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Assistant Clinical Professor University of Connecticut School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor University of Connecticut School of Medicine
I am the current chair of the Courses and Curriculum Committee and the Masters Curriculum Committee at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. I am the current President of Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. I am currently in the interview process for the position of Director Prelicensure Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing.
I think there are several challenges in our current health care environment. One of the biggest challenges I face in my current role as an educator is the future of nurse practitioner education. There are not enough available educators to teach all the students who wish to become nurse practitioners. There are also not enough clinical sites available to support nurse practitioner students. These are significant limiting factors in supporting the nurse practitioner workforce over the next decade. AANP already provides some clinical preceptor support. Perhaps a database, available to students, of available preceptors in each state could be created. Offering nurse practitioners who sign up for the database a discount on membership or something along those lines could support recruitment.
I see my role as a leader like the quarterback of a football team. I am able to see the strengths of others, formulate goals for the team I am leading, and get tasks and new ideas implemented. For example, in my role as President of Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chapter, I have increased our chapter's visibility within our school of nursing and within our Sigma region. In accordance with national bylaws, I have changed eligibility requirements for membership of prelicensure students in order to be more inclusive in our membership with the support of chapter leadership. I have instituted monthly leadership team meetings and renewed an old tradition of holding two induction ceremonies per academic year. While I may have spearheaded these initiatives, none of them would have been successful without leveraging the skills and strengths of the chapter leadership team.
I would support and advance AANP's mission and strategic plan through reporting and disseminating the concerns of those whom I represent at the state level while being a conduit of AANP's mission and plans back to those whom I represent.