Beth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC is a practicing NP and the FNP Program Lead at the University of Michigan. As an active member of AANP, she is an ideal person to serve as a member of the AANP Nomination Council. She has been actively involved in AANP for the last ten years in a number of ways. Dr. Kuzma was awarded an AANP Foundation Grant, in 2010, received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012, received the AANP DNP scholarship in 2014, served as the AANP State Representative for Michigan from 2014 to 2018, and is currently a member of the AANP National Research Committee. Dr. Kuzma attends the national AANP conference annually and has presented at the National Conference on a number of topics. She serves as a content reviewer for both AANP publications, the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
FNP, Clinical Assistant Professor, FNP Program Lead
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 04/2011; 04/2015; 04/2016 AANP Annual Region 5 Invitational Leadership Meeting, Participant 04/2017 06/2014 – 06/2018 American Association of Nurse Practitioners, State Representative for Michigan 04/2018 – 04/2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Research Committee National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) 06/2018 – present Program Director’s Special Interest Group 06/2018 – present Health Policy Special Interest Group 06/2018 – present Trauma-informed Special Interest Group REGIONAL Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) 01/2010 – 01/2012 Ann Arbor Chapter, President Elect 10/2010; 10/2011 Ann Arbor Chapter, Fall CEU Symposium, Conference Planning Committee Member, CE Planner 10/2010; 09/2011; 09/2013 Ann Arbor Chapter, Annual Scholarship Program, Chair of Search Committee 04/2011 Annual Statewide Conference, Planning Committee, Co-Chair of Financial Committee 01/2012 – 01/2014 Ann Arbor Chapter, President 12/2012; 12/2013 Ann Arbor and Metro Chapter, Annual Pharmacology Conference, Conference Planning Committee Member, CE Planner 01/2015 – 09/2017 UM MICNP Student Chapter, Faculty Advisor 09/2018 – Present Statewide Finance Committee 09/2018-present FNP Program Lead, University of Michigan School of Nursing
From my perspective, the push for full practice authority across states remains the most foundational challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care. Until every state has full practice authority we will never be able to fully actualize our potential to address the healthcare needs across the country or begin to focus on other issues as effectively, including reimbursement or national issues. It is challenging to address issues related to reimbursement, CMS regulation, ability to order home care/diabetic shoes/etc until we have full practice authority in all states. Once we have full practice authority, we will be able to systematically collect data on a national level related to NP care and outcomes untethered to physician “oversight”, “collaboration”, “supervision”, or “incident-to” services. This data could help to transform the NP role in healthcare to improve patients’ access to choose care from high-quality, cost-effective care from highly qualified NPs. AANP should continue to support states in moving toward full practice authority by providing resources for responding to challenges from organizations opposed to NP full practice authority, provide marketing and advertising support to increase public awareness of and demand for NP services, and continue to collect data and disseminate results through publications.
As a leader I pull together members of the team, build on their strengths, and encourage mutual decision-making. I am an extremely organized, planner, and have a strategic viewpoint that is helpful not only to envision future potential, but more important to design, plan, and implement change. My leadership skills have continued to develop over the last 10 years in the various leadership roles I have taken on in professional organizations. I began at the local chapter level, and from there, I progressed into statewide leadership roles learning about both the national and state organizations and how they are connected. I bring a strong policy background to the table having participated in the AACN Faculty Policy Intensive Fellowship Program, the Education Policy Fellowship Program, and having performed a detailed policy analysis for my DNP Clinical Inquiry Project. I am engaged in policy advocacy for patients, nursing education, and the profession. Additionally, I have been involved in leadership in interprofessional education and practice initiatives, working alongside professionals from seven other disciplines to design, plan, and implement programs that will create meaningful experiences for NP students and other graduate level health professions students with the hope to change the future of healthcare.
If elected to the Nomination Council, I would be committed to strengthening the nominations and vetting process to identify strong candidates to run for leadership positions within the organization. With strong and passionate leaders AANP can continue to empower nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership, and find new and innovative ways to build and strengthen our reach.