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Robert Metzger, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-BC

Candidate for Region 6 Director

Robert Metzger

Campaign Message:

I ask for your support in seeking election as Region 6 Director. Through roles as a clinical practitioner, leader, policy advocate, educator, and researcher, I have been a champion for advanced practice nursing. I have and continue to demonstrate leadership through multiple executive and committee positions at the institutional, local, state, and national levels. In political initiatives advocating for nurse practitioners, I promote the goals of AANP. In the mentoring of nurses at multiple levels and the education of other stakeholders regarding healthcare policy, I advocate and encourage the advancement of our profession. By these endeavors, I demonstrate that I am a well qualified individual for the Region 6 Director position and for serving on the AANP Board of Directors.

Current Professional Position

Director of Advanced Practice

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I served on the AANP Nomination Council for the past 6 years, serving as chair for 2 of these years. I currently serve as the Administrator for the North Texas Nurse Practitioners, where I oversee in a non-paid position, the day to day operations of our local group of over 500 members. Additionally, I serve on the Texas Nurse Practitioners nomination committee and DEI committee. I am one of the founding members of the American Association of Advanced Practice Leaders (AAAPL) organization and an advisory board member for Nurses Service Organization. My future goals include serving as Region 6 Director to gain board experience with AANP in hopes to someday hold an officer position for AANP.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The biggest challenge facing NPs is the ability to practice to the full extent of our education. AANP assists states in achieving this goal by providing them research from other states who gained full practice authority. Additionally, they can provide the data showing the excellent outcomes achieved by NPs as expert providers. AANP must recognize that each state must pursue initiatives that will work within their local legislatures. In doing so, they can assist them with writing bills that align as best possible with AANP's full practice definition that can hopefully pass and lead to additional states with FPA. .

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I am well organized, a planner, and focused on detail. This allows me to accomplish projects in a timely fashion. I utilized these skills when refining the AANP Nomination Council policies, as well as those for Texas Nurse Practitioners and North Texas Nurse Practitioners to improve our organizational structuring. I believe in listening to everyone's ideas, which helps build others innovation. My strong work as a leader helps to bring these ideas to fruition. I am a huge advocate for NPs and am willing to take risks when needed to improve our profession. Collaboration is key to any leadership. Leaders are only as strong as their teams and relationships. Through collaboration, I aligned with the Texas Association of Physician Assistants on a Schedule II bill. This bill was able to get through the House health committee and floor vote but failed in the Senate. I gained great leadership skills through the AANP Leadership Program which taught me servant, transformational leadership and coaching skills. I have vast leadership skills through service in many other organizations, including Texas Nurse Practitioners President, TNP Board service for 8 years, multiple TNP committee positions, as well as past-president for North Texas Nurse Practitioners.

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

By serving as Region 6 Director, I will strive to advance AANP's mission in the following ways: - Follow the policies and procedures of AANP to help elevate achievement of our goals of practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. - Educate the public about the high-quality care provided by NPs and improve our visibility. - Continue advocating for full practice authority in all 50 states, especially those within Region 6 where it is needed most. - Demonstrate professionalism and the standards of AANP in service on executive and committee leadership positions at the institutional, local, state, and national levels. - Promote DEI initiatives to assure we represent our members and also the populations we serve. (I served on the initial AANP Diversity Committee)