Donald Bucher, DNP, ACNP-BC, FCCP, CCRN

Candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners,

My name is Donald Bucher and I am seeking another term as your AANP State Representative. Over the past two years I have been able to provide you with information on federal and state legislation, AANP mission and answer questions about barriers to your practice. My goals for the next two years are:

  1. Provide communication and educate the nurse practitioners of Pennsylvania on goals and mission of AANP and how we can help AANP achieve the goals.
  2. Work with the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and other nurse practitioner organizations to remove barriers to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. Grow Pennsylvania’s AANP NP Membership by educating nurse practitioners, nurses and student nurse practitioners on the importance of AANP and how participation though membership can improve clinical practice.
Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Ambassador Nurse Practitioner-Hospitalist Provider at Crozier Hospital in Philadelphia.

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

AANP Pennsylvania State Representative- Current
Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Treasurer 2016- Present
Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Executive Board Member 2016-Present
Northwest Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Association President 2014-2015
Northwest Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioner Association President Elect 2012-2014

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing nurse practitioners in the delivery of health care in my opinion is the failure to modernize current laws, statues and regulations at both the state and federal levels. As long as health care delivery is politicized no one wins. AANP is the voice of the nurses practitioners and needs to be the loudest voice at the table. There are too many voices at the state level which complicates and changes the message. Lobbying in each state to remove barriers to practice is one way to help address the issue. The same message in all 50 states and territories is powerful. Failure to modernize the laws, regulations and statues will lead to dissatisfaction, frustration and burnout.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

As a transformational leader, I believe if we all work together we can make change happen. I will bring those skills that I have used in my clinical and volunteer leadership roles to grow membership, develop initiatives and communicate changes in AANP to the nurse practitioners of Pennsylvania. I have served as Treasurer for the PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP), in Pennsylvania, since 2016. I have led the budgeting process and work to propose common-sense changes that will improve PCNP’s finances, allowing the organization to drive policy in PA. I developed a strategic investment and savings plan with finance committee members assuring financial stability. Continuing my quest to ensure the future growth of PCNP, I developed a corporate sponsorship and advertising program that will bring in steady non-dues revenue. All of these initiatives were developed and presented to the PCNP board using transformational leadership methods. As a leader I believe Your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more; you are a leader” J. Adams.

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

The mission of AANP is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. My passion for teaching both formal and informal will allow me to advance the mission of AANP. Social media is a powerful tool that can reach a younger generation of nurse practitioners. Education about changes to practice, health policy, research opportunities, and leadership opportunities and through multiple media platforms will help AANP reach new nurse practitioners along with other nurse practitioners who do not use traditional methods of media print and email. I will use my passion, drive, and experience to empower nurse practitioners to become involved in health policies. I will use my leadership role to remove barriers to practice though advocacy at the federal and state level. I will also share with student nurse practitioners, and current nurse practitioners why joining AANP is so instrumental to their practice. Every legislative year some bills are introduced that can affect practice. I will continue to fight for full practice in Pennsylvania by helping the state organization develop strategies to engage members, non-members and coalition partners.