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Ameera Chakravarthy, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE

Candidate for Maryland State Liaison

Ameera Chakravarthy

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Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Assistant Professor AGACNP-AGCNS-DNP Program Specialty Director

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

Past and Current Leadership Experiences: 1. Nurse Practitioner of Maryland Past President 2022-2023 President 2021-2022 President Elect 2020-2021 Treasurer 2016 to 2017, Baltimore District Director 2013-2016 2. Member of the NPAM Legislative Committee 2020-present 3. Leader of the NPAM Student Special Interest Group 2020-present 4. Steered NPAM on the interview committee to hire the next Executive Director of NPAM to ensure future exemplary leadership for all NPs in Maryland 2022. 5. Incorporation of advocacy events into program requirements to increase NP student understanding of health policy through direct engagement with policy leaders Future leadership Opportunities: 1. Maryland Board of Nursing APRN advisor member, application submitted. 2. Maryland State Liaison for AANP, applying 2023 3. Remaining active on the NPAM Legislative Committee and attending legislative fundraiser events

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in the delivery of healthcare over the next decade is the decline in meaningful health policy engagement and of informed health policy leaders. NPs continue to contend with varying degrees of differences in NP practice autonomy throughout the US, despite more than half of the states having Full Practice Authority (FPA). Also, there is confusion over what constitutes a "barrier to practice. My experiences in elected state leadership during legislative sessions taught me several lessons. There is confusion among leaders from state nursing organizations about transition to practice regulations despite opposition by the National Academy of Medicine and American Colleges of Nursing. Regulations for NP practice vary from state to state. This limits the legal ability of NPs to effectively unite and offer help in other areas during a national emergency as was demonstrated during the COVID 19 pandemic. NPs need consensus with the national APRN Compact and AANP can assist with national leadership in joining together states and national professional organizations to put pressure on the NCSBN to develop a compact that is agreeable to all NPs. Further, AANP must continue to support FPA legislation to address disparities in access to healthcare.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

As President of NPAM, I provided guidance to the organization to block APRN Compact legislation in 2022 and 2023 through in person conversations with leadership from the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), Maryland Nurses Association (MNA), Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NAPNAP) leaders to promote policy awareness and APRN unity. During my presidency, I led the organization through securing sponsorship and passing of the State Bill 476/House Bill 95 “APRN Delegation of Tasks”, allowing NPs to delegate tasks to unlicensed assistants. Prior to the passage of this bill, there were significant barriers to practice for all primary care NPs in the state. As past president, I assumed leadership of the NPAM Student Special Interest Group and steered the organization to hire the next Executive Director of NPAM to ensure future exemplary leadership for all NPs in Maryland. Lastly, I incorporated advocacy events into program requirements to increase NP student understanding of health policy through direct engagement with policy leaders. As a result of this work, I was selected to present nationally at the Doctor of Nursing Practice Annual Conference in Washington, DC in 2019.

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

As an educator and activist in NP policy, I am uniquely positioned to make a significant impact. My experience with the legislative process in Maryland has prepared me to share knowledge with like-minded NPs across the nation, successfully blocking legislation that is substandard for NPs as well as supporting legislation that is good for NP practice. As a state liaison, I will expand my policy leadership to the regional and national level at AANP to remove barriers to practice and attain full practice authority for NPs across the US. I will work to ensure students understand the value of professional association membership in both NPAM and AANP. I will guide student NPs by continuing work with the NPAM Student Special Interest Group while being a health policy resource in the classroom. I will continue to follow developments at the Maryland Board of Nursing, having recently applied for a position on the board to serve the public through licensure, education, practice, and discipline initiatives. If selected, I will advocate for NP practice through participation on board committees locally as well as in national meetings.