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Janette Bowers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Candidate for U.S. Virgin Islands State Liaison (Incumbent)

Janette Bowers

Campaign Message:

As the AANP state liaison for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), I will advocate for Nurse Practitioners in the territory and work to advance the NP role through strong collaboration efforts with other healthcare providers and healthcare organizations located in the USVI.

Biographical Statement
Campaign Flyer

Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Assistant Professor

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I currently am serving as the state liaison for the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the University of the Virgin Islands, I am lead faculty on the St. Croix campus, Curriculum Committee Chair, and Accreditation Committee Chair for the School of Nursing.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

I think the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care are external forces that will attempt to restrict our practice. As the acceptance and respect of NPs continues to grow in the communities we serve, certain medical establishments are challenged to allow autonomous practice for NPs. I think that supporting our national organizations, such as AANP who can be a visible and forceful presence in the policy-making world is essential to the integrity of our practice. Additionally, I think that NPs need to focus on their own self-care as barriers to our practice are put in place and our workloads continue to increase to keep up with the demands of clinical practice.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

With my professional collaboration with other APRNs in the Virgin Islands (VI) and with the VI Board of Nurse Licensure, we have drafted a revised Nurse Practice Act (not updated since 1982). Included in this draft is language that updates prescribing practices for APRNs and outlines a definitive plan for independent practice for APRNs in the territory.

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

I intend to continue to advocate for APRN practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the draft revision of the USVI Nurse Practice Act is finalized, I will provide support at the legislative level for NPs to prescribe schedule II-V medications (currently can prescribe only IV and V) and will ensure that independent practice is kept at the forefront of the discussion in order to ensure that members of the USVI community have access to high-quality health care delivered by NPs.