Please elect me as your state representative to AANP. I have been a member since 2001 and an OAAPN member since 1998. Since 2008 I have been on OAAPN’s Board of Directors as president, Director, Prescriptive Authority and Director, Government Relations. I am fluent in state and federal laws, and their barriers, which impact how Ohio NPs practice. My leadership skills have been honed through my experience as a Navy Nurse, Director of a Level I Emergency Department, and Chief, Clinical Operations for a mid-size NP practice. I have attended dozens of AANP national, health policy, specialty and regional conferences since 2008. I have been mentored by Ohio’s top NP leaders to continue AANP’s strategic mission. My leadership, professional commitment, resources and organizational skills, in addition to my successful Ohio legislative initiatives, puts me in a position to work well with Ohio’s nursing organizations to advance and promote our profession.
Nurse Practitioner - Full time, Clinical Practice in advanced wound care & primary dermatology
I have attended the AANP Health Policy Leadership Conference annually 2014, 2016 - 2019
I presented a clinical lecture at the 2017 AANP National Conference in Philadelphia
I presented a clinical lecture at the 2016 AANP Specialty Conference in Chicago
I have attended the Region 5 meetings annually since 2016
2014 - present: Director, Government Relations, Board of Directors, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
- 2015 Authored language for HB 216 (Passed) which created APRN licensure and an exclusionary formulary relieving nurse practitioners from a 32 page inclusionary formulary.
- 2016 Authored language for HB 111(Passed) to allow psychiatric nurse practitioners to "Pink Slip" appropriate individuals
- 2019 Authored language for HB 177 (in committee) which will relieve Ohio nurse practitioners of mandatory collaboration after a 2000 hour transition to practice.
- 2016 - Admitted to the AANP fellows program for educational and leadership excellence
2012 - 2014: Director, Prescriptive Authority, Board of Directors, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
2009-2012: President, Board of Directors, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
Though it has improved over the two decades that I have been an NP, I see a lack of solidarity as a profession to be one such challenge. I see we have weakened cracks when our profession is threatened by voices of adversity such as how our training and education is less than adequate, how our initial preparation is not comprehensive and obtaining additional education and training through continuing education does not matter. It is pitting NP against NP. I believe AANP could change this situation by being pragmatic, reasonable and less academic by surveying members, not only on this topic, but others. Except with bylaw changes and elections when is the member collective heard on guiding principles that direct the organization?
I was educated, trained and groomed for leadership excellence during my career as a Navy Nurse. This training complemented my position as Director of a Level 1 Trauma Center in Cleveland, Ohio as well as facilitating the APRN state organization board of directors as President for two terms. I authored countless policies and procedures, edited even more with evidenced based material which lead to my competence in writing legislation. See legislative accomplishments above.
Many of the goals and objectives listed under the strategic plan I work toward and have achieved a degree of success now. -Remove practice barriers and increase access to NP-provided care. -Increase provider-neutral language in statutes, regulations and the health care industry. -Identify and monitor barriers to reimbursement Objectives and strategies where I have the knowledge, resources and organization skills to positively influence would be: