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Carol Lynn Cunningham, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Candidate for California South State Liaison

Carol Lynn Cunningham

Campaign Message:

Hello AANP Members, My name is Carol Cunningham, DNP, RN, FNP-C. I am seeking your support for the California Southern State Liaison Position. The leadership and other professional skills that I will contribute to AANP include my clinical practice and lecturer roles. I work in a high-energy, dynamic environment in an ambulatory care center and academic institution. My skill to mutually respect and advocate, while maintaining a strong work ethic has navigated my professional trajectory in various leadership opportunities and outcomes. Please vote for the best candidate that will represent you. I believe we can work together and move forward. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

I have been a nurse practitioner for 16 years in emergency medicine, pediatric orthopedic ambulatory care center, and as a volunteer provider at a free community health fair offered yearly. In addition to my practice, I am a Continuing Lecturer at UCLA School of Nursing APRN and DNP Programs.

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES: 2023-present California Association for Nurse Practitioners Health Policy and Practice Committee Board Member 2022-present Asian and Pacific Islander Nursing Student and Alumni Association at UCLA Faculty Advisor and Volunteer 2022-present Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Nursing Society Upsilon Beta Chapter, Leadership Succession Board Member

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care includes awareness how to optimize patient healthcare, interprofessional collaboration, and sustainability using data to develop policy.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

The leadership and other professional skills that I will contribute to AANP include my clinical practice and lecturer roles. I work in a high energy, dynamic environment in the ambulatory care center and academic institutions. My skill to mutually respect and advocate, while maintaining strong work ethics has navigated my professional trajectory in various leadership opportunities. Team collaboration approach has provided positive outcomes in my clinical practice and teaching APRN students. In my clinical profession, I work with surgeons, physicians, NPs, RNs, medical assistants, leadership, patients and their families. In the academic setting, I work with APRN students, preceptors and faculty. The IHI Model for Improvement, Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, is a supporting framework that I use as a guide in my professional and personal goals to improve outcomes.

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

I plan to manage this challenge to be successful by aligning with the strategic plan’s four goals. First of all, I plan to emphasize and educate the public awareness about NPs and increase AANP’s political presence and activity by attending the 2024 Health Policy Conference in Washington DC. Secondly, implement the NP toolkit during NP week and increase the visibility on key issues. Third, educate NP students on the importance of reimbursement and billing services by incorporating this into clinical courses in academia. Lastly, increase AANP resources to students and experienced NPs. The overarching theme is creating projected timelines, team collaboration, effective communication, and punctuality with engagement highlighting the NP.