Nancy Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Candidate for Maine State Representative

Campaign Message:

I am seeking the position of AANP State Representative for the State of Maine. My career-long work within state, national, and international organizations stresses leadership through example, service, mentorship, and education. I feel the biggest challenge facing NPs is being present "at the table" to participate in decisions affecting the health of all individuals, especially vulnerable populations. These decisions include ensuring that all nurse practitioners are practicing to the full extent of their education and practice authority. Achieving full practice authority in all states and protecting threats to full practice should be the over-arching goal of AANP and all nurse practitioners. Full access to care, particularly in rural states, will only be achieved through the optimal utilization of nurse practitioners in all healthcare arenas including primary care, acute care, education, and research. A lifelong resident of Maine, I look forward, if elected, to representing the NPs of Maine within AANP.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

NP Provider WOW Pediatric Weight Management Clinic Northern Light Health

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

2008-2017 Coordinator Non-Profit Mission Trips to Vietnam IPSAC (International Specialists Alliance for Children-Vietnam) Peoria, IL 2017-present I work with several nursing (AAN, AANP, MNPA) and obesity (ASMBS, POWER, TOS, OMA) organizations to advance health care issues related to nursing, nurse practitioners, and obesity care.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

I feel the biggest challenge facing NPs is being present "at the table" to participate in decisions affecting the health of all individuals, especially vulnerable populations. These decisions include ensuring that all nurse practitioners are practicing to the full extent of their education and practice authority. Achieving full practice authority in all states and protecting threats to full practice should be the over-arching goal of AANP and all nurse practitioners. Full access to care, particularly in rural states, will only be achieved through the optimal utilization of nurse practitioners in all healthcare arenas including primary care, acute care, education, and research. AANP can support the collaboration with other stakeholders through its support of member leaders at the state, regional, national and international arenas.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My career is dedicated to the care of the vulnerable populations of children affected by surgically-amenable congenital anomalies and those with severe pediatric obesity, with a primary focus of providing expert clinical care and education. Through an international organization, I provided education in Vietnam to enhance care of children undergoing surgical procedures and to promote progressive nursing education. Seeing the unmet need of treatment for severe pediatric obesity, I coordinated two multidisciplinary weight management programs, leading to my ongoing work in this field, including expert clinical care, program development, weight bias eradication, and obesity physiology education. During my 26 years as a nurse practitioner, I have held national offices in a pediatric surgery nursing organization (President and Board positions) along with many committee positions in obesity and nursing organizations. Serving on the Editorial Board of an international nursing journal, I mentored nursing authors, many publishing for the first time. I have authored multiple peer reviewed articles and chapters on weight bias and obesity related complications. I have presented at national conferences (including AANP and NAPNAP) and participated in educational webinars. I believe that leaders serve the membership and mission of any organization.

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

My clinical and educational work in the fields of pediatric surgical care and pediatric obesity support clinical practice and advocacy by improving health equity in these vulnerable populations. In particular, my educational focus on obesity physiology education promotes policies that are evidence-based, which in turn addresses weight bias. My advocacy of certification for advanced practice nurses practicing in obesity care supports standardizing specialty expertise that strengthens nurses’ leadership and advocacy credibility when serving on boards, commissions, and councils charged with improvement of care of children, particularly those affected with obesity and chronic health conditions. My career-long work within state, national, and international organizations stresses leadership through example, mentorship, and education. My international work, as well as work with vulnerable populations struggling with social determinants, strongly supports diversity and inclusion. The underlying theme of all my professional efforts is to bring equitable, high quality, evidence-based and holistic healthcare to the populations I serve and their families as well as to lead other healthcare professionals in similar efforts.