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Cynthia Hollis-Keene, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Candidate for Missouri State Liaison

Cynthia Hollis-Keene

Campaign Message:

I am Dr. Cindy Hollis-Keene; I have invested over twenty years of my healthcare career. I am a doctorally prepared, dual-certified advanced practice nurse in family mental health and family practice. I completed my doctoral training at Chamberlain University, Chicago, Illinois, my Mental Health / Psychiatry training at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, and my Family Practice education at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri. My experience includes a variety of settings, including outpatient, community mental health centers, acute care, telehealth, private practice, as well as the homeless and addiction population. Professionally, I belong to many local and state APRN organizations, as well as national organizations. I am running for the Missouri state AANP representative as I have a desire to get full practice across the finish line with our legislators and want to help my fellow APRN colleagues have complete autonomy in their practices.

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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Board Certified Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner Duties: • Provide health/behavioral health assessment (including differential diagnoses prognosis), treatment recommendations, and treatment planning for clients across program types. • Provide counseling, brief therapy, psychoeducation about health/behavioral health, and other care for clients as planned by the treatment team and to support the treatment plan of the client. Participate in case reviews and contribute to treatment planning and goal setting. • Provide medication management for clients on medication and intermittent reassessment (as needed) for those assessed (but not on medication). • Responds to and initiates care for those requiring mental health services throughout the Perimeter care continuum. • Identifies patient mental health problems and prescribes treatment. • Implements mental health services utilizing therapeutic regimens. • Provide consultations to non-medical staff on complex cases

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

In the last few years, I have had the pleasure to serve in leadership positions in some Missouri Advanced Practice Nursing Organizations and other county opportunities. Below is a list of such opportunities: 2022-current Missouri APRN Full Practice Authority founding fellow/ board member AANP’s first virtual Nurse Practitioner Organization in the nation. 2021-current Missouri Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks board member, Advocacy and conference committee, and past secretary. 2022-current Greene County Missouri Central Committee elected position 2019 Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners, Conference Committee and Recognized for Platinum Donor status. Additional memberships: AANP American Association of Nurse Practitioners StLNAP Member St. Louis Nurses in Advance Practice MONA Member Missouri Nurses Association ANA American Nurses Association APNA American Psychiatric Nurses Association SIGMA Sigma Theta Tau International Future leadership opportunities I plan to engage in in the next few years include continuing to work on publication submissions, conference presentations, and attending AANP conferences. Lastly, I would like to consider application to the AANP executive leadership program.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The most significant challenge nurse practitioners face while delivering healthcare is being accepted as an equal healthcare provider and a "seat at the table" for healthcare decision-making. Additionally, unfortunately, many states continue to have restrictive practices that deny advanced practice nurses the ability to practice and care for patients within the full extent of their education and licensure. Currently, in Missouri, we remain one of the most restricted states for APRNs to practice; however, they were allowed to practice with fewer restrictions during the COVID pandemic as some practice restrictions were waived. All counties in Missouri except for one are primary care health professional shortage areas, and every county is a psychiatric health professional shortage area, thus creating healthcare deserts statewide. AANP continues to have many avenues to support APRNs on national and state levels, which aims to improve healthcare care and advanced practice. By empowering progressive practice initiatives, healthcare practice and outcomes will continue to gain positive success.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I have been intimately involved in legislative issues, acting as an Advocacy leader and lobbying for Nurse Practitioners and patient access. I developed relationships with legislators, offered my expertise as a resource to them, and served on my county committee to influence healthcare. I have also volunteered on conference committees, bringing quality speakers to Missouri. I motivate people by bringing enthusiasm and energy to assess and solve problems and share ideas. Additionally, I can work with others individually and in team settings to motivate and solve problems and tasks. The above traits have allowed me to serve many APRN organizations. Also, I continue to work with other state nursing organizations to lobby for advanced practice nurses in Missouri, where I reside, in hopes of increasing access to care and lobbying for full practice. Finally, I also stress the importance of telling Advanced Practice Nurses AANP members about the various support resources available on the AANP website. Such resources for education include: The JAANP Resource Center Point of Care Tools and Clinical Research Briefs Additional Clinical Resources by Practice/Therapeutic Area

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

After reviewing the AANP strategic plan, I would advance AANP's mission to continue advocating for Missouri APRNs for independent practice so that they may provide high-quality healthcare to our state's constituents while also improving access to healthcare. To help promote this, I would seek opportunities to educate and bring awareness to the public and those who question full practice authority by sharing cost-effective and positive outcomes. Additionally, I would engage leaders and legislatures by visiting the capital often and connecting with Washington leaders to educate and encourage them regarding the AANP ICAN Act and encourage APRNs to practice within the full extent of their education. Lastly, I would work with Missouri APRNs and educate them on the importance of continued roles in education, advocacy, and leadership. Furthermore, I encourage our state APRNs, not AANP members, to consider joining and attending the annual conferences to engage with others and feel included in their practices. Thus, if elected, I would advise AANP to provide national and state support that improves healthcare and advanced practice through the legislative processes of progressive practice initiatives to continue to provide quality NP educational opportunities and resources for NP practice that result in positive outcomes and success.