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Candidate for Region 2 Director (Incumbent)

Amita Avadhani

Campaign Message:

I am excited to seek re-election as Region-2 Director. I have appreciated the privilege of being your voice on the AANP board of directors (BOD) for the past two years. During my tenure as the Region-2 Director, I engaged in planning strategic initiatives to advance the AANP mission to empower Nurse Practitioners to advance high-quality healthcare focused on Practice, Education, Advocacy, Research, and Leadership (PEARL). I have also enjoyed supporting and advocating for our fellow AANP members. As a board liaison to the AANP History Committee, I enjoyed supporting initiatives to highlight and document the history of the Nurse Practitioner profession through history grants. As a board liaison to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, my priority is to advocate for DEI as a priority initiative for AANP. Given an opportunity to serve again, I pledge to continue to advocate for all of you. Thank You.

Current Professional Position

Chair and Professor Nursing Department College of Public Health Temple University

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I have served as the AANP Region 2 Director and board liaison to the history committee for the past 2 years. Also, I served as the research grants reviewer in 2022 and was appointed as board liaison to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee this year. As the AANP-RD for the past two years, I have participated in the full practice authority (FPA) efforts in New Jersey through my work on the Joint Protocol Steering Group and testified in the NJ Senate in favor of the NJ-FPA bill. I also served as the SIGMA Honor Society Region-14 Coordinator for the past 2 years and have improved engagement and collaboration among the honor society chapters in NY and NJ. Additionally, I am serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Doctor of Nursing Practice, Journal of DOC (DNPs of Color), and Nursing Economics.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

I believe that the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of healthcare is the lack of recognition as healthcare providers and the resultant persistence of practice barriers. AANP has prioritized the full practice authority (FPA) efforts, and much work is needed in this area. I believe AANP could work with the states that have not been successful yet to identify specific needs and provide targeted support. I also believe that AANP needs more members; individual, institutional, and student members. There is also an opportunity for AANP to reevaluate the current leadership structure as there is a lack of alignment between the regional leadership, the NPOs, and members in general. Aligning these affiliations will help decrease confusion and improve role clarity to help advance the mission of AANP.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I believe my authentic leadership and advocacy for the Nurse Practitioner profession as my foundational qualities that will facilitate my success during my service to the AANP board of directors. My professional skills include academic and organizational leadership, nursing education, accreditation, and service to professional organizations. Similar to the past two years as the Region 2 director, I will continue to advocate for the NP members in my region. Further, networking with members and communicating the value they add as AANP members is key to increasing the number of AANP members. During my term as the Region 2 Director, I stayed visible and available to my members. Visibility and networking at AANP events and outside, I earned the trust of the members that I interacted with. I initiated an outreach to Puerto Rico (PR) members to encourage nominations for the State Liaison (SL) position. A few nominations came forth as a result and there is now a new SL for the state. I continue collaborations with PR members to increase members in the state.

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

I am well positioned to advance the AANP mission to advance access to NP-delivered healthcare to diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research, and scholarship. My advocacy in policy efforts for FPA is aligned with strategic goal A through my participation in the NJ Joint Protocol Steering Group. My authentic leadership and ability to earn the trust of members are aligned with strategic goals B and D. As the first Indian American woman to serve on the board of directors of AANP, I elevate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of AANP strategic initiatives. I believe all members of AANP need to be empowered and heard. When members see value in their membership, membership grows and that should be the priority!!