It has been my honor to have served AANP membership as the Region 5 Director. If I am re-elected to a second term, I will work to ensure that the AANP goals and objectives are brought to fruition. This includes strengthening the NP voice and presence in health care on a local, national and international level. Our voice is so important as our profession moves forward to provide our patients with the quality care we offer. I will work diligently to assure that NPs remain at EVERY table and stay visible as providers.
As a leader in the organization, I place a high value on the needs and concerns of those I lead. I am highly motivated to make a positive impact on the presence and legislative success of NPs in the Region and respectfully request your vote as the AANP Region 5 Director. Thank you for your support!
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I think the biggest challenge that NPs face in the coming years is with our public image and how this relates to full practice authority. These topics have become heavily intertwined over the last few years with the development of various fringe medical organizations going to great lengths to publicly defame and discredit the role of the NP to consumers and legislators. This has stalled many states efforts to enact full practice authority and also sabotaged favorable changes in health policies that sought to address health care access and inefficiencies. And while AANP has taken many steps to manage this, I believe AANP will need to place even greater resources towards proactively addressing the misinformation moving forward. I believe it will take more than the release of position statements to effectively deal with the unrelenting assault by these groups. Strategies I think AANP needs to consider include the use of various multi-media like OP-Ed campaigns, podcasts and live streaming services. These formats will allow AANP to reach a broader consumer audience and showcase more effectively the value of NPs in health care.
I have been a strong champion of the NP profession since graduating in 2009. I have a proven track record as a servant leader at the local, state and national levels. I devoted a large part of my NP career navigating the political waters to expand access to NP care in my home state of Indiana. I advocated for the inclusion of NPs in health care legislation over the last several years with regards to telehealth, physical therapy, POLST, death certificates and high school athletics physicals. I built a solid infrastructure of NPs to serve in various leadership and advocacy positions across the state of Indiana. This work has culminated into the formation of state legislative and grassroots committees and development of an online advocacy toolkit and formalized advocacy coaching program.
I propose to advance the AANP mission and strategic plan by focusing on engaging more NPs to seek membership in AANP. I want to grow our membership not only by volume, but also with regards to diversity and inclusion. I want to ensure equal representation of all groups across all levels of the organization. In order for AANP to be recognized as a leading resource for NP's in practice, education, advocacy and research, I believe we need to do a better job of recruiting people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to serve in AANP.