Laurel Hallock Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN

Candidate for Oregon State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

Coming from a Full Practice State, I believe it is easy to become less involved in National movements for all NPs. I propose that NPs from Oregon can act as the gold standard for working with state and local governments on the promotion of NP practice as well as recommend that NPs be given access to work at their full scope and education. Leadership and advocacy should be on the minds of all practicing NPs and I will work to advance NPs on each and every committee at all levels. This way we increase public awareness and access.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Assistant Professor, OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

I have been a proud AANP member since I became a nurse practitioner and served as the Oregon State Representative for the past two years. During this time I also became active in the AANP social media committee and collaborated with other state representatives to increase awareness of the NP role. While active in my own state NPO, I recently became chair-elect for the APRN shared governance council at OHSU, representing over 400 APRNs. I believe that every health related organization needs a nurse on their boards and representation that reflects the importance of Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses to the health of their communities.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

2020 has shown us how fragile our health care infrastructure is in the United States. From health care inequities, structural racism, access to care as well as supplies (PPE, testing) during the emergence of COVID, it has been heartening to see the support our Federal, State and Local governments have shown toward Nurse Practitioners and other health care providers. Finally allowing for us to sign for home health orders is one step in the right direction. Yet we have so much more to address: diabetic shoes, recognition from ACOs and CCOs as HCPs, and the ability to practice at the top of our scope and education in each and every state. Now that we have obtained one of our goals, it's most important for AANP to continue to promote the role of NPs in the health of Americans as well as for NPs to understand/realize the importance of membership and activism.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

As a member of AANP and the state representative, I was able to connect with NPs across the country. One such connection was with NPs in Tennessee. They were the last state to restrict NPs to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder resulting in an increase of opioid overdose deaths and decreased access in rural communities. Heather Jackson, NP and I collaborated to write an op-ed detailing the misguided policy of preventing NPs (and PAs) to write for buprenoprhine, particularly since the rest of the 49 states and US territories allowed for this prescribing. The Op-Ed was published in Tennessee and subsequently shared across social media and electronically (newspapers tend to send their stories now across the country). As of this writing, Tennessee has FINALLY allowed for NPs to sign for buprenorphine allowing for more access to this live saving medication. I feel the connections at AANP allowed for this to happen. Were we the tipping point? Maybe. But I believe the NP voice can be harnessed if we join forces and work together and look forward to moving in the direction on ongoing collaboration.

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

Coming from a Full Practice State, I believe it is easy to become less involved in National movements for all NPs. I propose that NPs from Oregon can act as the gold standard for working with state and local governments on the promotion of NP practice as well as recommend that NPs be given access to work at their full scope and education. Leadership and advocacy should be on the minds of all practicing NPs and I will work to advance NPs on each and every committee at all levels. This way we increase public awareness and access.