My name is Nycole Oliver, and I am interested in AANP’s Nomination Council. I have worked on several state and national committees and would like to be more involved at the national level. The Nomination Council would allow me to increase my NP network and give me more resources and opportunities I would not otherwise have, which would allow me to expand my work on a bigger scale to advocate for NPs and NP practice. My publications and presentations are an enduring contribution to the body of knowledge for APRNs by bringing the most recent evidence-based guidelines to light for practice updates, setting the tone for future practice. I would like to be able to offer my knowledge and experiences to AANP. I would be honored to serve on the Nomination Council. I feel my vast experience in advanced practice will contribute greatly and will help evolve the profession.
The biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next 10 years is NPs being able to practice to the full extent of their education and training. We have made great strides as a profession. Although half of the U.S. has worked hard to fight for and gain full practice authority, the other half still has this hurdle to jump over. AANP has been instrumental in assisting states with this challenge, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I would like to see AANP more involved at the state levels, like being present at legislative meetings to give statements from our premier NP national organization. Some states need a little more assistance convincing lawmakers, and visible support from the national level could speak volumes.
As a leader, I display initiative, compassion, confidence, responsibility and a positive attitude. I have worked on several national committees, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)’s Item Writing and Exam Development Committees. I wrote and reviewed exam questions for the Adult Acute Care NP examination, which will bring the most up-to-date information in order to analyze knowledge of incoming NPs in order to determine readiness for licensure and subsequent advanced nursing practice in the acute care setting, such as the ED. I have also been working on ENA’s Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice advisory council since 2018. I was elected as Chair of ENAP for 2019 and was also selected for EN19 Conference APRN Planning Committee. During my tenure as ENAP Chair, a Position Statement for APRNs in the Emergency Department was released by ENA, Emergency Nurse Practitioner Competencies were completed, and a conglomerate of professional organization stakeholders for APRNs in the ED was formed. The first annual meeting of these stakeholders is set for November of 2020. For EN19, I set up pre-session labs and launched the first DNP Panel Discussion at ENA National Conference, which was hugely successful.
If elected, one of my main goals is to advance the AANP mission and strategic plan. I have made a lasting impact on the future of nursing and advanced practice through defining the APRN role at my facility; being awarded nationally for my achievements; speaking at local, state, national and international NP conferences; advocating for NP practice in my state and nationally; performing research bringing the most recent evidence-based guidelines to light in order to set the tone for future practice; and serving on committees at the national level. I would like to empower other NPs to do the same. Also if elected, to advance AANP’s strategic plan, I would be able to advocate to remove practice barriers for NPs, increase advocacy of NP participation in leadership roles, proliferate support of the profession and assist with expansion of AANP resources for its members. This can be accomplished by educating the public about the NP role, rallying NPs at the grassroots level, examining barriers to NP reimbursement and encouraging extension of educational resources and leadership opportunities in AANP. I have been actively working on these advancements, but a position at the national level would help increase my ability.