If elected as Region 9 Director, I will continue to make achievement of policy goals and NP practice my top priorities. In my current position as mayor of Yorba Linda, I have learned an incredible amount about the political landscape and how to navigate it successfully. As a past president of CANP and a private practice owner, I understand the issues NPs face in California and around the country. I also have extensive experience in consensus building and creating real solutions. I currently serve on the AANP Health Policy Committee, Chair the Health Policy Conference Committee, and have over 12 years of experience working with organizations and legislators in reaching goals that seemed unattainable. With your help, I will bring a new vision to the office of AANP Region 9 Director and ensure we are all included in the continued elevation of nurse practitioners. Vote Beth Haney!
Mayor of Yorba Linda, NP at UCI Student Health Center, NP-Owner at Luxe Aesthetic Center
Americans continue to struggle to navigate our complex health care system and even those with health insurance have difficulty accessing care. In an unfortunate conundrum, many NPs struggle with their inability to deliver care due to antiquated state laws. Surprisingly, many NPs do not understand the legal/policy aspects affecting their practice i.e. restrictive state regulations, evolving health policies, or full practice authority (FPA). Health care delivery could be improved by further informing NPs on the resources to help them navigate their state’s practice barriers and thereby increase patient access to care. For example, AANP can grow an understanding of FPA by having workshops, presentations, and posters consistently showcased at conferences and highlighting FPA components on social media outlets. In addition, simple, repetitive, and consistent messaging using alternative avenues to capture more NPs in their own communities would help disseminate information. Exciting presentations or seminars provided by local NP policy experts throughout the year at non-conference meetings would help inform NPs at a grassroots level. I believe if more NPs understood how policy and laws impact their practice, they would be more engaged and better able to shape the future of NP practice that would benefit all patients.
My service as the president of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) and the 8 years I served on the CANP Board of Directors, has given me the experience of leading the largest professional organization for NPs in the country. During my presidency and through consensus building with the board, I developed the CANP alignment agreement and brought the 22 independently running state chapters of CANP together to function efficiently as one organization. Through this process, the organization logo was standardized, our website was upgraded, and our image in Sacramento skyrocketed. CANP is now a streamlined, well-respected organization that has made numerous advances for NPs in California, not only through legislation but through the elevation of the NP brand. In addition to my service to CANP, I am also serving as mayor of Yorba Linda and am currently running unopposed for re-election to City Council. The experience I gained from leading CANP has helped me lead a similar system of local government and navigate state governments. Also, as a business owner, I have a unique perspective on financial and customer service aspects of organizations, and this helps me lead with a wide variety of skills based on my experiences.
The mission and strategic plan of AANP is the core of the organization and is where principles and goals develop. I will advance the AANP mission and strategic plan through new ways of communicating essential messages not only to members of AANP but to the general population. For example, my strategy of promoting NPs by becoming an elected official and subsequently informing elected officials at the state, county, and local levels has increased awareness of NPs. One of my successful endeavors includes having most of the 34 cities in Orange County (OC) proclaim National NP Week. Last year, I was also able to have National NP Week authorized by our Orange County Board of Supervisors. This year, I have included my senator and assemblyman to proclaim National NP Week. Showcasing NP Week at the local level is where communities and residents become personally informed about NPs. As a matter of fact, one mayor of a large OC city exclaimed he “didn’t know what an NP was until he proclaimed NP Week”! If elected, I will continue advancing the mission and strategic plan of AANP in collaboration with my AANP colleagues and continue to move the profession forward with honor.