Elect Gretchen Schumacher for AANP Recording Secretary! I have served and represent Region 5 to date, and have gained the knowledge and understanding of AANP board leadership to hit the ground running for you as Recording Secretary. If elected, I commit to bringing my organizational knowledge and skill set to accurately record board activities and perform other duties in the role. As a seasoned Nurse Practitioner, NP practice entrepreneur, and experienced organizational leader, I know the value and possess effective strain all regions know their practice and profession best, and it is critical that I connect with and listen to the voice of the NP community coast to coast. I commit to continue my engagement with NP communities in all AANP regions.
Owner and NP, Elder Care West Michigan LLC
AANP Board Member, Region 5 Director 2017-2021: I serve as Director of Region 5. I have gained a solid understanding of the AANP Board policies and procedures, preparing me to confidently serve as Recording Secretary. I serve as a liaison to the AANP Practice committee and SPGs supporting the committee’s activities and bringing the Board’s lens of the organizational mission and vision. President, Michigan Council for Nurse Practitioners 2017-2018: In addition, I also served as PAC Chair. I served as the organization lead representative in the developing coalition, the APRN Alliance of Michigan which included CRNA, CNS and CNM state professional organizations. Governor to the State of Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force 2017-2018: I was commissioned by Governor Snyder to represent the profession of Nursing on this state-wide task force. I collaborated with law enforcement, judicial and law experts, physicians, pharmacists, and dental professionals to develop a strategic plan and activities to impact the crisis in MI. From this I bring experience in collaborating with non-health care stakeholders and explicit national and regional epidemiologic understanding of the opioid crisis. In 2019, I was invited to serve nationally on the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) Advisory Council.
I believe the greatest future challenge facing NPs in the future decade in health care delivery will be contextually related to reimbursement and full practice authority. NPs will face increased challenges for validating NP care delivery and securing equitable pay sources for care rendered. NPs are a central force to the inherent facets of value based reimbursement, but are under-represented in such arenas, such as Accountable Care Organizations. NPs in fee-for-service practice can anticipate decreased revenue streams which may impact overall NP salaries. AANP can address this issue through public policy and state and federal government affairs activities with CMS and commercial payers, in addition to improving media representation of members faced with reimbursement challenges and impact to patients. AANP can also continue to work in partnership with state NP organizations to eliminate practice barriers, promote full practice authority in all states which in turn could decrease reimbursement barriers.
As a servant leader, I believe effective leadership is founded in service to others. My skillset in this is embedded in concepts of motivation, positivity, communication, responsibility and team mindset. By nature, I am a networker with a passionate and motivating communication style. I am interested in assisting others to embrace their challenges and approach problems with solutions. I am a strong encourager of peer professionals, and am regularly sought for professional questions and direction. I make myself widely available to members and peers for communication and problem solving. I am committed to the time and effort needed to be a responsible leader. I can be counted on to complete knowledge acquisition needed to make informed decisions vs. emotionally-driven decisions. I believe in collective decision-making and the democratic process. Best decisions are made through many points of view, and I embrace viewpoints that differ from my own placing highest value on team decision-making. As a leader serving the members in my region and AANP peers, I am committed to, and welcome, feedback to improve my leadership skills. Refining leadership skills is a life-long process. I sincerely seek self-improvement and welcome mentorship and engagement regarding my performance.
Truly advancing a mission of an organization requires enthusiastic communication with its members, organizational leaders, and maybe even more importantly, potential members. I think it is imperative to generate buy-in and communicate the AANP mission strategically to appropriate audiences, especially non-members. AANP is a membership organization and I intend to represent and support programming and organizational efforts that keep member interests and needs at the center. I see myself and skillset as best suited for direct AANP promotion to members, non-members and peer board members. My professional networks both inside and outside my state provide me with arenas to share AANP and generate interest and membership. AANP is my professional home. Driven by this identity, I can provide an authentic voice to the impact AANP has on practice, such as my own in entrepreneurship. I have a long career in education and am and avid user of the educational offerings through AANP. I have as history of funded research in addition to a research degree and can clearly articulate AANPs research activities, Finally, with my leadership history, I can mentor and encourage NPs to grow in leadership and identify places to serve.