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I ask for your support in seeking election as Texas North State Liaison. Through roles as a clinical practitioner, leader, policy advocate, educator, and researcher, I have been a champion for advanced practice nursing. I have and continue to demonstrate leadership through multiple executive and committee positions at the institutional, local, state, and national levels. In political initiatives promoting nurse practitioners, I promote the goals of AANP. In the mentoring of nurses at multiple levels and the education of other stakeholders regarding healthcare policy, I advocate and encourage the advancement of our profession. By these endeavors, I demonstrate the importance of having a well qualified slate of officers for the AANP Board of Directors and my dedication to the nomination and election processes of AANP.
Director of Advanced Practice
I served on the AANP Nomination Council for the past 6 years. I currently serve as the Administrator for the North Texas Nurse Practitioners where I oversee the day to day operations of our local group of 530 members. Additionally, I serve on the TNP nomination committee and DEI committee. I am the Treasurer for the Advanced Practice Provider Executives (APPEx) organization and an advisory board member for Nurses Service Organization. My future goals include serving as Texas North State Liaison moving on to Region 6 Director to serve on the Board of Directors of AANP.
The biggest challenge facing NPs is the ability to practice to the full extent of our education. AANP can assist stated in achieving this goal by providing them research from states who have had full practice authority showing the excellent outcome numbers achieved the these expert providers. AANP must recognize that each state must pursue initiatives that will work within their local legislatures. In doing so, they can assist them with writing bills that will pass that align as best possible with AANP's full practice definition.
The leadership skills I can bring to AANP are multiple. I am a well organized individual and focused on detail. This assists me with the ability to multitask in order to accomplish several tasks, especially projects assigned to me. This assisted me when refining the AANP Nomination Council policies, as well as those for Texas Nurse Practitioners and North Texas Nurse Practitioners. I believe in listening to everyone's ideas. This helps to build others innovation. Although I am not the most creative leader, I am able to take other's great ideas and bring these to fruition. I am a strong collaborator. A leader is only as strong as the members of his/her team. Lastly, I am a strong advocate for advanced practice nursing and am willing to take risks when needed to improve our profession.
By serving as Texas North State Liaison, I will strive to advance AANP's mission in the following ways: