Having lived and worked in both rural and urban Idaho, I feel I am uniquely qualified to help our state and national organization develop a strategy for improved alignment. I have experience in grassroots leadership as well as servant leadership training. I have worked with NPs in our state organization and am familiar with the diverse needs of our state. Supporting my candidacy for this position will be a vote to continue to drive positive legislative change, advocate for our role at both a state and national level and, through this, ultimately advance the health and care of our patients together.
Clinical Assistant Professor.
I believe the biggest challenge facing NPs in delivery of health care over the next decade will be directly related to how we are surviving this current pandemic. There have been a lot of changes put in place to increase patient access while distancing. With this, barriers have been lifted that had previously been in place. This has led to a platform change in delivery of care. Making sure payment models, from both CMS and private insurers, are equitably reimbursing the NP provider will be important. The pandemic has also led to some routine care being sidelined which leads to increased chronic health issues. NPs in the state of Idaho provide the majority of primary care. We may be seeing more challenging chronic disease patients in primary care, along with COVID-19 patients and patients with post-COVID-19 syndromes. Having legislative support from AANP for continued limitation of practice barriers will remain important. Educational support for streamlined virtual events, knowing that travel restrictions may be in place for a while, becomes imperative. We need to stay connected with each other and the struggles we experience and need to see continued support demonstrated from our national professional organization.
I was privileged to be part of the Servant Leadership Fellowship provided by AANP. This experience allowed for mastery of skills utilizing respect, care and fairness for the well-being of the whole team and supports a collaborative culture. I have integrated the acquired skills into settings where called upon to lead or be a collaborative team member. To me, leadership is about unifying people and ensuring the goal of the team is met by utilizing the strengths of its members. I was a member of the Idaho Healthcare Coalition, appointed by the Governor to represent nursing. During my time on the board, I was able to represent both our patients and our profession. At the conclusion of the coalition, as it was forming another working group, I had the opportunity to participate in how that new team would look. One thing I had noted was that nursing did not have a seat in this new group, despite seats for other health care providers. Recognizing this gap, and the importance of nursing and NPs to be at the table on discussions of increased access to care for patients, allowed for me to utilize my leadership skills to acquire us a seat.
If elected, I propose to implement the AANP Mission to empower all NPs to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership, through sharing Idaho’s successes, experiences and representation in those areas. I have practiced independently in rural northern Idaho so am acutely aware of the rural NP needs. I continue to bring continuing education to the rural part of our state through work with our state NP organization. I can work with other AANP members, sharing factors that have led to legislative success in Idaho. I have attended the National Health Policy conference, meeting with our state legislators to support NPs in diabetic shoe authorization, home health authorization, inclusion of NP patients in shared savings ACOs and access for patients who need cardiac rehabilitative services. I work on the state NPI legislative committee advocating for pay parity, preceptor tax credit and, most recently, the global signature authority bill. I led a research team looking at the impact of COVID-19 on Idaho health care providers, presenting results at the Nurse Leaders of Idaho Conference in November. These activities support the AANP strategic plan and my participation and success with them will enhance the advancement of the AANP mission.