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Hello! My names is Janice James-Webb. I am a nurse practitioner. I am also a wife, mother, daughter, aunt, cousin, and healthcare provider. I am a Delaware native that worked in Maryland for many years. I am glad to be back in Delaware for 20 years now, providing care in the local community. I am running for State Liaison for Delaware because I want to advance nursing and nurse practitioners in the State of Delaware. It is time to be recognized for the important role that nurse practitioners play in healthcare in Delaware.
Nurse Practitioner--1 day/week in Primary Care DNP Student- University of Delaware (expected graduation May 2024) Delaware Healthcare Association, Intern Nanticoke Clinical Research Consulting, Clinical Research Associate, Part-Time
I have not had any leadership experiences in the last 3 years. I have been attending University of DE as a DNP student to prepare for a leadership role.
I believe that there are many challenges in healthcare today that NPs will face--these challenges include the changes in the social fabric of the communities in which we live with workplace violence and more violence in the communites which we serve. There are challenges in the payment systems for the healthcare organizations and independent practice NPs. In DE, in 2023 once of the largest insurances decided to cut the NP reimbursement by 15% without prior notice. The NPs provided the most mental health care for receipents in the state. The NPs stood up again the insurance company and the reimbursement cut was quickly reversed. There are challenges in technology and innovation. Nurse practitioners need to understand the technology and how it be work to benefit our patients and if it is not working be able to find other innovative solutions.
I bring experience, not unlike other NPs that will be applying for State Liaison. I have been active with the DE Advocacy Committee and Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) over the last years looking at policies that impact healthcare in our state. I have met with our State and Federal legislators . As I have been working with an underserved population in primary care over the last years, I have seen how important it is to be aware of social determinants of health and their impact on healing and mental health. The primary care clinic in which I work also serves many immigrants that do not yet speak English and they have other stressors such as family members left in their home country. As part of the healthcare team, we provide community screenings, educational programs for the youth, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to impact their healthcare. In my DNP program, I am working with a primary care clinic to implement using a screening tool in the practice to identify Obstructive Sleep Apnea in patients with unhealthy weights. Unhealthy lifestyles including unhealthy weights contribute to so many health issues. Lifestyle changes and policy changes are needed.
I was first made aware of the NP role in my undergraduate program. When I first started working as a staff nurse in neurology, NPs were active in the treatment of the patients on an out-patient basis and they would round on the in-patients. I wanted to be an NP! I enrolled in the NP program at University of Maryland and became a NP. At that point, I wanted to advocate for patients. Today, I want to advocate for NPs--I have be doing so on a volunteer basis for the last year. I believe that exposure to the NP role is important! I would love the opportunity to speak in schools (high school and middle school) to introduce the role. It seems that almost everyone knows a nurse and what a nurse does. I think it is important to also make students aware of the NP role early on so that they aspire to be nurses and nurse practitioners. As a member of the board of directors for the non-profit organizations, I will be looking for grant opportunities to obtain funds to provide community programs including educational programs for the local students.