My name is Lisa C. Bayhi, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP, I have 19 years of dedicated leadership experience in the NP community. I hold the honor of induction to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). As an AANP member since 2003, I am actively involved in Region 6 activities and serve on several national committees. I served on the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners’ (LANP) Board of Directors for over 15 years as regional representative, health policy chair, secretary, vice-president and president of LANP. My current clinical practice provides comprehensive care to homebound patients. As an outstanding contributor to health care through clinical practice and advocacy, I have numerous scholarly presentations, publications and act as a legal consultant. I am passionately committed to sustaining the vision of AANP through ever-developing acquired research, knowledge, expertise and proficiency. I will strive to remove barriers and secure full and direct access to NP services.
Nurse Practitioner with Homedica Housecalls, LLC.
The biggest challenge over the next decade is the delivery of NP health care across state lines and eventually globally. Currently, each state has separate requirements, licensing processes, practice acts and even differing titles, all acting as barriers to needed health care. Since COVID- 19, evidence supports the future of health care is in telehealth and the ability to deploy NP providers where they are needed, regardless of where they currently practice. The goal should be seamless access to NP care across state lines. Louisiana has lifted the collaborative practice agreement (CPA) restriction of APRN practice to allow NPs to meet the needs of residents. The results speak for themselves; NPs provide safe, quality care and need to continue that care without the CPA, not only in Louisiana, but nationally. AANP, as the voice of NPs, should support and lead the permanent suspension of CPAs across the nation. AANP should continue the fight to remove barriers and secure full and direct access to NP services, promote the removal of NP practice restrictions, support telehealth and encourage seamless licensing processes across state lines to meet the current and future needs of our nations’ citizens.
I am a health care veteran of 35 years who began making contributions as a newly minted NP 19 years ago when I joined the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP). I immediately began service as a patient advocate while working to advance the profession through changes in health policies. As the LANP Health Policy Chair, I used my leadership and organizational skills to pilot and provide testimony for legislation for the first time in Louisiana history to eliminate the collaborative practice agreement (CPA). Many NPs wanted to continue practice under the CPA, even testifying against LANP legislation. I engaged in a grassroots effort to garner support to embrace the concept of full and direct access to NP services. This initiative began a process that continues today in Louisiana. The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners published rules and regulations to change NP practice, literally usurping the authority of the Louisiana Board of Nursing and placing NP practice under their control. Through my leadership as president of LANP, we mobilized previously established grassroots contacts and networked with stakeholders to oppose these proposals at their public hearing. Over 80 individuals attended the meeting to successfully stop this assault on NP practice.
I propose to advance the AANP Mission and Strategic Plan through 19 years of dedicated leadership experience in the NP community. I am passionately committed to sustaining the vision of AANP through ever-developing acquired research, knowledge, expertise and proficiency. COVID-19 has been devastating. In Louisiana, removal of practice restrictions opened a pathway for future sustained legislative change. NPs have proved their expertise and value by meeting the overwhelming challenges and should continue without barriers to practice. Patients across state lines should continue to have full and direct access to high-quality health care through NP health care providers. I will use my experience networking with legislators in Louisiana and in Washington, D.C., to advance NP ideals of excellence in patient-centered health care and advocate for parity with other health care providers. I have experience in the legislative process and have maneuvered well in grassroots efforts with a professional commitment congruent with the ideals of AANP. In this changing health care arena, I believe these efforts will enrich the mission of AANP and act as a springboard to launch greater involvement and unity in the health policy process for NPs nationally and globally. I can be an asset to further enhance and promote AANP through health care’s evolution.