Maria Kidner, APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP

Candidate for Region 8 Director

Campaign Message:

I, Maria Kidner, am seeking your vote for AANP Region 8 Director. I have the time to dedicate to be the voice of our rural states. I have past experience and policy knowledge from my several years as State Representative to AANP and teaching health policy for Duke University. I was the third DNP in Wyoming and had to fight for title protection. I have worked in a Critical Care Access, an independent NP clinic, and as a Cardiac NP giving me first-hand knowledge and experience of rural NPs. I believe AANP should be our voice to the Federal government, yet it is all our responsibilities to be a fierce advocate for the NP role and our patients. I have a passion to help NPs understand role transition, professional identity and personal leadership. My personal vision statement is: “Inspire curiosity, mentor courage and work together to surpass possibilities." Thank you.

Current Professional Position

Consultant and Educator

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

Locally, I sit on the board for the St. Mary’s Parish Nursing program (2011-current). On a state level, I am a board member to the Wyoming Council of Advanced Practice Nurse where I am the legislative liaison (2013-2014 and 2015 to current). In Oct 2017 I was asked to become the Integrative Care director and build a new program to bring primary care to a Wyoming mental health facility. Within this role, I worked with staff to change the organizational structure to horizontal to break silos and build bridges. Due to lack of funding, this role was eliminated. In 2018 I was selected as one of three healthcare providers for Leadership Wyoming (a year of training). Nationally, I have represented Wyoming to AANP 2008-2013 and 2015-current, plus I sit on the leadership team for the AANP International Specialty group. Lastly, in 2019 I launched my own LEAP leadership, LLC dedicated to mentoring nurses through role transition, professional identity formation and leadership training from bedside to boardroom. This company has a focus on the international APN.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

In our rural states, a major challenge remains the unknown role of the NP by laypeople and legislators. Many people still do not understand the FPA, the skills, knowledge and education of the NP. Another challenge is the NPs themselves. It appears that inspiring NPs to be advocate, share their voice to impact policy on the local, state, and national level to be difficult. Inspiring curiosity in NPs to find the courage, time and dedication to fulfill the advocacy role is paramount if we are going to become our best. Within Wyoming, a major challenge is the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and their strict interpretation and extrapolation of the Consensus model in their strive to be the first in the country to implement changes. This has created challenges and emotions in finding clearly articulated solutions and a close evaluation of downstream impacts. AANP can impact rural states through assistance on community, TV, local PBS, radio campaigns on NPs. Providing inspiration can come from presentations, mentor-ships, leadership programs, and creative ideas we have not developed yet! AANP is already available for state activities and support concerning legislative and law issues.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I am the founder and CEO of LEAP Leadership, LLC. While in Guyana, South America in 2004; Rwanda, Africa in 2014; and Vietnam 2015 I was struck by the number of nurses who said they were not leaders. From 2014 to 2019 I develop LEAP leadership that focuses on the four pillars of: Leadership, Engagement (communication), Accountability, and Professionalism (Professional identity and being a professional nurse). The philosophy is built upon Servitude, Transformational, Quantum, and Values leadership and uses Patricia Brenners’ Novice to Expert as the theoretical frame. I believe that every nurse is a leader and leadership should be taught in school and at the bedside/clinic to prepare NPs for formal roles. I believe that each person should have a personal strategic plan along with every committee, team, project and organizations. Stated values are critical to establishing behavior. I teach and mentor APN role transition and professional identity developing and leadership to nurses and hospital staff. With this project, we have taught over 200 Rwandan nurses and the University of Rwanda School of Nursing and Muhima Hospital (A Maternal Child facility) have requested training for the entire staff. The training manuals are now in publication process.

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

This mission statement of AANP is rich and powerful. Empowering NPs to understand their importance to self, patient, practice, family, community, and globally is critical. I believe I can help NPs through my formal presentations at local, state and national conferences on empowerment and professional identity development. I lead by example, thus there is a personal responsibility to model advancing quality healthcare through practice, education advocacy, research and leadership. I enjoy reaching out and developing new stakeholder and advance relationships built on trust and integrity. With review of the AANP strategic plan, I am best matched with my skills and passion to be a key person working on Goal B across the entire stated strategy platform. I have a passion for creativity and complex projects, especially those that are outside the box. With the combination of my LEAP Leadership and teaching Health Policy for Duke University, I believe I will be an asset to the AANP in participating in innovation projects that can reach, support and empower NPs around the world.