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Tammy Vandermolent, DNP, APRN-BC

Candidate for Missouri State Liaison

Tammy Vandermolent

Campaign Message:

It would be my honor to be chosen as the AANP representative for the State of Missouri. I have been working together with other nurse practitioners and legislators to reduce barriers since I was a student in 2005. I have had the pleasure of representing locally as Vice-President of Southeast Missouri Nurses of Advanced Practice and Advocacy chair of St. Louis Nurses of Advanced Practice. I have also been the St. Louis Representative for the Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners. I have worked with these groups to further the advancement of nurse practitioners in the state of Missouri. Coordinating with other groups in the state to present consistent messaging and fostering nurse practitioners to become involved, whether seasoned or new grads is my goal. I would look forward to working beside you with our National organization to widen the scope of practice for nurse practitioners in the state of Missouri.

Biographical Statement
Campaign Flyer

Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Nurse Practitioner in family practice

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners-St. Louis Representative and Advocacy Committee St. Louis Nurses of Advanced Practice- Advocacy chair, was Co-chair BJC Medical Group APP Council- Advocacy Lead BJC Medical Group APP Residency Committee BJC Medical Group Patient Experience Committee Currently applying for: BJC Medical Group Primary Care Council AANP Missouri state liaison

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

One of the challenges I see is lack of involvement with our NP Community. This has a direct effect on what is surely Missouri's biggest challenge...the antiquated legislation. As NPs, we need to be involved in promoting our career field and advocating for patients to have access to high quality healthcare, where they need it. We need shear numbers being involved at the Capital and in our local/statewide/national organizations each presenting consistent messaging. Missouri is one of the most restrictive states and we are fighting an uphill battle against the BOHA in the progress we have made. We need to rally together and push to remove barriers such as mileage restriction, lack of inclusion on insurance panels, collaborative practice agreements and more. These restrict care to our patients and are driving current and future NPs from our state. Without engagement from our cohorts, we may not continue to have forward momentum in removing these barriers. AANP continuing to provide timely and relevant information, access to the AANP Advocacy Center, State Policy and Tracking Center allows information to be distributed throughout the state. Call to action items are crucial and AANP has the means to reach more NPs in Missouri.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

Leadership strengths I have learned along the way: I am a good listener. I work hard to be open minded and hear others. I have good time management skills. Having timely communication is important to me. I provide this to my patients and and the teams/committees in which I am involved. One of the best leadership skills I learned was delegation. Being a good team player goes along way, each member plays a pivotal role in our success. I am able to give and receive constructive criticism. I am able to communicate within many levels of an organization. Respect goes along way. I am considered a resource for NP questions in my organization and work hard to be approachable. In my healthcare organization, as one of the founding members of our APP council, I helped lead an initiative to change the title of our NPs and PAs throughout leadership and the organization (to decrease use of the terms "physician extender" and mid-level provider) to "advanced practice providers" (APPs).

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

I look forward to continuing the work I have been putting into our profession by encouraging fellow NPs to be advocates for themselves and our patients. Being involved and promoting engagement with NPs to have a presence at the Capitol and take an interest in legislative/advocacy issues. Increasing student engagement is key. I began being involved by a preceptor who brought me to the Capitol and to meetings. I love telling my story, especially with said preceptor by my side. Bringing the "real" stories to regional and state wide group meetings to show how we can make a difference by being leaders in our communities. Showing NPs that it is not "too hard" to be involved.