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Sanna Ali, MSN, CRNP, PhD(c)

Candidate for Maryland State Liaison (Incumbent)

Sanna Ali

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Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

PhD in Nursing student studying cancer survivorship

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

In the past three years, the primary leadership position that I have held is that of Maryland State Liaison for AANP. I am a PhD student and am also the current Student Representative on the PhD Curriculum Committee. In this role, I represent fellow PhD students and make suggestions regarding curriculum development and changes. Over the next two years, I would like to continue in my role as Maryland State Liaison for AANP. I also plan to pursue a leadership position within the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) or the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), likely on a committee. I am part of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) survivorship champions program for clinicians and researchers and plan to get more involved in advocacy and policy in conjunction with this organization

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next decade is practice authority. While more than half of U.S. states have full-practice authority, many continue to limit or restrict NP practice. NPs must be able to practice to the full extent of their education so they can continue to deliver high quality, safe, and effective care to patients across the country. Despite the evidence that supports nurse practitioners, there are powerful organizations that continue to undermine the profession. So, continued NP excellence will be vital to advancing the profession. AANP should address this issue by continuing to be a strong voice for NPs and the populations they serve. AANP, in their mission to support NP practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership, is crucial to maintaining and advancing the NP profession. AANP should dedicate resources and personnel in all five of these areas to the support NPs in becoming well-rounded professionals who make the world a better place. AANP should capitalize on the fact that nurses have historically been, and continue to be, the most trusted profession in the United States. This element is what makes the NP profession powerful and influential.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I am obtaining my PhD in Nursing. Less than 1% of nurses are PhD prepared with even fewer NPs holding PhDs as many turn to DNP degrees. I am confident that my PhD knowledge in conjunction with my NP training has many benefits. I will be able to advance the NP profession AND impact my patients in unique ways. Nurses have the potential for great contribution to the scientific literature, and my goal is to advance the NP profession and impact patients through research, scholarship, and clinical excellence. Education, at the highest level, will support how capable NPs are. I hope to be a role model for others to consider a similar path. One outcome that has resulted from this skill of dual training is increased visibility of the NP profession. I have presented my PhD work at events that have global reach. Many, with little understanding or knowledge of the profession, are curious about NP role. I can advocate for the NP profession in spaces that harbor nurses, physicians, and other disciplines that NPs rarely interact with (such as physicists and biologists). There is great potential for more initiatives that capitalize on the dual training.

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

If elected, I propose advancing AANP’s mission and strategic plan by ensuring that my goals align with the current goals of AANP. AANPs strategic plan goals include (1) public/health care consumer, (2) reputation, authority, and expertise, (3) parity in compensation/reimbursement, and (4) AANP as an organization. In spaces where I represent AANP, I will be well-informed of the current organization goals so that I can effectively communicate this to consumers, colleagues, and more. Luckily, my personal goals have consistently oriented to that of AANPs. This is not surprising since I, myself, and the AANP organization have the best interest of NPs and patients in mind. It is crucial for the goals of the individual and the organization to be aligned as it sends a message of unity and consistency to the community. I also plan to advance AANPs mission by continuing to demonstrate commitment to practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. It is important for those that represent AANP to display these values in the work that they do, and I am confident that my well-rounded nature and expertise is a reflection on these tenants.