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Family Nurse Practitioner in Rural Health Clinic
For the past year and a half, I have served as the Kansas State Liaison to AANP. I also have been an active member of Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses Association, and have served on the Nominations Committee for the past year. I am an active member of Kansas Farm Bureau, where I have served as the Osage County Farm Bureau President from 2020-2022, and on the Kansas Farm Bureau Rural Economies Committee and Farm Families Resiliency Taskforce since 2022. I have served on a mental health panel for Kansas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, and provided social media outreach on mental health for Kansas Farm Bureau, as well as did podcasts on mental health in 2022 and 2023. I have been a part of the National Nurse Led Care Consortium Vaccine Confidence Committee since 2020. I was selected as a member of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program in 2022, and have been an active participant in this leadership program. I have served Kansas FFA Alumni and Supports as a board member and Vice President from 2018 to present. I would like to get more involved with AANP committees in the next two years.
I believe the biggest challenge facing nurse practitioners in the delivery of health care is full practice authority that is accepted nationwide. Nurse practitioners across the nation have tirelessly advocated for the profession, and this is seen by the increased number of states that have adopted full practice authority, even in the past five years. With the gains that have been made, we as a profession and professional organization can continue to advocate for more, as there are still 23 states that have restricted or reduced practice environments. I believe that AANP’s state and federal advocacy teams should provide ample support and resources to states that are working to advance practice in their states. I truly believe that once we can have full practice authority across the nation, we will have a better ability to advocate for things that are just as important, such as equal and fair insurance reimbursements, and breaking down restrictive national mandates that make it difficult for nurse practitioners to work to the totality of their license.
As a leader, I will work tirelessly to promote the mission of the organization and speak on behalf of the nurse practitioner profession. I believe that nurse practitioners serve a vital role in their communities, both rural and urban, and this is something that we need to continue to promote and encourage. I have advocated for nurse practitioners across the state of Kansas, and met with legislators in Kansas when trying to achieve, and eventually obtain, full practice authority in 2022. As leaders, we need to break down the misrepresentation or miscommunication on behalf of nurse practitioners, and continue to share our story. I have spoken on behalf on nurse practitioners and our profession in many rural communities as a member of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, and have worked to educate those in the farming in ranching communities on behalf of Kansas Farm Bureau. By working through these networks and connections, I have found that a simple conversation that provides education and feedback can make a difference that has ripple effects for the future.
AANP is the most accessible and representative organization in America for nurse practitioners. They provide many resources, whether it is through the CE center and conferences to gain greater knowledge and fulfill and maintain licensing, as well as leadership opportunities through the Fellows Program and the Executive Leadership program. As a state liaison, I would like to continue to elevate and recognize leaders within our state that have given back to the nurse practitioner profession through the State Awards for Excellence. I hope to carry on with sharing AANP's mission and message, and educate nurse practitioners on the many benefits that AANP can provide one to advance their career. I want to continue to engage with other nurse practitioners and encourage involvement with AANP, whether that it through AANP communities, presenting at conferences, or through committee work.