I promise to represent all AANP members and the NP profession through advocacy and education. Wyoming has an excellent practice environment, and I will monitor legislation that threatens this practice environment. I will promote bills and legislation that will further benefit NP practice. I will continue to educate legislators and other medical professions, including physician groups, on the scope and breadth of NP education and practice. Often lack of knowledge is the foundation for practice barriers and organized resistance to full practice authority and equal pay parity. My goal is to continue working with legislators, NP organizations, NPs, and other medical groups to support legislation and education related to NP practice. I will represent all Wyoming NPs. Additionally, I will be available to hear your ideas, concerns, and difficulties related to NP practice and relationships. I will bring the Wyoming voice to the AANP table and be a change leader.
Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Hospitalist
The biggest challenge facing NPs is two-fold, gaining full practice authority (FPA) and the respect and trust of other medical professions. Without trust and respect, FPA is challenging to obtain. Many physician groups openly advocate against FPA for various reasons. However, the overall theme is an NPs lack of experience and education. Several steps are needed to address this issue, with education being the core theme. NP education programs have become less rigorous. Although AANP is not directly involved in curriculum regulation, AANP can make evidence-based recommendations on providing high-quality education and evaluating educational outcomes through validation of competencies. Educational outcome data obtained from competency-based validation is difficult to dispute. This data will present evidence of the high-quality medical care an NP will provide. Physicians, other medical professions, and legislators are not fully aware of the true scope of practice of an NP. Providing education on the scope and breadth of an NP's capabilities is imperative in gaining support from the medical community and legislation. This education should include competency-based validation data and clinical care outcomes. Additionally, NPs should be encouraged to hold positions within state healthcare communities to demonstrate knowledge and help guide well-informed decision making.
I am the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program director and a co-Director of Clinical Education (DCE) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. The position has placed me in a role that allows me to develop a graduate program, create course curriculum, develop policies, and initiate system changes regarding clinical and didactic education. I have streamlined the clinical paperwork process by developing a paperwork portal utilizing the already existing LMS. Additionally, I have developed policies to ensure that preceptors are appropriate for the student's learning experience. The paperwork process and preceptor screening comply with accreditation standards and allows data to be stored and tracked efficiently. My role as an ENP program director has given me the ability to be innovative with distance education during the pandemic. Students are sent high-level simulation materials and are taught procedures during synchronise virtual sessions. Additionally, additional program tracks offering varied ENP programs are in the development process. Additionally, I work clinically in a critical access facility as a sole provider in the ER and hospital. In this role, I direct the care of patients through the healthcare team. To provide evidence-based, high-quality patient care, I must be an effective leader.
My goals and professional beliefs closely align with AANP's mission and strategic plan. Specifically, I believe that education leads to empowerment. Empowerment of NP professions will bring confident AANP members to the organization. An organization's strength is derived from its members. Therefore, empowered members will strengthen the AANP's organizational standing. I would accomplish Goal A of the strategic plan with active involvement in the state's legislative sessions. I will support and promote bills that advocate and advance NP practice. I currently work closely with the WCAPN, promoting APRN practice throughout the state. Additionally, I am a board member with Community Action of Laramie County. Board membership allows me to guide evidence-based decisions related to the homeless clinic. These two ventures begin to address Goal B of the strategic plan. To address Goal C, I will work with legislators and state-level entities such as the BON and Hospital association to advocate for NP reimbursement parity. In addition to the above-outlined strategies to address the strategic plan and, in turn, addressing Goal D through advocacy and education, I am interested in grant writing, specifically for increased NP education and increased resources for rural facilities.