James Dickens, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Candidate for Region 6 Director (Incumbent)

Campaign Message:

Dear AANP Region 6 Colleagues,

My name is James LaVelle Dickens, and I am seeking your vote for re-election to the AANP Region 6 Director position.

If re-elected, my goals are to:

  1. Stay MEMBER focused, by listening to the members.
  2. Continue to solicit feedback from our AANP membership and state partners to identify emerging issues and improve the delivery of AANP services.
  3. Provide input to the Nominations Council members in improving the nominations process for sustained excellence in the AANP leadership pipeline
  4. Maintain the collaborative relationships I've cultivated with stakeholders and the Region 6 NGOs.

I have demonstrated leadership, service and commitment to the goals of AANP and will continue to serve with your support.

Thank you in advance for your support,

CAPT James LaVelle Dickens, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

CMS Branch Chief, Survey Branch, Regional Office-Dallas

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

CAPTAIN/O-6 in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (32 years) Current Senior Program Manager for the Division of Survey and Certification, CMS Region 6 Served as Program Manager Office of Minority Health, HHS Region 6 Served as Deputy Regional Health Administrator, HHS Region 6 Current AANP Region 6-Regional Director *First active duty Uniformed Services AANP BOD member *First African-American AANP BOD member AANP Fellow-2010 Current Vice President, Texas Nurse Practitioners Foundation BOD Past AANP Awards Committee member Past AANP Diversity and Inclusion work-group member Past AANP Nominations Council member and Chair Past AANP Conference Committee member

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing NPs for the next decade in my opinion are the lack of consistent full practice authority statutes across the nation and territories. Those inconsistencies remain a huge barrier for Nurse Practitioners and our ability to deliver high-quality health care. Additionally, these issues are multi-factorial in nature. A few of the ways AANP leadership and references can be used to help in addressing the issues to support NPs are: 1. develop with the assistance of our NGOs input a graduated approach to make targeted media efforts in restrictive practice states, massaging and softening the market between legislative sessions 2. align AANPs efforts to more closely reflect the needs of our NGO members and the needs of our state partners/stakeholders 3. be open and amenable to pursuing incremental practice authority changes and gains, even if they do not end in full practice authority immediately, while mindfully protecting legislative gains achieved 4. provide full throat support for our (Region 6) most restrictive practice states.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I subscribe to the Reddin 3-D Leadership Model, which suggest using a situational leadership style achieve the appropriate outcomes. Simon Sinek states." Leadership is not being in charge, but taking care of those in your charge." Exemplars: Initiative - Served as the Chair of the AANP Nominations Committee. I identified the need for an evaluation process for potential candidates for AANP state and national offices. Outcome - I lead these efforts to develop what was the first AANP Nominations vetting guidelines for potential candidates. The Nominations Council still use an updated and enhanced iteration of those guidelines. Initiative - During that same time period, I began discussions with the AANP President and CEO for the need for a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) focus from leadership. Outcome - A D&I work-group was established by President Joyce Knestrick in 2017. The work-group has progressed to an ad hoc D&I Committee established in 2018, and has continued under President Sophia Thomas. I currently serve as the AANP BOD liaison to the first AANP ad hoc D&I Committee. Initiative - Identified concerns regarding zero budget adjustments for AANP scholarships for members. Outcome - AANP members received a 20% budget increase for scholarships.

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

AANP mission is to "empower all Nurse Practitioners to advance quality health care." As the Region 6 Director, I propose to advance the AANP mission in the "Strat Plan" identified above by: 1. continuing to build on the foundation established by Region 6 NP leaders by: a. directing AANP resources to the membership b. continuing to build state/local capacity and collaborations c. assessing the need to expand state engagement in an effort to become more effective and efficient with finite resources 2. continuing my efforts to help create work environments that permit NPs to deliver excellent quality health care to all patients by: a. minimizing and removing practice barriers to increase access to NP provided care b. continuing to increase the visibility of NPs as health leaders c. foster meaningful AANP educational experiences in an effort to identify the next generation of NP leaders.