I am seeking your vote to support you on the Nomination Council for AANP. I am an Assistant Professor at Samford University in the Ida Moffett School of Nursing. I am certified by the NAMS as a National Certified Menopause provider (NCMP). I graduated from Union University with my Doctorate of Nurse Practice degree, and UAB with an MSN in the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track. I hold certifications as both an Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner and a Women’s health nurse practitioner. She currently is practicing in sleep medicine at American Sleep Medicine and volunteering at Save-A-Life. She has been a member of AANP for the past five years. Serving each of you and AANP on the Nomination Council would be an honor, and help in providing service to the profession of nurse practitioners.
Assistant Professor, Samford University, Ida Moffett School of Nuring and American Sleep Medicine
I have been a member of many school of nursing committees and elected to serve as a member on Samford University-wide committees. I currently was elected to serve on Samford University’s Sigma Theta Tau International Board as a Leadership Succession Committee Member. I am also serving on the National Academies of Practice promotional development committee as the sub- team 2 leader.
I feel the biggest challenge is limiting the scope to which nurse practitioners can practice with regulations and insurance policies. AANP can help NPS advocate and provide tools for NPs to educate their patients on the legislature to vote for. If patients begin to get involved and demand more access to the providers they love more will get done. It seems that is it does not become an issue that makes it to social media mainstream then very little is done. Getting back to grassroots advocacy is where NPs and where AANP can help promote change.
I have served as a member on many committees. I am committed to working to achieve and promote ideas that committee have. It requires grit to bring up the idea when you are the junior member and to push for a much-needed initiative. Recently at a committee meeting I suggested an idea for a practitioner to professor learning series. There is little literature and support for healthcare providers coming in to teach our future healthcare providers. This idea was voted on and I am the lead on this learning series at my University. This series will lead to a publication to support other future nursing faculty making a transition to teaching. There is such a need for educators who actually practice.
If elected to plan to put the time into vet candidates running for an officer to ensure they embodied the mission, vision, and goals of AANP. I will be looking for candidates who through their practice advance health care by seeking to achieve health care equality for patients seeking care with NPs. Looking for candidates who have a positive reputation in leadership and high-quality care. I would be looking for NPs that support the strategies plan which their action for equality in reimbursement. When not vetting candiates I would be recruiting qualified candidates for positions not filled through the nomination process. Many NPs might also not be a member. I feel it is the role of all memebers to also recruit for members to the organization.