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I am excited to be running for Maryland State Liaison. As a practicing NP and Nurse Educator for 23 years I have the benefit of experience and also have a strategic vision for the future of NPs in Maryland and nationally. My history of service leadership to AANP through active committee membership and chairing the AANP Research Committee provide a foundation to propel me forward as I increase the voice of NPs in Maryland. I plan to be an advocate for NPs from all backgrounds, educational preparations and practice settings through policy, clinical practice and academic (both teaching and research) platforms. In uniting the NP workforce in Maryland, we will highlight our superior outcomes and invaluable safety net we provide for healthcare access to vulnerable and underserved populations regionally and nationally.
Associate Professor Family Nurse Practitioner
2023: Member-UMSON Dean's Search Committee 2021: Fellow Nurse Leadership Institute (Maryland Higher Education Commission) 2022-2023: Chair-UMSON Faculty Council 2022: Member-Search Committee UMB Associate VP for DEI 2021-2023: Member-UMSON Governance Council 2021-2023: Member-UNSON Academic & Student Affairs Council 2019-2021: Chair AANP Research Committee 2020: Fellow-AANP 2014-present: Owner-KER Nursing & Healthcare Consulting Future Leadership Roles- Maryland State Liaison to AANP FAANP Selection Committee
The biggest challenge facing NP's in the future delivery of healthcare is diversification of our NP workforce. Throughout the next ten years, the U.S. population will become more culturally, racially and ethnically diverse. While the number of White individuals will increase, the growth of Hispanic, Black/African Americans, and Asians will experience much more rapid growth. Persons of mixed race will be the fastest growing population. The racial and cultural diversity of the NP workforce has not kept pace with the changing faces of our population. Most currently practicing NP's provide care to those who are poor, lack health insurance, are female, live in rural areas and have layered social and healthcare needs but often do not reflect the communities they serve. AANP will need to support a more diverse workforce over the next decade or it will fall further behind in reflecting the racial make-up of many of the people it serves. Specifically, offering targeted scholarships, mentor/mentee programs and educational programs focused on cultural competency and Social Determinants of Health will encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to become NPs and also become members of AANP. Research supports health outcomes are optimized when individuals see themselves reflected in their healthcare providers.
Effective communication and my strengths of mentorship and collaboration will be assets to AANP as I serve in the role of Maryland State Liaison. Currently, as faculty council chair at UMSON, my communication skills using multiple formats and clear messaging have advanced faculty governance at the school and university level. I have forged relationships with administration, faculty and students. Having a strategic vision across programs and initiatives gives me a overall picture as a leader in my organization; mentorship and collaboration are specific talents I can utilize to accomplish larger strategic and interprofessional goals. I have developed collaboration and mentoring skills over two decades as nurse educator, investigator and advanced practice clinician and demonstrated improved outcomes through research, teaching & policy change. One goal and direct outcome of my faculty council leadership has been increasing the voice and engagement of faculty in faculty governance. I have worked directly with our Dean and administration, staff and faculty to increase faculty representation on school committees and led policy change to increase the faculty influence in important matters such as student progression, faculty workload and Dean selection committees. These outcomes are the result of having a strategic vision, mentoring faculty and strong collaborations.
I am resolute in continuing the AANP mission and strategic vision. I will guide dissemination of NP-focused research, highlight NP researchers, advocate for NP friendly policies in Maryland and nationally and demonstrate value of NPs across clinical settings. I am a NP leader whose academic and clinical career has a positive impact focusing on NP led initiatives with pragmatic application highlighting the impact of NPs in the community. My contributions to support AANP's mission and strategic plan will use novel strategies to foster advancement of current and future NPs working with diverse populations by role modeling, advocating through policy and contributing to practice expertise of students and peers. The AANP organization can be strengthened by continuing to practice inclusivity of all NPs into the organization. Membership should be encouraged for both Master's and Doctoral prepared NPs and student NPs. Diverse recruitment events and committees should seek out individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds, non-traditional gender identities, and various ethnic backgrounds. In addition, various specialty clinical areas and a wide geographic representation throughout the United States and world with strengthen AANP as a healthcare leader.