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I hope to represent all Nurse Practitioners in the state of Vermont in the position of Vermont State Liaison to AANP. In this role it is my goal to give voice to the many hard-working, passionate Nurse Practitioners who provide accessible person-centered, equitable and high quality health care for diverse communities in the state of Vermont .
Director of Clinical Quality at Little Rivers Health Care Clinical Research Director of NNE PCBRN Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth, Geisel School of Medicine
1.Clinical Research Director of the Northern New England CO-OP PCBRN the oldest Primary Care Research Network in the United States and I am the first non-physician to hold this position 2019 to present 2. Director of Clinical Quality at Little Rivers Health Care a FQHC with four offices in eastern Vermont and part of the Medical leadership team 2012 to present 3. Vermont Nurse Practitioner Board of Directors, member at large 2022 to present 4. Dartmouth, Geisel School of Medicine, Medical Education Committee 2019 to present The only other leadership opportunities that I plan to apply for or engage in over the next two years is the Vermont State Liaison position
I believe the biggest challenge facing NP's in the deliver of health care over the next decade, continues to be the fight for independent practice authority in every state in the United States. I believe the way for AANP to address this issue to support NP's and the populations they serve should be multifaceted. The AANP should continue its work lobbying for independent practice at a national level in Washington DC, as well as supporting the individual state nurse practitioner associations to lobby for independent practice authority in states that have not achieved independent practice authority as well as keeping an eye on states that have independent practice authority for any attempts to diminish/encroach upon full practice authority. Only when NP's have full practice authority and autonomy in every state in United States will we be able to fully care for our patient populations in a way that both we as NP's and our patients desire and deserve.
As the clinical research director for the NNE CO-OP I have been organizing research poster sessions at our annual conference for years. Recently when I took on the role of the Research Chair for the VNPA my first task was to revive the Research Committee and put on a poster session at the VNPA 2023 annual meeting. We were able to have a successful poster session at this years annual meeting back in April, with a significant number of positive comments on the evaluations from the conference and plans to double the number of poster presented at the VNPA 2024 annual meeting.
I would advance the AANP's mission and its strategic plan by empowering all nurses in the state of Vermont to become a member of AANP and the VNPA as the best way to ensure they can continue to provide accessible person-centered, equitable and high quality health care for diverse communities. I would then encourage them once they become members of these organizations to pick an area that they themselves are passion about and get involved at some level, local, state or nationally in these organizations to ensure the future of NP practice both in the state of Vermont as well as nationally