I am asking for your vote for Region 9 Director. I have been Northern California State Representative, but as Regional Director I hope to make changes that will increase the communication between the organization and its’ state members in the region. I will work towards increasing membership engagement by working with the organization to make the process of volunteering or being more involved easier. Finally, I want to increase the number of NP leaders within and outside AANP, especially leaders who are more diverse. I believe with accomplishing these goals AANP will be a stronger organization for all members.
Assistant Professor at San Jose State University and NP at Land Park Pediatrics Medical Group
I was Northern California State Representative for AANP for 5 years. I was Speaker of the House of Delegates annual meeting for 3 years and state Membership chair for California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) for 4 years. I held many board positions and was president and immediate past president for the Sacramento Chapter of CANP before taking a leadership role at the state level. I have been in leadership positions for local organizations, such as on the board of directors and served as Board President for Clara's House, a primary care clinic in Sacramento for a decade, Treasurer for past two years for Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
The biggest challenge facing NPs today and over the next decade is recognition of the work we do on at least two fronts. First, we need to continue to educate the communities we serve and the patients we care for on what is the role of the NP. While NPs and organizations like AANP have made great strides in educating the public, we need to continue the work until one day when a patient is told they will be seeing a NP, the next question is not "I thought I was seeing the doctor or what's that?" AANP needs to continue the work on educating the public, providing resources NPs can share with patients to explain who they are and what they do. Second, NPs are challenged with recognition on the legislative front. While approximately, half of the states have a FPA bill based on AANP's definition, many do not. AANP needs to work more within the states, providing tools or resources that members can utilize to better educate state legislators on the NP role to remove barriers to NP practice.
I believe in delegating duties and tasks to others on the team which will build their leadership skills along with ensuring the completion of the project. Through delegation, I believe it’s important to trust team members to carry out their duties and not micromanage them, but be ready and willing to assist when needed which is another skill I bring: trustworthiness. I also bring flexibility, commitment and responsibility. Clear and transparent communication is another important skill that I will bring to the role if elected. During my tenure as state membership chair for CANP, I worked with chapter membership chairs to disseminate best practices for recruitment and membership engagement. The membership was highest it had ever been, reaching 4,000 members. An organization needs not only to recruit new members, but should work to engage and retain current members.
If elected, I would work to advance the mission and strategic plan to increase NP leaders within AANP and the overall health care industry. I would work towards increasing diverse leaders within the organization. I have been lucky in my leadership roles in AANP. Recommended to complete the then current state representative's term and due to recommendation of others being asked as a member on the new DEI committee. However, as a member wanting to become more involved in the organization, the current system of completing a interest document didn't work. From where I and other members sit, it feels like only a select few are targeted to chair or work on committees and for the most part they do not look like me. Any members who wants to share their talents and work for the betterment of the organization should be given the opportunity. I would want to help make it easier for members to become involved and possibly start a mentorship program for any member, but especially Black and Brown members who seek leadership roles within the organization. In doing so, AANP would have more and better member engagement which could increase membership in the organization.