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Region 4, I am seeking your vote as Director. For 10 years I have had the privilege of representing AANP in multiple roles to include: Chair of the FAANP Selection Committee, Fellow, AANP South Carolina State Representative, AANP Health Policy Committee member, AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence Recipient, and reviewer for The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. I have progressively served with professionalism while supporting the organization’s mission of empowering all NPs to advance quality health through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. A male WHNP role model, who has practiced greater than 25 years, my career demonstrates national recognition as leader of organizations and clinical practice teams, policy/practice regulator, and clinical / academic educator. I am seeking to continue serving and contributing to the vision of AANP toward removing barriers so that all NPs practice at the highest level of education, certification, and licensure.
Womens Health Medical Director
Past FAANP Chair Selection Committee AANP South Carolina State Representative / Liaison Chair South Carolina Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Committee Current Board of Directors: National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (ending 11/2023) Chair Columbia VA Health System APRN Committee Chair VHA VISN 7 (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina) APRN Committee Future No Leadership opportunities in plans outside of AANP Region 4 Director
I believe the biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next decade will be the ability to collectively demonstrate professional self-efficacy as fully competent providers as opposed to employees. Without this demonstration, NP providers will continue to be questioned as valid clinical/administrative scientists capable of globally contributing to the delivery of health care in parity with our physician colleagues. To assist in this challenge, AANP is in a unique position to foster a formal preceptorship program to offset the current deficiencies identified in role preparation which potentially contribute to decreased self-efficacy voiced by many of our novice colleagues.
Having been afforded the opportunity to serve in multiple leadership positions in organizations specific to nursing, advanced practice nursing and health care, one of the greatest skills that I possess is the ability to remain objective when presented with complex ethical dilemmas. This skill allows me to weigh the pros and cons of an issue before implementing strategies toward equitable outcome decisions. I also possess a keen understanding of the challenges APRNs face within health care and as professionals. Recognizing our broad professional challenges, I am fortunate to be well networked inter-collaboratively and have garnered the trust of colleagues who themselves are influential in practice, education, research, and health policy. One recent initiative that I believe exemplifies these skills of fairness and trust, resulted in the blinding of sponsors names from the applications of candidates seeking Fellowship into AANP. This important change in the selection process prohibits committee members from knowing who the sponsors are, thus eliminating a potential bias which could alter application review decisions.
If elected, I propose to continue the sustained and progressive support of AANPs mission that I have demonstrated while serving as the State Representative / Liaison for South Carolina over 4 elected terms. The past 8 years have allowed me to collaborate with numerous AANP State Representative / Liaisons while also working with Region Directors, AANP Board of Directors members, AANP Executive Leadership, and AANP staff in striving to advance the NP profession. I look forward to this opportunity.