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Sun Jones, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Candidate for Arizona State Liaison

Sun Jones

Campaign Message:

With over twenty years of experience as a bilingual family nurse practitioner and founder of a nonprofit for underserved communities in Arizona, my goals align closely with AANP’s strategic aims of providing accessible, equitable healthcare. As a candidate for State Liaison, I'm dedicated to bridging cultural differences, strengthening community ties, and supporting policies that highlight the critical role of nurse practitioners, which mirrors AANP's advocacy priorities. My commitment to educating and mentoring students locally and internationally showcases my understanding of the challenges our healthcare community faces and aligns with AANP's focus on ongoing education and leadership. Recognitions from the Arizona Governor and the March of Dimes affirm my dedication and the impact I hope to achieve, fully in line with AANP's vision.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Systematic Program and Curriculum Evaluator MSN/FNP Program Chair Associate Faculty

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

Currently, I am a part of the College of Nursing leadership team at a large university, serving as the Systematic Program and Curriculum Evaluator and the Program Chair for the MSN/FNP program, ensuring program excellence. As a Systematic Program and Curriculum Evaluator, I lead a team of stakeholders in collecting and analyzing data to meet the CCNE accreditation standards by setting and evaluating benchmarks. I am the founder and executive director of a non-profit organization serving the Asian American minority community, providing free health screening and vaccinations. I was elected president of the Overseas Korean Nurses Association, representing Korean nurses residing internationally. Nationally, I serve on a Diversity Committee of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and as a community advisory board member on the Asian American Asian Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease. In the next few years, I aspire to represent our community as a state liaison for Arizona, fostering collaboration and advancement in the nursing field within the state. I intend to maintain my active role on the Diversity Committee of NONPF, championing diversity. I will remain the executive director of the non-profit organization to continue serving the underserved communities in Arizona.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

Despite their advanced training and expertise, NPs in many areas still need to overcome legal and institutional barriers that limit their scope of practice. These limitations can prevent NPs from practicing to the full extent of their training and expertise, potentially affecting patient access to care, especially in underserved areas. 1. Advocacy and Legislation: The AANP should continue to lobby at both state and federal levels for full practice authority for NPs to help address the increasing demand for healthcare services, especially in underserved and rural areas. AANP should develop outreach programs to reach out to nurse practitioner students to become an advocate for themselves and continue to value their involvement in AANP. 2. Continuous Education and research: AANP offers excellent resources for the latest evidence-based practice guidelines and courses. However, AANP should continue to support and fund research that highlights the effectiveness and efficiency of care provided by NPs. 3. Public Awareness Campaigns: Increasing public awareness about the role and capabilities of NPs can lead to greater acceptance and trust. In conclusion, while challenges exist, with proactive strategies, the AANP can help ensure NPs are well-positioned to deliver high-quality care in the evolving healthcare landscape.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

Through my previous experiences as a leader in academia and community, I intend to utilize the following leadership and professional skills: 1. Strategic Planning & Evaluation: With my experience as the systematic plan of program and curriculum evaluator, I bring a deep understanding of strategic planning and assessment. By setting clear objectives and systematically evaluating outcomes, I ensure that programs align with their goals and continuously improve. 2. Community Engagement & Outreach: Founding and directing a non-profit organization has equipped me with the skills to understand, engage, and serve diverse communities effectively. 3. Organizational Leadership: Holding presidential roles in multiple nursing associations has refined my leadership acumen, from team management and member engagement to financial oversight and strategic direction. 4. Advocacy & Representation: Founder of a non-profit serving the underserved population honed my skills in advocacy and representation, ensuring that diverse voices are heard and integrated into policy and practice. Initiative/Outcome: As a community leader, I spearheaded and organized free clinics to provide COVID-19 and flu vaccinations and health screenings to over 3000 underserved community members through collaboration with other Asian community leaders, local public health departments, and other healthcare agencies.

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

To further the AANP’s mission and strategic vision, I aim to collaborate actively with organizations and educational bodies. Embodying diversity, I intend to promote diversity within nurse practitioner education and leadership. If elected as the state liaison, I would like to propose the following: 1. Strengthening Advocacy Efforts: Collaborate with the local nursing organization in promoting AANP’s mission and its strategic plan. Promote and participate in lobbying to address practice issues involving nurse practitioners. 2. Enhancing Education and Continuous Learning: Develop partnerships with educational institutions and promote AANP’s mission and strategic plan for enhancing education and continuous learning. Promote practice guidelines and research to improve the quality of care provided by nurse practitioners through collaboration with educational institutions and nursing organizations. 3. Expand Outreach and Community Engagement: Engage in community activities to promote NP-led community clinics in underserved areas and their impact on the community. 4. Foster Diversity and Inclusion: Engage in community collaboration to promote AANP’s initiatives to foster and advocate for international Nurse Practitioner roles and practices and nurse practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Through advocacy, education, and community engagement, we can elevate the role of NPs in the healthcare system and impact the lives of all individuals.