I have 21 years’ experience as a Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland. I have been a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland since my student years and have served in multiple leadership roles including President, Eastern District Director, Chair of the PAC Committee, and Co-Chair of the Legislative committee. I am an ardent supporter of political activism for the advancement of the profession from the beginning as Nurse Practitioner students to the end of engagement as an NP. My years of experience and demonstrated skills will be an asset to Maryland NPs as we continue to empower NP practice to achieve professional and reimbursement parity across the country.
Nurse Practitioner; Associate Professor
I served as President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM) from 7/1/16 to 6/30/17. I am the Co-chair of the Legislative Committee and the Chair of the PAC committee for NPAM. I am the only NP who sits on the University of Maryland Shore Medical Group (UM SMG) Practice Management Council. This Council is the governing body for the Medical Group and I represent the Advanced Practice Providers within that group. I am also the only NP serving on the Medical Staff Quality Assurance Committee at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) in Easton, MD. I was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee for UM SRH in July 2019. I serve as Lead Nurse Practitioner at UM SMG Women's Health.
The greatest challenge facing NPs in the changing health care delivery paradigm is the increasing need for providers to participate as equal partners in care for a graying population, particularly in the rural areas of the country. Declining Medical School enrollment further exacerbates this growing problem. Organizational cultures must evolve to recognize true partnership in care if we are to eliminate practice barriers, barriers to care for our patients, and practice to the full extent of our education, experience, and scope of practice. Subsequent to the need for parity in partnership is the inequity in reimbursement between NP providers and Physician providers. As an organization, AANP must advance measures to create a reimbursement model where equal reimbursement is given when the same service is rendered, regardless of which provider rendered the service.
I am a recognized leader on a local, regional, and state level. I have been recognized with the AANP Maryland State Award for Excellence, the American Cancer Society Colors of Cancer Medical Hometown Hero Award, the Star Democrat Reader's Choice Award for Gyn provider, and the Top 50 Docs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland 2019. I am a Fellow in the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. I am an NP lead NP on the UMMS Advanced Practice Provider Council for the healthcare system. I have served in multiple leadership roles in the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland including President, Eastern District Director, Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee, and Chair of the PAC committee. I was a member of the grass roots efforts to repeal the Collaborate Agreement in the State of Maryland in 2010. I led NPAM as President when the repeal of the Attestation Agreement brought us to our goal of Full Practice Authority.
I look forward to supporting AANPs mission and strategic plan with my experience, skill, and political savvy. I have made great strides in the development of provider neutral language in our Medical Staff, policies, and procedures through persistence and diplomacy. I am actively participating in the revision of legislation in the State of Maryland to include provider neutral language into existing bills as well as into the language of bills newly written. I have demonstrated my skill in mobilizing my colleagues for political initiatives crucial to the advancement of the profession. I have been vocal in my efforts to promote parity in reimbursement for NPs through insurers themselves, through the Maryland Insurance Commissioner, through my legislators, and through NPAM. I will continue to drive this critical initiative until NPs are reimbursed the same as physician colleagues for the rendering of the same patient care services.