Now, more than ever, there exists the need for nurse practitioners within our region to unite as a collective voice and advocate for our profession and our patients. By addressing barriers that mitigate our ability to provide care for the communities we serve, we can charter a new path that focuses on the quality, credibility, and skills that nurse practitioners can provide. AANP has the ability to set the course for a system that promotes health equity, innovation, and diversity. If elected as Region 2 Director, my goal will be to work collaboratively with constituents and State Representatives to incorporate these values and address these challenges. I will bring the most pressing issues to the national level with AANP and will advocate for resources to assist us in achieving our goals at the local level. I ask for your vote for Region 2 Director.
2017-2019: National Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) - President. ANAC is a 2,700 member global organization serving nurses and other health care providers working with persons living with and at risk of HIV infection.
2018- International AIDS Conference Nursing Pre-Conference Co-Chair
2018-present: RWJ/Rutgers Health Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Committee
2018-present RWJ/Rutgers Health Policy and Legislative Committee Member
2017 - present HIV-AGE.org Guidelines Committee (Nurse Chair)
Over the next decade the primary challenge facing NPs continues to be the need for full practice authority in all states. Addressing this issue will impact the other challenges which include parity in reimbursement, and improvement in the educational systems that train the NP workforce. As our health system struggles with sociopolitical challenges, vulnerable populations continue to bear the consequences. Within Region 2, although we have made advances in addressing some practice barriers, it is vital that we continue to advocate for NPs within our region (and nationally) to be able to work to the fullest scope of our license without restrictions. With regard to improving the educational system for NPs, our profession is challenged with the proliferation of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. There is a growing need for appropriate training opportunities to guarantee that graduates are equipped to work in today’s complex health system. Although there has been great interest in NP training, educators and students are faced with finding appropriate clinical sites. Frontline clinicians are challenged with precepting students without institutional support or recognition. Addressing these issues and working to facilitate academic partnerships is critical for the continued growth and quality of our future workforce.
Through my work as the national President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) as well as my professional work as the Associate Dean for the Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at Rutgers, and Director of several innovative nurse practitioner-led programs, I have the experience and skills to effectively lead Region 2. Communication, vision, and the ability to build and foster teams are skills and talents that I have utilized successfully in my various positions. An example of this success, includes developing and envisioning an interprofessional team of clinicians and students working together in a nurse practitioner-led program that would address the health needs of the aging lesbian,gay,bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. With over $3 million dollars in funding, I was able to transform this vision into a reality. Establishing the first nurse practitioner-led interprofessional training program for the aging LGBT population, this program has served as a national model. This is one example that involved results-driven leadership, working with key stakeholders, enlisting the collaboration of community and academic partners, training students, and disseminating results nationally. As a visionary leader, I have been able to bring disparate groups together in order to achieve successful outcomes.
If elected, I would work towards advancing the AANP strategic plan by working closely with the Region 2 State Representatives in New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico to ensure that we are addressing the needs of our local constituents. I will work within the region to increase and support membership within AANP, assist New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico representatives to further the ability of nurse practitioners to remove practice barriers, and colaborate with colleagues to help develop future leaders within the region. During my tenure as the President of ANAC I helped develop a leadership training series to strengthen the succession of new leaders at the local and national levels and I would strive to achieve a similar goal for AANP. Additionally, as a clinician and educator who has worked in both New York and New Jersey, I am familiar with the practice and educational climate within both of these states and would work collaboratively with key stakeholders to support the practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership mission of AANP at the regional level.