current restrictive practice to gain FPA- possibility opening up the possibility of tighter restrictions on NP practice and licensure. Medicine would like to gain oversight of NP licensure and regulation by the AMA in Indiana and other states currently seeking FPA. AANP leadership is aware of recent inaccurate testimonials by legislators in harshest opposition to FPA in Indiana in 2019. I am impressed by AANP's response and strategic plan. Working closely with Tay Kaponos and Ashley Shew has been integral in guiding the grass root efforts of CAPNI here in Indiana. If elected as the State Representative, I plan to continue the collaborative relationship and teamwork with the leadership team at AANP in order to facilitate successful legislative efforts going forward at state and federal level. The next ten years will also face challenges to current NP education standards due to those in opposition to FPA comparing NP programs to Medical School and Medical Residencies. AANP will be addressing those concerns as well.
My experience in multiple leadership roles as an Executive Board Member on CAPNI for past 7 years has groomed me for the position to represent Indiana at the national level for AANP as State Representative. My attendance at the AANP National Health Policy Conference has provided me with invaluable tools to be an active member on key legislative issues impacting NP practice at the state and federal level. I have also attended professional leadership workshops in my work environment. My current leadership roles require accountability, responsibility, commitment, professionalism, positivity and effective public speaking skills.. I plan to apply all these attributes to the State Representative position if elected. Listed below are a few success stories to demonstrate how my leaderships skills have had successful outcomes in the past: • CAPNI has had several improved outcomes and growth within our organization and has increased engagement from the members particularly in regards to legislation • Fiscally sound budget during my 4 years at Treasurer of CAPNI with improved transparency of the budget and reorganized/overhauled the budget during my tenure • High speaking scores/reviews from the national AANP conference.
If elected, I will remain active at the state and federal level to be the voice of NP's as well as disseminate issues to NP's in Indiana. To highlight AANP's mission, the following are some proposals I will work towards: • Practice: Advocate for FPA in the state of Indiana and nationally. I will remain closely involved with state and federal legislation. Serve as a role model through my practice. • Education: currently being challenged through legislative efforts by those in opposition to FPA. It is also important to stay vigilant with efforts to discredit current NP programs/education. I will work closely with NP programs to keep them engaged. Also work to maintain high standards and quality in regards to continuing education through AANP sponsored CEU offerings. • Advocacy : Continue to advocate for 1) patient's rights to have full access to NP's 2) NP's to practice to the top level of their education and certification and remove antiquated and restrictive barriers to FPA. • Research: Continue to encourage research by NP's for evidenced based care. • Leadership: utilize professional leadership skills and apply them to my new role.