Joan Zaccardi, DrNP, APN-BC, FNP-C, NEAFAANP

Candidate for New Jersey State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, providing women's health care for 20 years. I am the current AANP New Jersey State Representative, a leader in professional nursing organizations and a champion for quality patient care. I am a passionate advocate for nurse practitioners, patient access to care and provider choice at the local, state and federal levels. I am committed to the care of our patients and the advancement of the NP role. As NJ State Representative, I promise to work tirelessly to represent NPs in NJ and to eliminate practice barriers in order to afford our patients the opportunity to choose NPs as their primary or specialist care provider. I am a candidate for action, working to transform the future of health care, and I will represent NPs to the best of my ability. I am a candidate with leadership experience and will serve with integrity, honesty and commitment.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Nurse Practitioner/Practice Manager, Urogynecology Arts of New Jersey, and adjunct faculty, Rutgers University, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Practicum.

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

Over the last 10 years, I have participated as a member and leader in a number of professional organizations and held both volunteer and elected leadership positions. These positions include:

  • 2017 – 2020 AANP NJ State Representative 2020.
  • FAANP Selection Committee member, 2019 – 2020.
  • HRSA ANE-NPR Residency/Fellow Grant Advisory Board Member 2019 – 2020.
  • Volunteer position in Saint Vincent DePaul Society, St. Mary's Church, 2016.
  • Induction FAANP, 2016 – present.
  • NJSNA Joint Protocol Steering Group Committee chair, 2016 – 2018.
  • Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice (FNAP) President, 2016 – 2018.
  • FNAP President elect – responsible for assisting president, 2014 – 2016.
  • FNAP Chair of education committee, 2014 – 2016.
  • NJSNA Region 6 Treasurer – responsible for finances, budgeting and distribution of funds; submitted annual report for audit, 2010 – 2012.
  • ACNP Board of Directors Secretary during the historic merge with AANP, 2009 – 2010.
  • American Academy of OB/GYN and Infertility Nurses, steering committee “Infertility and Reproductive News” Editorial Board member, 2007 – 2010.
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program – invited panelist to review and evaluate applications for graduate scholarships in the biosciences in Arlington, Virginia.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care right now is the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next decade, this will continue to be an important issue in such matters as prevention, health sequelae of the pandemic, changes in lifestyle and the challenge of race disparity and access to care. Access to health care continues to be a problem that is currently compounded by the the loss of employment and loss of health insurance. The challenges and barriers already facing NPs are magnified in this pandemic. AANP has assisted NJ, as well as other states, to waive practice restrictions, thus providing full practice authority by EO during this state of emergency. AANP's continued support in the endeavor to make this a permanent regulation is critical for NJ and other states. NPs are ready to turn these challenges into opportunities and provide quality care to all. As NJ state representative, I work as liaison among the NP organization in moving forward to extend this temporary executive order into permanent full practice authority. Working closely with the AANP policy team, I believe we can overcome the practice barriers and ensure that NPs are equipped to provide the care they are capable of.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My experience and knowledge in clinical practice, education and policy are leadership skills that I will continue to bring to AANP. During my tenure as AANP New Jersey State Representative, I have advanced the strategic goals of the organization by acting as liaison among various NJ state organizations, including AANP, FNAP/NJSNA, SPAPN and CRNA, in order to eliminate the joint protocol requirement. In this capacity, I serve as a voice and resource in discussions in local, state and federal policies affecting NP practice and patient care. An outcome that occurred as a result of my leadership is bill S.1961 voted out of Senate Health Committee. As facilitator of this achievement, I testified before the NJ Senate Committee on behalf of Primary Care NPs offering evidence to support removal of JP practice barriers. The bill was unanimously voted out of committee. More recently, I have participated in the temporary removal of JP during the pandemic, EO 191, that has been extended through November. My participation in this issue continues through educating and persuading legislators for NPs to have full practice authority. As an expert and clinical leader in Primary Women's Health care, I educate NPs through presentations, publications and research.

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

My experience and knowledge in clinical practice, policy and leadership will prove to be valuable assets in contributing to the mission and strategic plan of AANP. As a result of my expert clinical skills, evidence-based practice standards and policy knowledge, I am well positioned to assist in empowering NPs "to advance quality care through practice, education, advocacy and research." I have proven my commitment to this mission through my participation in state and national nursing organizations. As a result of my participation, I have advanced the recognition of NJ NPs through grassroots efforts for prescriptive and scheduled II authority, signing of death certificates and continuing the quest for full practice authority. Acting as a contact for our state members, I will assist in providing education and be available for accompanying visits to legislators, as well as recruiting members through addressing students and networking at events. I will continue to ensure that NPs have a "seat at table," lending my voice to important health care issues that affect NPs as well as our patients. My experience in all four pillars of AANP mission, "practice, advocacy, research and leadership" makes me well suited to continue my position as NJ State Representative.