Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, has been committed to advancing the nurse practitioner role over the past three and half decades and is seeking to be re-elected as a member of the Nomination Council. I have a proven record of leadership and capacity to envision, develop, and transform health care models. As a member of the nominations council, I will work to ensure that we have highly qualified candidates to present to Executive Board and membership for consideration for these critical offices. I respectfully request your vote to be a member of the nominations council.
Director Graduate Nurse Education
AANP Nomination Council 2017 to present
AANP Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2018 to present
Philadelphia Area NP Group – Nominations chair 2013-2018
Pennsylvania Coalition of NPs – Nominations Committee 2017 to present
Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing 2015 to present
Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2006 to present
In the next decade, I think the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of healthcare is related to the inconsistency from state to state on NP scope of practice. This variation in scope and modernization of regulations limits patients’ ability to access high quality, efficient NP care. This inconsistency not only limits access to primary care, but also care in all practice settings. AANP, as the voice for all NPs, is positioned to articulate the impact of the barriers imposed by the variation in NP regulations across the country and strategically align partners to achieve the necessary policy and/or legislative changes.
I think I would bring the following skills to AANP: detailed orientation, effective communication skills, team orientation, effective listener, trustworthiness, commitment, creativity, positive perspective, sense of responsibility to bigger cause, and support for colleagues. I have been involved in and/or led many initiatives over the course of my career, but the one most recent I would like to share is related to directing the Greater Philadelphia Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration project. During the course of that project, I worked with 9 university schools of nursing related to preceptor opportunities for NP students. There was no boiler plate for how to operationalize the GNE, so I worked with many health system and university partners to put processes in place. This involved monthly meetings and numerous communications to develop amongst many things, a dependable and satisfactory system of pass-through payments to competing health systems and universities, as well as establishing a network of community based preceptors. In partnership with the universities we were able to effectively establish a consortium in the region to effectively increase the NP workforce and available preceptors.
If elected, I would propose to be a continued advocate as outlined in the AANP mission and strategic plan and support efforts that would advance the visibility of NPs to promote quality health care for all via the domains of practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. In seeking the position on the Nomination Council, I will utilize my skills in facilitating processes for the selection of stellar future leaders in AANP.