I will continue to work for all APRNs in Oklahoma, leading the charge for change. United by one goal, one voice, we will push Oklahoma over the line in our drive for full practice authority.
CEO Family HealthCare Clinics, Inc.
I have been an active member of AANP since 2000. I took over the Oklahoma State Representative positive after the untimely death of Mindy Whitten in 2018. I have been a member of AONP since 2000, a board member since 2008. I have been a state representative, President Elect/Conference Chair, President, and now Legislative Chair. I have been active in writing and reviewing Oklahoma Biils, Rules and legislative agendas for 12 years.
NPs have multiple challenges and a year ago the challenge was FPA. While FPA continues to be a challenge across the states there are many new challenges that NPs face which include access to Covid testing, PPE, financial support for small businesses. NPs are faced with AOC and managed care organizations moving into states and NPs must have a seat at the table in the negotiations of the state contracts. NPs need to continue to support the states with FPA to prevent eroding of the states that have FPA. NPs need to strength the graduate requirements for graduation and preparation for clinical application.
Through my years as a nurse I have developed the basic skills to listen, learn and share knowledge. I have used these skills to advance my professional career . One must first listen when negotiating at every level. Whether working with students, employees or law makers there is a need to understand their knowledge, their assessment and work toward a common goal, if obtainable. I have also learned that common goals are not always obtainable and negotiation is often a resource that moves the needle.
I have always worked to move Oklahoma towards full practice authority and improved the working conditions of APRNs in the state of Oklahoma. I strive to build relationships between the APRNs and the state associations as well as APRNs and legislators. I work to build the relationship with APRN and AANP. I have used this platform to bring experiences from our regional meetings to the state and develop a broad foundation of networking through AANP leadership.