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If elected as state liaison, I would actively work to support and promote the NP professionals who are on the frontlines providing high-quality care to Hoosiers across the state. From the rural, small towns to the metropolitan centers, NPs are ensuring that the residents of their communities receive timely access to high-quality care. As state liaison, I hope to carry on the strong legacy of my predecessors of working with the AANP to advocate for the challenges faced by the profession, while supporting them in their daily practice needs. Engagement and recruitment are also an area of strong focus. I would strive to increase engagement for current members, as well as educate those new to the profession, with the tremendous support and opportunities available through the AANP. As liaison, I would also work diligently to help AANP meet its mission of practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership for NPs.
Trauma Nurse Practitioner
Over the past three years, I have had the privilege to serve in a variety of leadership roles from the local to national level. During this time, I have served on the board of directors for a community foundation as well as the chair of the grants committee. I have served as the chair of several local and regional Advanced Practice committees within our healthcare system, focused on advancing the NP role and removing barriers faced by the members in their daily practice. During this time, I have also led the process of enacting bylaw changes to enhance top-of-licensure practice for NPs through my work on the U of L Medical Executive Committee. I have had the opportunity to represent NPs on the national stage as the clinical NP representative for the AANP on the ADA Primary Care Council, in which seven leading healthcare organizations are collaborating to address the needs of primary care professionals (PCPs) and support diabetes care in the primary care and family practice settings. Over the next two years, I plan to continue engaging in the work I am currently committed to, and hopefully fulfill the commitments as state liaison to my utmost ability.
I feel that the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of healthcare is the right to full practice authority. Although, full practice authority is a reality for some NPs, unfortunately, it is not the case for a large percentage of NPs in this country, myself included. These arbitrary restrictions placed on NPs by individual states negatively impact the health of the nation by hindering the accessibility and timeliness of high-quality healthcare that people deserve. It is my belief that the AANP has been instrumental in helping alleviate this barrier in many states and should continue to leverage its strength and resources to continue to help its members achieve full practice authority for every state in the nation. The AANP’s commitment to educating not only its own members but also the populations their members serve, about the high-quality care and improved access to care that the NP profession provides has been invaluable. Coupled with AANP’s legislative efforts at both the state and national levels have shown a positive impact with over 27 states and territories achieving full practice authority. With the continued support of the AANP and its members, I believe that number will continue to grow.
I would bring to the table a strong clinical background, critical thinking skills, and a passion for the NP profession and the high-quality healthcare that NPs provide to their community. Throughout my career, I have shown the ability to effectively communicate in an open-minded manner, seeking to understand all sides of an issue. This has allowed me to collaborate with a variety of opposing viewpoints and effectively work together to achieve the most desirable outcome. I have demonstrated that I have the tenacity and perseverance to overcome barriers and challenges faced in the ever-changing world of healthcare and the foresight to see the potential in a situation. One of the most impactful outcomes in which these skills were utilized was through my efforts to lead the changing of our facility’s by-laws to grant top-of-licensure practice to NPs. This initiative makes NPs equal medical staff members with the same privileges and rights as our physician colleagues, the first within the state to do so. Although the initiative started at just an individual facility, it has now been, or will soon be, implemented at all seven of our healthcare system hospitals across the region.
If elected as state liaison, I would promote the mission of the AANP in a variety of ways. I would promote the organization by activity promoting member engagement and recruitment in activities that elevate practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. I would seek to actively facilitate networking between members and communicate information related to NP practice, policy, and issues that impact the profession in a variety of ways. I would actively seek to understand the barriers faced by the profession and work with the regional director and AANP leadership to seek ways in which to support the profession and address the concerns. I would also seek to increase the visibility of the AANP and the NP profession by educating those both new to the profession as well as those more seasoned, who may not be aware of the benefits, resources, and support available through the organization. I would strive to promote a positive image of the NP profession and help educate the state’s residents about the high-quality care provided by Nurse Practitioners throughout the state and in their own communities as directed by the AANP.