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Julie Creaden, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Candidate for Illinois State Liaison

Julie Creaden

Campaign Message:

I am a passionate APP leader with over 20 years of clinical experience and 13 years in leadership. I am a strong advocate for the professional development of our new providers as they transition into practice through mentorship programs as well as fellowship opportunities. I am an advocate for representation at all levels and empowering our voice within our clinical setting and state and national organizations. I believe we represent our profession in everything we do, and our profession represents us as caring, compassionate patient advocates. I believe in healthcare for all and disrupting disparity in our delivery systems. I would be honored to represent the State of Illinois as a State Liaison for AANP. We are stronger Together and Together We Can impact our healthcare delivery and the patients we are fortunate enough to serve.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

VP Advanced Practice Providers, Professional Practice

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I have been in APP leadership for the last 13 years, as ACNO, VP APPs at Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and in my current role at NorthShore University HealthSystem as the VP APP Professional Practice. As an APP leader, my focus has always been on supporting and advocating for the professional growth and development of the APPs I serve. Creating and providing opportunities that target the professional needs and goals of our APPS has been rewarding and validated through the accomplishments of our workforce. I intend on introducing and implementing a formal leadership structure for a Center for Advanced Practice at a system level to elevate and promote APPs in a leadership role with involvement at the system level while promoting and enhancing our practice. I have attended multiple lobby days to advocate for Advanced Practice as well at days on the Hill with NAPNAP. I am currently a member of ISAPN Government Relations Committee. I am interested in getting more involved at the national level to continue to influence and represent our profession and advocate for our practice. I am interested in a position on the AANP board as a State Liaison representing Illinois.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

One of the challenges we face as NPs is addressing healthcare disparities on a national level. To do this will take a multi-faceted approach. Working with policymakers can help to prioritize comprehensive reform that promotes equitable access to primary care services while acknowledging the pivotal role Advanced Practice plays in filling healthcare gaps and access. Increasing funding for NP education, including initiatives that promote diversity in the healthcare workplace can help build a cadre of NPs better equipped to address the unique needs of diverse patient populations. In addition, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between NPs, physicians and other healthcare professionals can enhance the effectiveness of care delivery and contribute to culturally competent practices. Lastly, leveraging technology and telehealth solutions can expand the reach of NPs to underserved communities bridging geographical barriers and improving healthcare access for all. AANP can address healthcare disparities through many of the strategic initiatives already underway. Policy advocacy, education and training programs, workforce diversity initiatives, community engagement, telehealth expansions, and public awareness campaigns that will continue to emphasize the value of NPs in providing accessible and quality care in areas with limited resources.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

As a leader in healthcare for over a decade, first, in an academic pediatric setting and now in a large health system, I have had the honor to advocate for and represent advanced practice providers to improve our practice and ability to compliment care through access and team collaboration. In developing a leadership structure that supports APPs reporting to APPs our team was able to increase engagement scores and decrease turnover. Creating a Center for Advanced Practice that encompassed a governance council organized to promote ongoing progression and development of our APPs through strategies that support top of license practice to improve access to care, patient care outcomes and maximize reimbursement. Additional strategies include participation in utilizing and developing technologies that advance communication amongst health care providers and developing onboarding and orientation programs to support adequate transition into practice. The development of fellowship programs grew from these initiatives to enhance didactic as well as clinical experiences. The Center also contributes to developing policies and procedures as they apply to NP practice. Promoting and rewarding contributions to research and science through publications, quality improvement initiatives and involvement in professional societies validated our Professional Advancement Model as a way to recognize our APPs.

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

As a member of the AANP board, my paramount objective is to advance the mission and strategies, placing collaboration at the forefront. By facilitating robust partnerships, we can contribute to enhancing educational programs ensuring nurse practitioners have access to continuous learning opportunities that align with evolving healthcare needs. Collaboration with key stakeholders at the state and national level to advocate for policies that will empower and promote autonomous top of license practice that addresses the needs of our patients and communities. Providing educational materials to describe our practice can demystify misinformation empowering us to promote our brand identity. Through strategic alliances and collaborative efforts, we can derive innovation, champion evidenced based practices and address healthcare disparities comprehensively. Together we can amplify the impact of nurse practitioners on a national scale positioning ourselves as integral contributors to a patient centered, efficient, and equitable health system. Creating an autonomous workforce and supportive work environment will empower our APRNs to practice in a way that optimizes care delivery, the patient experience and ultimately the provider experience.