Being a servant leader is a passion of mine. I have had the privilege to lead, influence, and encourage others to engage in education, leadership, mentoring, and health policy to promote the role of the nurse practitioner. As a DNP student, I attended the AANP Health Policy Conference and gained insight and knowledge from AANP leaders across the nation. Through campaign committee work I have been mentored and led to influence policy makers to make decisions on bills that will directly affect our patients and our practice. If chosen as the state representative for PA, I will continue influence through service and leadership of this organization to promote the role of the nurse practitioner as a leader in healthcare.
Clinical Service Manger
10/2019-present: GAPNA Liberty chapter Director at Large
2019-present: PCNP Health Policy Committee member
2017-present: Bux-mont Regional Representative
2015-present: Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Chi Vice president
2012-present: Care for PA campaign committee member
Nurse practitioners are challenged to lead, strategize, and develop the healthcare system and future providers of a system challenged by a shortage of primary care providers, scope of practice restrictions, legislative changes, and the personal challenges often met in this important role. Over the past few decades, nurse practitioners have become an essential component of a health care system that is focused on wellness and preventative medicine, as well as reduced overall cost and waste of health care resources, while developing and mentoring future generations of providers. This challenge has been consistently met through advanced education, leadership and influence by nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners have the knowledge and skills necessary to make health policy decisions and influence major health systems. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) should continue to lead and develop nurse practitioners to meet the healthcare system challenges faced today. Through the provision of knowledge, leadership opportunities, and mentoring, nurse practitioners can gain the skills and strength necessary to continue to carry the burden imposed by the current healthcare system demands. AANP is challenged with keeping nurse practitioners informed, energized, and passionate about their role as providers and leaders in a challenged and dynamic healthcare system.
I have grown from novice to expert nurse practitioner in the long-term care environment and in leading healthcare teams. Developing my passion for care of the elderly, poor, and those with multiple comorbid conditions has enabled me to pass the influence others to do the same. Develop from provider to clinical advisor to clinical manager, gave me the opportunity to learn from NP leaders, colleagues, and physicians to produce excellent clinical outcomes, develop customer relationships, leadership, and educational skills necessary to influence larger groups of NP’s, nurses, and physicians. As a member of multiple committee and informal groups, I have been able to educate and influence others. As a health policy committee member, I gained the confidence and knowledge needed to campaign for full practice authority for my state for seven years, lobby at my state’s capital for five years, and lobby at the U.S. Capital in Harrisburg for two consecutive years. Articulating the need for policy change to continue to care for vulnerable populations is a passion of mine. Presenting at local, state, and national conferences such as PCNP, AANP, PMDA, and as a guest lecture at local universities such as Villanova is a passion of mine. Leading nurse practitioners to engage in NP organizational membership and personal growth and development is something I have been honored to do on a daily basis. I have had great NP mentors in my educational, personal, and professional life and am privileged to pass that torch to others.
As a state representative for PA, I will continue to empower NP's at the state and national level. Engaging in education, health policy, and NP leadership activities will allow me to influence and promote nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure. Being a state representative will allow me to continue to educate and perform the research necessary to engage in AANP's strategic plan; to help patients nationwide appreciate the elimination of practice barriers and increase trust and awareness in the NP as an integral part of a healthcare system burdened by escalating costs, limited access, and the burden of chronic conditions on morbidity and mortality rates.