I am running for Wisconsin AANP State Representative office because I believe that NPs are the answer to many of the issues plaguing the health care system today. I believe that over 30 years of involvement in policy and practice issues has provided me with the history and background needed to help Wisconsin navigate into the future. I presently sit on a number of state committees as a nursing representative, looking at the future of health care in Wisconsin. Over these 30 years, I have made many contacts able to assist in empowering NPs toward full practice authority and in providing the safe, quality care that NPs are known for. I believe that being a practicing NP helps keep me in touch with the issues of NPs in Wisconsin. I am ready to use my experience and connections to advocate for your needs.
Family NP in rural clinic as sole provider within a health care system
2017-2019 AANP State Representative 2017-2019 NP Forum of WNA, President 2017-2019 APRN Coalition of Wisconsin, secretary 2018-2019 AANP Practice Committee, member 2018-2019 APRN Roundtable of WNA, co-chairperson 2017-2019 City Health Officer Marion, WI 2017-2019 Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) of ThedaCare Medical Center New London, board member 2017-2019 Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW), board member 2018-2019 WCMEW task force “Leveraging Health Care Workforce” nursing board member 2017-2018 ThedaCare System Nursing Council, Ambulatory APN representative
I believe the biggest challenge facing NPs in the next decade is obtaining full practice authority (FPA) at both the state and federal levels. For non-FPA states, obtaining this is becoming more difficult due to increased pressures and obstacles from organized medicine. For some states that are FPA, there are stipulations for transition to practice, which also limits NPs practice. For all states, FPA and non-FPA alike, there are federal restrictions which still impact NPs ability to practice. Until all practice barriers, both state and federal, are removed, NPs ability to deliver care is negatively impacted. I believe AANP will need to work more closely with states to remove all barriers affecting care delivery. At the federal level, AANP will need to continue their existing work and to splinter regulations. I believe that if NPs have FPA at state and federal levels and the marketplace is opened for competition, all NPs will prevail in providing care to the populations they serve. Free competition will allow innovative care delivery models to be implemented, and NPs can thrive successfully as they have been “thinking outside the box” for decades.
I have held a variety of leadership roles over the last 30 years, both local and national. Locally, I was the chairperson of the Marion Area Coalition for Healthy Communities. Under my leadership the Coalition was successfully awarded multiple grants, including a renewable Federal Department of Justice grant toward interventional program development for adolescent drug and alcohol education; and a Wheat Ridge Ministries grant to evaluate the community’s strengths. I am serving my ninth year as President of the NP (formerly APNP) Forum. During this time, I single-handedly obtained signature recommendation for NPs on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Wrestler’s Skin Rash Evaluation Form. I was instrumental in the inspiration and development of the WNA APRN Roundtable, which works on APRN issues and trends that impact practice, education, research, workforce, and leadership. I was actively involved in planning meetings and testifying to obtain prescriptive authority in Wisconsin over 25 years ago. For the last 11 years, I have been a board member on the APRN Coalition, which is working on FPA legislation for all four roles in Wisconsin. I have been appointed to numerous state level committees as the nursing and/or APRN representative.
If elected, I would advance AANPs Mission and strategic plan through multiple approaches. I will work on practice issues by continuing to push toward full practice authority for Wisconsin as I have for the past 11 years. I will continue to assist with federal issues by attending the Health Policy Conference and bringing back information for state NPs, as I have for the past eight years. In both peer and consumer education, I will continue to write articles in various state health care newsletters regarding the role of NPs. For peers, I will continue to assist in the State’s annual pharmacology conference and provide a legislative session for all attendants as well as reaching out to regional NP groups for legislative updates. I will continue to participate in and contribute to the APRN Roundtable, which provides a platform for analysis of state concerns related to practice, research, education, workforce and leadership. I see the Roundtable platform as very similar to the AANP Strategic Plan. I will continue participation on State committees representing NP interests and work to increase NP representation on these committees.