Shelagh Larson, DNP. APRN, WHNP-BC, NCMP

Candidate for Texas North State Representative (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

Hi, I am Shelagh Larson. I am a WHNP from Fort Worth, Texas. I am honored to run for the position of AANP Texas North State Representative. Serving you for the past two year has been a privilege. I see how important you are to AANP. Your voice at the US Capitol, safety while delivering quality education and healthcare is a major concern for AANP.

I pledge to serve the state of Texas, along with the South Texas representative, to the best of my ability. I will increase knowledge and registration of AANPs great education opportunities. I love making introductions and connections to new friends.

I pledge reach the 28,000 nurse practitioners in Texas and inspire them to join me in membership at AANP. Together we can visit the headquarters in Austin, make memories in Washington, Anaheim and be part of the best national NP association for ALL NPs.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Clinician at Acclaim Physician Group, a subsidiary of JPS Health Network

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
    • Texas Representative 2019-2021.
    • Region 6 Invitational Leadership Conference, April 2012-2020.
    • Awards Committee 2018-2021.
    • Health Policy Conference: US Capitol Leader 2016-2020.
    • Multi-State Reimbursement Committee 2013.
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH).
    • Board of Directors, Secretary 2018-2020.
    • South Central Regional Rep 2016-2018.
    • Annual conference committee 2016.
    • Membership Committee, 2016-2020 Chair 2017.
    • Health Policy Committee 2019-2021.
  • North American Menopause Society.
    • Professional Education Committee 2013-2014, 2014-2016.
    • Membership Committee 2013-16.
    • NCMP Promotions Task Force 2016-2017.
  • Texas Nurse Practitioners.
    • Board: Secretary 2019-23.
    • Health Policy Committee 2020-21.
    • Legislative Ambassador 2019-2020.
    • Government Action Committee.
      • Member 2010.
      • Appointed Chair 2011-2016.
      • Area Representative 2013-2018.
    • Education Committee 2016-2017.
    • State Conference Planning Committee 2011, 2015, 2017.
  • Texas Department of Insurance: Prior Authorization of Prescription Drug Benefits Advisory Committee 2020-26.
  • Refuge Service of Texas: volunteer trainer, coach new refugee women from around the globe about healthcare laws, practices, and engage in conversation about their new life in the U.S. 2018-2020.
  • Fort Worth Region Nurse Practitioners, president 2012-2014, 2014-2016, 2016-2018.
  • Acclaim/JPS Network.
    • Founder of the APP Council.
    • Medical board 2017-2021 (first non-physician elected).
    • Patient Experience Mastery Program: 2020.
    • Acclaim/UNT Pfizer Menopause Grant team, Provider On-board committee co-chair (first non-physician), 2017-218, AAP Peer Review chair (inaugural year), 2018.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

I imagine the biggest challenges facing NPs going forward will be delivering health care post-Covid. We had the opportunity to experience the impact of a major healthcare crisis. We survived the fallout of lack of supplies, providers burnout, overwhelmed patients census, and a deficient national game plan. We all learned the theoretical “telehealth visit” was a viable, billable, and reimbursable healthcare options. Staying ahead and finding innovative ways to deliver healthcare to all Americans, regardless of ability to pay, access to care and political views will be our biggest challenge. AANP needs to develop ways to incorporate diversity in our approach to caring for all. AANP must address the racial, ethnic and gender biases in healthcare. Covid has taught us we can care for those physically not located in the clinic. AANP should pioneer, support, and foster diverse approaches to reach our patients. We should welcome NP driven think tanks to expand the nurse practitioner essential role and take the leadership position in transforming the way healthcare can be delivered. American trust nurses and we need to carry that torch at the provider level. Enabling all NPs to work at the highest level of our education is the greatest goal.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

Having served the over 28,000 Texas nurse practitioners as the AANP north Texas representative for the past 2 years and Texas Nurse Practitioners for eight years, I am familiar with our NPs needs. Attending the past six Health Policy conferences and active on the AANP Advocacy Center, I stay up to date on the latest national legislation. Serving on National Association of NP in Women’s Health executive board for six years, I have knowledge and experience of how other national NP associations run and get things done. From membership recruitment, CEO search, finances, policy, and education I have been active on all the committees. One of the joys of being a state representative, is involving other AANP members in selecting the Texas NP of Excellence and NP Advocate Awards. I see all the fine NPs that are nominated and all of the amazing accomplishments. I wish I could give each one the award. So being able to showcase all AANP Award winners was a passion for me. Working on the AANP Awards committee, I made the recommendation to appreciate the award winner from each region/state that is easier and user friendly with a wave of the mouse over the state.

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

The Mission of AANP is to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. While many in AANP are FNPs, being a WHNP I truly believe AANP does represent ALL Nurse Practitioners at the national level. I have attended the past six Health Policy as the Capitol leader for Texas. Attended seven annual conferences, presenting twice in the past three. Goal A: Public/Health Care Consumer: I have gone to the US Capitol for the past 6 years under the guidance of AANP to fight for removal practice barriers, increase access to NP-provided care, and increase our legislator’s knowledge and support for NP Goal B: Reputation, Authority and Expertise: One of the Strategies is to Increase strategic alignment with state and national organizations. I have served on Texas Nurse Practitioners board for over 7 years. I have presented to local Texas AANP affiliates about the advantages of membership, education, and policy opportunities. I have recruited many NPs to attend their first AANP annual and health policy conference. Goal C: Parity in Compensation/Reimbursement: We are challenged to serve on insurance panels. I have been selected as the only APP on Texas Insurance Association 2021-2026.