My name is Dr. Rosalyn McFarland DNP, RN, APNP, FNP-BC and I am a Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Wisconsin. I am running for office to become the Wisconsin State Representative for AANP as I am committed to actively moving the needle forward on our profession and engaged in health care policy impacting the practice of Nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. I am very versed on the regulations and current legislation involving nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. I know that if nominated to become your state representative that I would work in collaboration with AANP to not only make an impact on our profession but be the change agent for nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. Let’s rock Wisconsin!
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-President/Founder of the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Practitioners (2017-present) -Wisconsin Women Council Governor Appointed (2019-present) -Advisory Board MSOE college (2019-present) -Duke Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program (2018-2019) -APRN Coalition of Wisconsin Nurses Association organizational member (2016-present)
As a Family Nurse Practitioner I believe the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next decade, is the community understanding of what a nurse practitioner does . Individuals in the community lack this understanding,, as well as, our legislators which is a critical concern, because how will we get support from our legislators on bills impacting the practice of nurse practitioners, when they don't even understand our scope of practice. AANP has already started to address this issue to support NPs and the populations they serve by developing the campaign #WeChooseNPs. AANP has also created fact sheets that defines the scope of practice for nurse practitioners per state, I commend AANP in doing this and know that this type of education and support allows us to further legislative bills relating to the practice of nurse practitioners, and to get the support of our stakeholders and legislators to move forward critical bills impacting the practice of nurse practitioners.
In my professional career as a nurse practitioner I have developed and implemented primary care services for a former employer a service line that they never had before, to be integrated into a behavioral healthcare setting. I have been at the forefront of the development and implementation of an employee health clinic for a former employer as well. I founded and implemented my independent primary care practice treating patients cross the lifespan. Initiated and founded the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Practitioners and we have close to 20+ members at this time. The leadership and professional skills that I have acquired during the process of the above mentioned activities has been pivotal to my professional growth as a nurse practitioner from understanding the credentialing and contracting process, understanding the regulations impacting nurse practitioner practice in the state of Wisconsin and actively getting involved in health care policy. I have actively participated and recruited other nurse practitioners to participate in lobby day in regards to the APRN modernization bill currently in legislation. I stay uptodate on any changes in health care policy impacting nurse practitioners, and share information with my colleagues on a regular basis via social media and other communication channels.
If elected to the position I am seeking I would assist to propose the mission and strategic plan of AANP by seeking to engage more nurse practitioners through the state of Wisconsin. As we all know numbers equal power and more voices creates change. I would actively seek to connect with various key stakeholders within the state of Wisconsin I would seek nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin to create committees on the particular areas impacting the practice of nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. I would continue my involvement in the APRN Modernization Act in the state of Wisconsin to engage in the movement to push this bill forward, that would allow Full Practice Authority in the state of Wisconsin. In addition I would setup monthly open office hours to speak with nurse practitioners throughout the state of Wisconsin regarding any concerns on the various topics impacting their practice and to keep them informed of legislative changes impacting nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. Lastly, I would launch a public awareness campaign in the state of Wisconsin to increase awareness of Nurse Practitioners in the state of Wisconsin.