Deborah Gray, DNP, FNP-C, ANP-BC, FAANP

Candidate for Virginia State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

It’s been an honor to serve as your interim Virginia AANP State Representative, and humbly ask for your continued support in the upcoming AANP vote. Here's my background in a nutshell. In addition to practicing for 29 years as an NP (and NP business owner) in Virginia, I’m an MSN/DNP educator at ODU, AANP Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. I’ve chaired Regional, National, and International policy committees; lobbied at the Virginia and National level; spoken to groups and legislative bodies; organized events; developed health policy fellowships; and empowered other NPs to join the efforts to impact and attain legislative change. As your interim AANP representative and an NP, actively leading in and across the VCNP/State, AANP/National, and ICN/Global worlds, I've worked to build relationships and collaborative partnerships. My passion is to ensure that NPs have a stronger voice for change that impacts and enhances our care and our profession.Thank you!

Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

FNP, Associate Clinical Professor, Associate Graduate Program Director

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

AANP • AANP Virginia State Representative (Interim) 2019-2020 • Steering Group Member, International Committee and Ambassador Program, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2015-present) • Old Dominion University AANP Organization Representative (2015-present) Other Organizations • Chair, Government Relations Tidewater (Eastern Virginia) Region, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (2013-present) • Co-Chair, NP/APN Research Subgroup, International Council of Nurses NP/APN Network (2016-present). • International Council of Nurses, Nurse Prescribing Position Paper Workgroup Member (2019) • US Fulbright Scholar, University of Botswana and World Health Organization Collaboration Center Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa (2018-2019) • Anglophone Africa Advanced Practice Nursing Development Coalition (2018-present) • Fellowship Development Group, Global Health Student Fellows Program, United Nations Foundation (2017-present) • Virginia Co-Leader, Shot at Life Global Immunization Policy Initiative, United Nations Foundation (2014-present) • National DNP/FNP Curriculum Leadership Committee, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (2014-2018)

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The greatest challenge in the next decade is ensuring that NPs have a stronger voice that impacts and enhances our care and our profession, to improve patient outcomes and health care overall. AANP can support this in several ways: First, there needs to be more NPs at the table where decisions are made, whether in the board room, governing body, or regulatory board, etc. AANP could create a support structure to empower many more NPs into these decision-making roles. Second, further strong marketing of who we are and our stands on health care issues would improve our impact. Finally, information is power. AANP has done a great job of providing resources to assist NPs clinically and in other areas. For example, they have supported NP research by initiating the AANP Network for Research and funding for research. In a similar light, AANP could develop similar support mechanisms for advocacy such as a network for advocacy, where NPs from around the nation could connect to share ideas and best practices, and collaborate to help each other to advance our voice on issues.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I have chaired policy committees, lobbied at the state and national level, spoken to groups and legislative bodies, organized events, developed policy fellowships, and empowered others to join in the efforts to impact and attain policy change. As Tidewater Government Relations Chair, I testified for Full Practice Authority (FPA) at the Virginia Legislature, helped develop talking points for NPs in Virginia, and organized legislative events advocating FPA, hosting over 100 nursing and legislator attendees. On the founding AANP International Ambassadors Committee, I co-wrote the Ambassador selection and application criteria, raised significant program funds, and served as AANP Ambassador Mentor to visiting international NPs. At the United Nations Foundation, I helped develop a Student Global Health Policy Fellowship graduating over 50 Fellows from around the USA including several NP/DNPs from Virginia. As a Fulbright Scholar in Africa, I worked with nursing officials and educators in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa towards developing the NP/APN role. As International Council of Nurses NP/APN Research Co-Chair, I worked with international NP colleagues to document the competencies and requirements for NPs/APNs worldwide, steering the final compilation and publication of these competencies providing a basis for NP scope of practice policy development worldwide.

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

I would further the mission and strategic plan of AANP through leadership contributions in advocacy, and also in research and practice, that will ultimately empower NPs to impact local, national, and global health. My past contributions and achievements for AANP and the NP profession, and my skill set in policy development, entrepreneurship, research, advocacy, and national/international NP education have prepared me with the background to assist and lead initiatives related to this mission. These also provide evidence that I will be a dedicated, energetic, and innovative state representative that truly can make a difference.