Donald Gardenier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Candidate for Recording Secretary

Campaign Message:

My name is Donald Gardenier and I am running for AANP recording secretary. I served on the AANP board of directors from 2013-2016 and before that on the board of the American College of Nurse Practitioners from 2009 - 2012. Many of you may know me as the editor of JNP's "Point/Counterpoint" column, which has afforded me the privilege of working with many dedicated and savvy NP authors since 2010. AANP is a remarkable association that represents a remarkable profession. Our growth has been impressive and I couldn't be prouder of the way in which we have come together to build this dream - our dream. As recording secretary I would proudly work for you to continue building our association and our profession so that we can continually improve the care we provide to our patients.

Current Professional Position

Nurse Practitioner, Associate Adjunct Professor

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

I currently serve as a member of the AANP Health Policy Conference Committee. I chaired the AANP Health Policy conference committee from 2016 until 2019. I serve on two expert panels for the American Academy of Nursing: Emerging Infectious Diseases and LGBT Health. I am also an Academy Edge Runner, designated in 2015 for innovation in health care delivery. I have been a section editor for JNP since 2010 where I have had responsibility for producing the opinion column "Point/Counterpoint" which runs in every issue of JNP and is the journal's most "clicked on" feature. I also serve on JNP's editorial board and have been the AANP liaison to JNP since 2013.I was an AANP board member from the Association's founding in 2013 until 2016. Immediately prior to that I served four consecutive years on the board of directors of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and was a member of the team that negotiated the merger of ACNP with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I have served on committees for the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the New York City and State Departments of Health and on numerous advisory boards and panels.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

Our most significant challenges as a profession will be to continue the forward trajectory we currently enjoy. We will make progress on our agenda as long as we create opportunities to showcase our unique contributions to advancing health and health care and our ability to innovate and meet the fast evolving needs of our patients within the health care system and policy contexts in which we operate. We must continue to focus on modernizing and standardizing practice parameters so that NP's nationwide are able to practice to the full scope of our training. We must assume greater and more prominent roles as leaders and decision makers. We must continue to identify barriers and remove them. We must continue to meet evolving practice needs that include advances in the delivery of health care and technology to meet patient needs. As AANP's membership grows we become more representative and we therefore should assume an increasingly central role in supporting our profession: As our primary representative in the policy arena; As an innovator in practice models and techniques; As a primary professional educator of NP's; And as critical support for NP's who are working at the state level for needed policy changes.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

During my tenure on the AANP board, I worked to fully integrate the recently merged associations, I played a role in building consensus on the board and in general among the leadership for policy initiatives during the critical period immediately pre- and post-merger. During my tenure as AANP Region 2 director there were some policy disagreements between AANP and state leadership in my region. I employed my skills in negotiation and engagement to successfully mitigate the impact of the disagreement and maintain continuity and support between AANP and the respective state leaders and organizations. I feel that the continued collegiality and cohesiveness between the state and the national leadership at the time were in large part a result of my efforts. I also worked to promote skills and greater responsibility as well as communication and organization building among the leadership and members in the states in my region. I have extensive experience as a speaker on clinical and leadership topics and community engagement as well as a substantial background in research and evidence-based practice. I believe these skills and experience will serve me well as AANP recording secretary, both as a leadership team member and steward of the record.

If Elected, I Propose to Advance the AANP Mission as Follows:

The primary impact that members of the board of directors have on the AANP mission is to develop and promulgate the strategic plan and to support its implementation as set forth in the bylaws of the Association. The board achieves these aims on behalf of the membership by deliberating and reaching consensus. So while board members must, in my view, be committed to the foundation and central tenets of NP practice and policy advancement, any organization's greatest strength is a board that is representative of a diversity of views, demonstrates a commitment to serving its membership, and maintains the goal of deliberation and reaching consensus around the primary issues of import to the members and our profession, and ultimately our patients. I will be committed to efforts that will continue to build our membership, to communicate our message, to support NP's in their practice needs, and to innovate in all areas so that we remain in the forefront of health care delivery.