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I have a proven track record as a servant leader and demonstrated commitment to AANP and the NP role. I have been active in AANP on many fronts including Region 5 Director for the last three years, Indiana State Representative for three terms, Chair of the 2021 National Conference, and committee member of the FAANP Selection Committee These leadership positions provided me with a unique opportunity to understand the needs and challenges of AANP as it relates to PEARL: practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. Based on these experiences, I believe I am uniquely prepared to serve in the secretarial position on the AANP Board of Directors. I would be honored to serve in this capacity, and I hope I can count on you for your support.
Dr. Thompson is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adolescents and adults with diabetes. Her clinical practice is within a hospital-based endocrinology clinic at Hendricks Endocrinology in Danville, Indiana. In this position she also provides administrative oversight for all hospital policies, protocols, and practices as it relates to care and management of individual with diabetes.
I have had the pleasure of serving in a variety of leadership positions in nursing and non-nursing organizations. NATIONAL -AANP Region 5 Director- 2020 to current date, serving a 2nd term -AANP Endocrine SPG Co-Chair- 2019 to 2023 -AANP 2021 National Conference Chair STATE -Indiana Coalition of Patient-Centered Care (ICPCC)- developed in 2021, Founding member -Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (CAPNI)- 2020-2023 President -CAPNI- 2023 AANP Representative to the board -Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana- Medical Director 2013-2022 -Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana- Board member 2014-current I am applying for the position of secretary on the AANP Board of Directors for 2024.
There are a multitude of challenges facing NPs and the delivery of health care. There are two main health care issues that will predominate in the next ten years: health care provider shortages and NP licensure restrictions. We are facing a national shortage of health care providers. Over 99 million Americans live in healthcare provider shortage areas. That is a lot of people who lack basic access to healthcare services across the country. Current estimates indicate >18,000 more providers are needed to meet the basic demands & health care needs. One solution that needs to be considered is governmental financial investments for NP education directed at programming, faculty, and clincal partnerships to be at parity with our physician colleagues. These financial enhancements will bolster the NP workforce to meet the demand both now and into the future. NP licensure restrictions continue to impede health care delivery at the federal and state level. Signature authority and right sizing licensure laws are critical to the reduction in healthcare inequalities and disparities seen by patients that seek an NP as their provider of choice. I want to see AANP continue to devote resources and funding to advocacy at the federal and state level.
I pride myself on being open-minded, an active listener, and good communicator. These skills are life skills; they help you better understand the needs of others and ensure inclusivity when working/directing projects. Additionally, I am a detail and time-oriented person that excels at organization and critical thinking. I am a democratic leader, but utilize visionary style with goal setting, outcome measures, and communication and coaching to build individual team member skills and foster relationships. During my term as President of CAPNI (2020-2023), I worked with the board to develop a sustainable organizational structure to support the mission and ongoing growth with improved efficiency/efficacy. New committees were formed (onboarding, education, research, marketing) and committee policies were enacted to direct the composition, term, and responsibilities. 2023 was the 2nd year with the new structure and since that time CAPNI has supported four NP research projects; awarded $7,000 scholarships to CAPNI student members, provided three free recorded CEs, added a 2nd conference offering focused on pharmacology; expanded into three new social media markets, published >10 OP-EDs by APRN authors, secured six media interviews in local television and radio spots; and enacted an onboarding program for the board, committee chairs, and committee members.
I propose to advance the AANP mission and strategic plan by engaging more NPs to seek membership and leadership positions in AANP. In order for AANP to be recognized as a leading resource for NP's in practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership; we need to do a better job of recruiting people from a variety of background and experiences to serve in AANP leadership. I want to grow our membership by volume AND in diversity and inclusivity. I want to ensure equal representation of all groups across all levels of the organization. I will and do support all actions centered around advocacy so that payment parity can be realized with all payer sources and NP licensure restrictions are eliminated so that patients that choose NPs as the provider of their choice, have full and direct access to the high-quality, equitable, person-centered care NPs provide.