Candidate for Rhode Island State Representative

Campaign Message:

As a seasoned leader of NPs in the state of RI and as a past state representative at AANP, I offer over three decades of leadership in education, policy development and clinical practice to this position. I will work tirelessly for the NPs in Rhode Island to promote and maintain the respect, visibility, and practice of nurse practitioners as key players in the workforce transformation of health care providers locally and nationally.

Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Director, Advanced Practice Nursing Programs

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

Dr. Denise Coppa has served as the Director of Advanced Practice Nursing Programs at the University of Rhode Island (URI) for the past year. She is principal investigator (PI) of an Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration grant funded to sustain and enhance Academic Clinical Partnerships, between URI and 2 major health care organizations in Rhode Island, established through a previous Advanced Nursing Education grant Certified as a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has maintained clinical practice as a nurse practitioner, throughout her career. Leadership includes Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and former AANP state representative. She is founding member, current board member and past president of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of RI.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenges facing nurse practitioners in the next decade will continue to be lack of parity with physicians through third party reimbursement. This needs to be rectified for NP's to work to their full practice authority. AANP should continue it's lobbying and policy development efforts to promote a solution to payment inequality, particularly through CMS.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

For the past three decades I have been a leader and at the forefront of legislative authorship and lobbying in the state legislature. I have accomplished this through collaboration with NP colleagues to establish the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of RI (NPARI) that has given NP's a voice in RI to influence the legislature to pass, most recently, the nurse practice act with NCSBN,LACE language to assure continuation of advanced practice authority for NP's in RI. I also worked closely with the Board of Nursing in RI to encourage adoption of administrative regulations that supported the statute. I serve on the RI Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Board to the Board of Nursing in RI, appointed by the governor. I also serve on the Loan Repayment Program Board through the Department of Health. Also a governor's appointment. I am the initiator and project director of an academic clinical partnership between the College of Nursing and 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Rhode Island.

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

i will work at the state level to increase public awareness of NP practice through dissemination of information through my academic clinical partnership and through media presentations in conjunction with the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of RI (NPARI). NPARI will continue to have bi-annual conferences and monthly meeting to increase the awareness of NP's in RI of the work that AANP accomplishes. This includes information on continuing education offerings, advocacy, research grants and legislative advances.