NPs have an impactful role in the health care system and will be significant participants in the future with the vision of full practice authority nationwide. With transformational leadership, NPs are the voice for patients across our country. I believe that we can all do this together from the rural to the urban areas.
Program Director of the MSN/FNP program at South University and Associate Professor.
Over the past ten years, Dr. Jessup has participated as an active leader at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Jessup served as the Austin Area Regional Reprehensive for the Texas Nurse Practitioner board from 2014 through 2018, as a Board Member at Large from 2019 to current. She also chaired the Preceptor Advisory Group for a one-year term in 2018 and is currently Chair of the TNP Student Advisor Group. Dr. Jessup also served on the Education and Conference Committee from 2012 through 2018 and acted as the co-chair from 2015 through 2018. At the national level, Dr. Jessup participated as the TNP National Legislative Association Committee representative in 2017. Dr. Jessup is the current AANP Texas State Representative South. With visionary leadership, she saw identified a need for a local area advanced practice group. Following dedicated efforts to organize advanced practice nurses in the region, the Williamson County Coalition for Advanced Practice was founded in 2020 with Dr. Jessup as president. Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning a month after the kick-off meeting, the group continues to move forward and adapt to the changing healthcare climate.
Meeting the demands of health care challenges in our global economy is one of the most significant challenges facing the NP profession over the next decade. Nurse Practitioners already face challenges with COVID-19 and potential new pandemics predicted for the future. The widening disparity of healthcare coverage due to social determinants of health will continue to play a significant role in health outcomes. NP's have a long, robust history of providing high-quality care and positive outcomes to mitigate the healthcare coverage gap. Moving forward, AANP and our state organization will need to work toward collaboration as a unified voice to improve health policy for our patients at both the state and federal levels
Transformational leadership is an essential leadership skill to possess in the nursing profession. As an NP leader, our job is to encourage and inspire the next generation of nursing leadership. NP leadership should always strive to mentor the next generation of leaders who will replace current leadership. In 2020, Dr. Jessup founded the Williamson County Coalition of Advanced Practice applying transformation leadership principles. The board of five members contains three previous students taught by Dr. Jessup. As examples of Dr. Jessup’s abilities as a mentor and facilitator, these former students demonstrate a willingness to serve and the knowledge and the skills necessary to lead advanced practice nurses into the future. As the COVID-19 pandemic began the lockdown one month after hosting the first meeting, Dr. Jessup led the board in adapting to the sudden restrictions of isolation and kept the local organization thriving to become an AANP NP Organization (NPO) and a Texas Nurse Practitioner (TNP) Affiliate.
AANP Strategic Pan and mission work together cohesively. As an NP leader, Dr. Jessup will uphold both the mission and strategic plan of the AANP by working with students and practicing NPs to facilitate transformational leadership skills and mentor empowerment at the grassroots level. During the last 14 years, Dr. Jessup has worked with uninsured populations both locally and internationally; she has a strong desire to advance health care to vulnerable populations by advocating to mitigate disparities in the social determinates of health. Lastly, Dr. Jessup proposes to promote and encourage NP research to lead to the way for the application of evidence-based practice. NP's have a wealth of information through practice and need to become a more proactive voice in the nursing research literature.