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Jason Gleason, DNP, NP-C, USAF Lieutenant Colonel (RET)

Candidate for Region 8 Director

Jason Gleason

Campaign Message:

I am running for Region 8 Director fueled by the belief that by working together we can all make a difference in the lives of the patients and communities that we serve. I am a proud USAF Veteran with over twenty years of strong leadership experience. I am running for director of region 8 with the aim to serve connect with, empower and inspire all NPs across our region. I would: CONNECT by listening and responding to my constituents/colleagues needs; EMPOWER my constituents/colleagues by sharing the vision and mission of the AANP to advance quality healthcare through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership and INSPIRE Region 8 by casting an inspirational vision in each state to roll out the mission of the AANP in practical ways which all Nurse Practitioners can participate in and utilize to enhance patient care while crushing disease and knocking out disparities in every community.


Current Professional Position

A DNP in primary care taking care of our national heroes. Senior Faculty at Fitzgerald Health and Education Associates by Colibri. Chairperson of the Montana VA APRN Council. Member of the Carelinx by Sharecare Advisory Board. Member of the National Veterans Administration APRN Council.

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of military service and I now proudly care for our national heroes at the VA. At the Montana VA I serve on the LGBTQ+ diversity, medical bylaws and peer review committees in addition to being chairperson for the Montana VA APRN council. Following my wife's death from stroke, I established a global stroke conference, delivered 70 stroke presentations nationwide, launched a stroke website for professionals, developed two high school stroke curriculums, penned an AANP stroke blog, and produced an award-nominated stroke documentary. I advance clinical practice globally through serving on the VA and Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline Stroke workgroup. I also serve on the advisory board for Carelinx by Sharecare, backed by figures like Jeff Arnold and Oprah Winfrey. This year, I engaged in a record-setting AANP media campaign, participating in 24 national interviews to promote NP practice, stroke prevention, and care. As Region 8 director, I aim to connect with, empower, and inspire NPs and their communities, with hopes of serving as AANP President in the future. It's a chance to give back to the organization that's given me so much over two decades.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

In the midst of one of the most significant healthcare challenges in recent history, NPs are on the frontline of ensuring accessible healthcare for all Americans. NPs grapple with a series of hurdles - from scope of practice limitations and workforce shortages to education and training constraints, along with issues of work-life balance and burnout. It's crucial to recognize that within these challenges lie significant opportunities. These are moments to connect with, empower and inspire each other and those we serve. Together, we can forge a path towards a brighter future for our profession, the patients we care for, and the communities we are a part of. Building stronger connections among NPs is essential, as is fostering a deeper connection with the essence of humanity in our patients. Equally important is the need to continually uplift and support one another, enabling us to provide the best care possible for our patients. Moreover, as NPs, we must aim to inspire both our colleagues and the patients we care for. Every patient regardless of their circumstances should leave our clinics and hospitals feeling like a million bucks instead of a buck-fifty. NPs can lead the way.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

As a charismatic communicator and leader with a passion for connecting with, empowering, and inspiring others, I've leveraged my knowledge and experience to promote NP clinical practice on a global scale. This is evidenced by my commitment to actively participate in a groundbreaking AANP media campaign. It involved collaboration with AANP leadership and media experts, participating in a record-setting 24 interviews across the country in a short period of time, adeptly answering challenging media questions, writing a blog, and managing social media, all to promote NP clinical practice. This media tour held profound significance, potentially reaching millions of viewers and listeners. It also marked a historical moment for AANP, as I set a record for the highest number of interviews in such a short period. Additionally, I became the first AANP member not in an official leadership role to be invited to participate in such a large-scale media campaign on behalf of AANP. My devotion to public service started in elementary school when I started the first ever school newspaper run exclusively by students. Since then I have had a robust amount of experience in leadership through my military and civilian service all driven by a passion to help others.

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

I would leverage my communication and leadership skills to make meaningful contributions to AANP's region 8 and beyond. Firstly, I'd actively engage in AANP media events, spotlighting NP clinical practice, promoting practice authority and education for a national audience. Secondly, I'd lead programs, empowering NPs to engage effectively with the media to promote accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality healthcare. Thirdly, I'd testify in legislative sessions, advocating for full practice authority and accessible healthcare for all Americans. Furthermore, I'd craft health policy media and contribute to AANP think tanks, fostering innovation and unity. Lastly, I aspire to serve in AANP leadership giving back to the organization that has given me so much. In the words of Nicholas Nassim Taleb, 'Be the fire and wish for the wind.' NPs like me are the fire, and AANP is the fierce, unstoppable wind that fuels our collective blaze to make a positive impact on the world.