Greetings from Kentucky, the Home of Fast Horses and Beautiful Women!
My name is Amy Fennel, and I am asking for your vote in this year's AANP Election. I would be honored to serve you on our Nomination Council, helping to identify, encourage, and empower fellow NPs who are also qualified, interested, and willing to serve.
I have experience with the Kentucky Coalition's Nomination Committee, as both Member and Chair. I think it is a fair assessment to say that I am both motivated and motivational. I want to help do the work and have a proven track record of leadership and service.
"It is our choices, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J. K. Rowling
My choice is to run for office, and I need your help. Vote Amy Fennel for AANP Nomination Council 2020 and help me, help you!
Vote Amy Fennel!
Associate Degree Nursing Instructor
I believe the biggest challenge we continue to face is formal recognition of the Nurse Practitioner role. We are nurses, most well experienced in that capacity, who wanted and were willing to expand and advance our role in healthcare. In order to do this, we increased our knowledge base, obtaining Master's and Doctorate degrees in nursing and healthcare. Research continues to show that we are proven providers of quality healthcare. Not only are we completely capable, but we are also willing to meet our patients' needs, particularly in rural and underserved areas. While I believe that many of our colleagues have come to appreciate and respect what we do as part of the healthcare team; we also know that, unfortunately, there are many who still do not seem to understand us. In Kentucky, we continue to strive for full practice authority, but also continue to be encumbered by unnecessary rules and regulations. We have been publicly criticized by physicians as well as legislators. I was very glad to see the AANP Initiative for reporting negative criticism and treatment of Nurse Practitioners. I also feel that AANP is a tremendous resource and ally toward full practice authority initiatives.
I feel an important aspect of leadership positions is that you almost always get more in return than what you are asked to give. I have gained a great deal from the organizations for whom I have served, as well as the wonderful people I have met. Many of them, particularly in healthcare, but also in other areas, have become great leadership examples and mentors. This has shown me the importance of networking within and across groups. I also feel that when more is possible, that should be the goal. At this stage in my career, I feel a sense of urgency to spend my time in the most productive and fulfilling ways. I have served the KCNPNM as a Board member for multiple terms, Vice President, Nominations Committee Member and Chair. I am proud of having created a "blueprint" for Legislative Receptions in western Kentucky that could be duplicated across the state, and that proved successful for our legislative initiatives. I have been appointed by multiple KY Governors to their Boards and Commissions. I believe all of this helped lead to being honored as the 2015 AANP State Award for Excellence, Kentucky, and a proven track record in leadership.
I appreciate the importance of empowerment more all the time. I hope I have conveyed that I am grateful to the Nurse Practitioners who have laid the groundwork for our profession. I see us as a very talented and gifted group. I think it is very important to see leadership roles as opportunities to promote ourselves as true leaders in healthcare. By serving on the Nomination Council, I would be able to encourage fellow NPs who are qualified and motivated to serve, to do exactly that. We all have very different backgrounds and experiences that are needed in forming the right path to move forward. I have found that many times, all this is needed to help a colleague become more involved and active is just a bit of encouragement and support. Goodness knows I have gotten a lot of help along my way. It is all about helping one another to achieve the greatest end, and now, I hope to have a new and different opportunity with AANP to continue paying it forward.