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I am a tireless advocate of the NP role, working to increase the visibility of nurse practitioners as clinicians who provide high-quality care to diverse populations and as individuals capable of leading healthcare organizations. As a leader, I present information to overcome barriers that may limit the ability of NPs within an organization. I am highly organized and have a strategic viewpoint that is helpful when envisioning future potential. My leadership potential has continued to evolve, first when I stepped into a section chief role in 2014 and advocated for changes to allow my appointment as primary care division chief in 2020. I have served as a previous chair of my statewide organization. As your Oregon State Liaison, it would be my honor to continue this work for all Oregon NPs so that each of us can reach our fullest potential.
Primary Care Division Chief
The goal is to serve as Oregon state liaison if selected by the membership and then pursue a regional director position.
The biggest challenge, which has been ongoing, is the perception that NPs are not adequately trained upon graduation to serve as primary care providers without physician support in such functions as managing patient panels. Having the capacity to meet the ever changing needs of the healthcare environment will require that all clinicians work to the fullest extent of their training and ability to improve the overall health of the population. Restrictions on full practice authority, on both the state and federal level, must be eliminated in order advance population health and overcoming the misconceptions regarding NP knowledge will be key in eliminating those restrictions.
I have been an advocate for many years of the NP role within the organization, working to increase NP responsibility within our organization. I volunteered to take on leadership roles within the organization whenever the opportunity presented itself. I have served as a section lead and the APC representative on the network operating council. I believe in pushing the boundaries and seeking answers as to why a physician would be more qualified to lead than an NP. I use research and evidence to support my belief that an NP can lead and serve to address clinician and patient needs. In 2021, the current division chief elected to retire, and I decided to apply for that role. Historically, this position had only been held by physicians. It was necessary to develop partnerships and support with other physician leaders, advocating for change in the position requirements to allow an NP or PA to apply for the position. This change was made and in March 2021, I became the first nonphysician division chief within PeaceHealth. In the future, others will be able to assume this role as the change was made system-wide in both the outpatient and acute care settings.