Hello, my name is Debbi Lindgren-Clendenen and I am your current AANP state representative. I would be honored to continue to represent the nurse practitioners in the State of Minnesota on behalf of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As your representative, I would strive to achieve the following:
Nurse Practitioner, Allina Telehealth Department Lead NP, MHI Teleheart Program
I have been honored to represent nurse practitioners in the State of Minnesota as the AANP State Representative for the last four years. I have been actively involved with the AANP since 2011 by attending the annual national conference and presenting pertinent topics via poster, 6-min lightening round, new practice advances and podium presentation formats to the national attendees. I was also a member of, and presented via podium for ACNP prior to its absorption into AANP. I actively engaged with elected public officials at our state legislature as they passed our full practice authority bill in 2014. I encourage all NP students that I meet/mentor during clinical rotations to become student members of AANP and attend the national conferences. I was graciously bestowed the honor of the State of Minnesota NP of the Year in 2014-2015 by my colleagues. As the current AANP State Representative for Minnesota, I serve in a non-voting role to the MN NP organization. I am also a liaison to SENP and the APRN Coalition organizations. I am the only NP on the Allina Health system-wide EPIC Committee. These experiences have enhanced my leadership skills and helped build lasting relationships throughout the State of Minnesota.
The biggest challenge that NPs face in health care delivery over the next decade is the rapid advancement of technology. This impacts many aspects of care, thus demanding NP adoption. Patients no longer have to come to a clinic or hospital to be seen. Instead, they can choose to use other forms of technology to receive their healthcare. For example, virtual visits can be completed via smart phone and more in-depth clinic visits can be conducted via real-time, face-to-face interactive video connections with a provider. AANP should address this issue by educating both NP providers and patients on technology evaluation as well as discuss risks and benefits of advancing technology use. Ongoing research and education needs to be done to ensure that quality is maintained when using these technologies. With increasing technological advancement and rapid deployment, NPs need to be out front and leading the way to help our underserved populations gain ready access to technology. We also need to continue to think “out of the box” and not be constrained by our medical colleagues into their traditional medical model, but collegially work with them to provide the best health care based on what works best for the patient.
The leadership skills that I bring to AANP are the following: I am able to meet others and establish relationships easily by using my listening skills. I like people and believe that each person has unique set of gifts that can help the greater good. This allows me to hear and assess ideas from many different vantage points. I lead by being not only a leader, but a team player as well as an educator when needed. I am not afraid to ask questions in a respectful, clarifying manner and then offer possible solutions in a non-threatening manner. I am also a “big picture” thinker and like to be able to draw others onto the “team” in order to accomplish goals. I am a goal setter, have an optimistic attitude, and I am ready to approach others regarding tasks and goals with a “can-do” attitude, yet in a realistic way. Using these skills, I proposed that the AANP state representative be involved in the board meetings for the MNNP organization as a non-voting member. This has increased membership as I was able to disseminate local and regional NP activities and ideas statewide, using this knowledge and leveraging my relationships.
I will continue to advance the AANP mission and strategic plan by utilizing the AANP core values of integrity, professionalism, leadership, service and excellence in assisting NPs statewide in retiring “collaborative agreements” that currently exist in our practice environment. While we have been a full practice state since 2015, many of our Minnesota NP colleagues still have collaborative agreements in place. These agreements, in place at clinics and hospitals, directly impact Goal A of the AANP strategic plan in having full and direct access to high-quality care and choosing NPs as their healthcare provider. In Minnesota, it is more prevalent in the rural area and continues to prevent NPs from practicing at the top of our licenses. This has been remedied at some healthcare entities using a couple of different approaches; education of appropriate personnel and open, frank discussions with key personnel. Using integrity, the NP must determine the best approach at his or her healthcare practice. As the state representative, I will continue to have these discussions with my NP colleagues, advocate for the retirement of current collaborative agreements and educate them on how to be acknowledged for their authority, leadership and expertise in high-quality health care.