My name is Kathy Woodruff and I am an adult nurse practitioner. As a nurse, I have served as an educator, provider and researcher, but the primary focus of my career is always nursing. I am fortunate and proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this caring profession. Over time, I have watched the role of nurse practitioners evolve while we remain steadfast in our core ethics, principals and values. Early in my professional career, I identified the importance and power of professional organizations. AANP is an incredible platform for nurse practitioners, I look forward to continuing to serve on the Nomination Council. I am dedicated to give my best in this role and I understand the opportunity and responsibility. Serving on the Nomination Council has granted me the opportunity to support the growth of AANP and the profession I have dedicated my life to serving.
Clinical Associate Professor.
In 2018, I was elected to the AANP Nominations Council. This has been an extremely rewarding position. I have grown in my understanding of the organization and have been able to contribute on a variety of projects. I have been an active member in my state nurse practitioner association since becoming an NP in 1988. I have served on multiple committees with the most recent being the legislative committee. I served as the co-chair of the legislative committee in 2015. In 2016 I became the chair of the legislative committee. I stepped down from this leadership role in 2018 after being elected to the AANP Nominations Council.
The biggest challenge facing NPs continues to be obtaining full practice authority (FPA) in all 50 states. NPs should work to educate legislators, fellow health care providers and consumers on the depth and breadth of NP education and the importance of FPA. This is an issue for all NPs, not just NPs seeking to achieve FPA; laws can be changed. Legislative change can result in progress or regression, necessitating a united approach. Stakeholders need to understand the NP role in health care. As a professional organization, working to define educational expectations for entry into practice is essential. Whether it be the DNP or the MSN, we as a profession understand that the role and clinical preparation of the NP as a provider does not differ. Although, we may understand that the clinical preparation of the NP as a provider does not differ with a doctoral degree, for the legislators, health care providers and consumers, this is confusing. Through our unity and clear messaging on this and other issues, we can help to educate the public and elected officials, providing the momentum needed to advance NPs in our push for FPA in all 50 states and US territories.
I believe that transformational leadership style best describes my approach to management. It is a style that lends itself to building and sustaining effective teams. The goal is to promote change thorough fostering motivation, stimulating intellectual growth and considering individual idea/opinions. I believe that through this style of leadership the team can be empowered and motivated to embrace challenging situations. The leader functions as a change agent focused on engaging the group. In my role as chair of the NPAM legislative committee, I worked to establish an independent NP lobby night at our state capital. Historically, the lobby night was shared with the state nursing organization and, as our NP role developed, the types of issues presented to the groups became more diverse. By focusing on team building and empowering the group, these initial events were successful and continue today.
The mission and goals of AANP are ones in which I work to promote and embody as a professional. I see it as my responsibility as an educator, practitioner, and member of my professional organizations to actively engage in issues related to healthcare and nursing. As an educator, I share with my NP students the importance and role of professional organizations. As an advocate for fair and accessible healthcare, I will continue to work alongside my state and national organization on behalf of my community and profession. As a current member of the Nominations Council, I have had the honor of forwarding the mission and goals of AANP by assisting in the process of recruiting and vetting AANP members to participate in leadership positions. As a member of the nominations council I have contributed to addressing key issues within our organization. Specifically, we have been working to increase member engagement in regards to voting, encourage members to consider leadership roles, and expand the diversity of the organization at all levels. If I am reelected, I will continue this important work that we as a committee and organization have identified as essential to staying true to our mission and plan.