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Family Nurse Practitioner
At such a critical time, I feel compelled to join the fight as a strong advocate for change. The future of NPs is bright but at the same time also face many challenges. NPs are providing high quality care in acute, specialty, and primary care locations. But one of the biggest challenges facing NPs is to remove barriers and secure full and direct access to all patients to NP care. There are many peer reviewed studies that prove no significant differences in outcomes when compared to physician care. We know that NP care contributes to improved patient outcomes. NPs are making their clients satisfied and safe by delivering high quality care, but we must remove the scope-of practice barriers. As an organization we need to continue to educate the public about the role of NPs as health care providers. We as NPs need to participate in as many opportunities where we can have NP presence and involvement in community events.
I have prepared myself for a position of leadership by serving in many leadership and management roles over my 13-year nursing career. I have gained leadership knowledge beginning with my time at the bedside, through my education, through various leadership positions, and with involvement in community/professional organizations. I have held numerous elected and volunteer positions in local, state, and national organizations. I also would bring the characteristics that I hold dear in my actions as a leader, including honesty, integrity, transparency, empathy, consistency and effective communication.
I feel that I am uniquely positioned to not only understand the challenges but to offer innovative ideas and creative solutions to address the problems both NPs and patients face today. I feel we need to have a strong voice and raise up our profession with pride to the highest level and I will make sure those voices are heard and valued.
While managing the Occupational Health Clinics at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, I implemented practices to change the daily processing of PR-2s and DWC-25s. Through education and training, I was able to modify our return-to-work process and in return decrease the number of lost days recorded for both of our properties.
We need to identify, cultivate & motivate members throughout the nation to participate & engage in AANP. We need to advance our organization by reaching out to NP students and get them involved. I feel this is important as these students are the future of our organization. I wish we would focus on inserting ourselves into NP programs throughout the states. I think we need to unite and educate the students when they are just starting NP school. We should offer more incentives for students. We need to encourage talented, passionate, and optimistic NPs to join AANP and promote the NP profession.
I feel that I am the right candidate for this position because of my wide range of experiences in various settings. I have always encouraged new and seasoned NPs to not only join our organization but become active in committees and elected positions. We need to mentor new members, as we further strengthen the value of our profession and continue the foundation of our previous NP leaders.