Ann Kriebel Gasparro, DrNP, MSN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Candidate for Nomination Council

Campaign Message:

If elected to the nomination council, I propose to advance the Mission and strategic plan of AANP by assisting in the development of a slate of qualified candidates for elected positions. These candidates should be committed to removing practice barriers and increasing access to NP-provided care and committed to the goal of NPs gaining parity with physicians and other providers in reimbursement, payment and government funding.

If elected, I will assist in recruiting and vetting qualified candidates for the elected positions within AANP and submitting these to the Board of Directors, and I commit to participate in all Council meetings and conference calls.

I will continue my involvement in my state NP organization, advocating with my state legislators, attending lobby day at our capitol, and discussing these issues with my NP students and colleagues across the state and nation, & being a role model for political advocacy and action.

Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Graduate Faculty; House Call NP

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

I have served as the President of the Liberty Chapter of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) since 2016. In this role I reach out to nurse practitioners across the state of Pennsylvania about issues impacting our elderly population and coordinate educational sessions for NPs across the state, both member and non-members of our Chapter. In this role I network and collaborate with NPs about issues that impact practice, advocacy, and full practice authority. In my roles as the Director of the NP-DNP Program at Alvernia University from 2016 to 2018, and Temple University from 2013 -2016, I taught NP students about legislative issues impacting their practice and encouraged engagement in lobby day at our state capitol and recommended their attendance at AANP Conferences. My research is centered on evaluating Outcomes of the DNP; as a data collector at the AANP Conferences in 2015 and 2017, my results were presented at local, state and national conferences. I have served in leadership roles as the Chair of the GAPNA Research Committee, leading monthly national conference calls to discuss the research agenda of GAPNA. The Chair position also leads the coordination of abstract reviews and judging for the annual national conference.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

One of the biggest challenges facing NPs to the delivery of affordable, & accessible health care is the attainment of full practice authority in all states to fulfill the directive of the IOM that nurses should practice to the full extent of their ability. Only 22 states have passed FPA. All NPs need to be engaged & informed about the issues that affect their day-to-day practice, & the biggest barrier to providing care to underserved populations is the current obstruction by various groups to the legislative passing of full practice authority which would allow NPs to serve in rural areas & care for underserved populations that do not have access to health care. This is an issue that affects every NPs practice, whether seasoned or a new graduate; however, many NPs are not engaged in the political issues. There are many reasons, NPs are busy, they have families, they work hard, they have little time. As faculty & leaders, it is important for us to network & share the message of why being involved is so important to their practice, now & in the future. We need to share these messages to our colleagues to attain their engagement.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My leadership style has been greatly influenced by the AANP Leadership Program that I completed in 2016. Through the year-long interaction with team members and working with mentors, I experienced the philosophy of servant leadership and the power of giving positive feedback. The Leadership Program has helped me to be more effective in my role as the President of the Liberty Chapter of GAPNA, and has also helped me to become a more supportive teacher for students in my graduate faculty role. The process of leading, coordinating, networking, and motivating others has become more satisfactory and effective once I shifted the focus from a ‘perfect outcome’ to focusing on helping others grow in knowledge, experience, and professionalism, and experience. The journey of mentoring other NPs and NP students has been a valuable and gratifying experience in being part of the trajectory of their growth and achievement of their goals, both individual or as a team. One of my former NP DNP students, now an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP graduate, was the 2019 recipient of the Nightingale Award; a wonderful achievement for a student.

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

If elected to the nomination council, I propose to advance the Mission and strategic plan of AANP by assisting in the development of a slate of qualified candidates for elected positions who are committed to the Mission and strategic plan of AANP. These candidates should be committed to removing practice barriers and increasing access to NP-provided care and committed to the goal of NPs gaining parity with physicians and other providers in reimbursement, payment and government funding. If elected, I will assist in recruiting and vetting qualified candidates for the elected positions within AANP and submitting these to the Board of Directors, and I commit to participate in all Council meetings and conference calls. I will continue my involvement in my state NP organization, advocating with my state legislators, attending lobby day at our capitol, and discussing these issues with my NP students and colleagues across the state and nation, & being a role model for political advocacy and action.