My name is Robin Arends, and I am running for Region 8 Director because I want to serve as your voice on the AANP Board of Directors. I have a track record of inclusive leadership as demonstrated by bringing leaders together from diverse backgrounds to pass full practice authority legislation. We will strengthen our AANP team by bringing more members to the table to achieve our common goals and values. We will continue to communicate our value to patients and decision-makers by allowing every member of our team to have a role in this process. If elected, my goals are to renew a shared commitment to promote our profession, determine more meaningful opportunities for team member participation, and provide optimal care for our patients. I will promote our profession and find innovative ways to share best practices, ideas, and tools. I am asking for your vote as Region 8 Director.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Certified Nurse Practitioner
I have served the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), my state organization, and my healthcare system in many leadership capacities. I was elected as the AANP South Dakota State Representative in 2015 and continue to serve in this role. I am currently serving as the chair of the AANP Telehealth Expert Panel. I have been a member of the Health Policy Conference Planning Committee since 2018. In addition to these activities, I am a manuscript peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and an abstract reviewer for the AANP National Conference. I served on the Fellows Website Update Committee which updated the Fellows portion of the new AANP website. Within the state organization, I am currently serving as the Executive Director for the organization after previously serving on the Board of Directors. I represent the nurse practitioner organization on the South Dakota APRN Coalition. I also serve on the South Dakota Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Advisory Board and as the Board of Nursing representative on the South Dakota Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Board. Within my healthcare organization, I was appointed to serve on the Advanced Practice Provider Advisory Board.
The biggest challenge facing NPs in the delivery of health care is ensuring patients have access to high-quality healthcare provided by nurse practitioners and that nurse practitioners are able to meet the needs of the population they serve in an ever changing healthcare environment. Over the coming decade, AANP and nurse practitioners will need to work to ensure that legislation and policies at the federal, state, and local levels do not impede access to care or needlessly increase healthcare costs. Rather, we need to launch initiatives intended to provide all patients with the opportunity to receive care from NP’s. Additionally, misleading information about the care nurse practitioners provide creates confusion for patients and breaks down communication with colleagues leading to ineffective healthcare delivery. Students need to be prepared to use evidence-based care and exercise confidence and competence in their abilities upon graduation. Partnering with nurse practitioners at each policy level can enhance change to improve healthcare and access to care. AANP can partner with academic and certifying bodies to ensure that the academic preparation of nurse practitioners is enabling them to meet the needs of the populations they serve.
I am a servant leader who wants to give back to my profession through service at the state and national level. Because I know that the strength of the team achieves goals and outcomes, I value each member of the team by including them in the process to the maximum extent possible and recognize the valuable skills and strengths each person brings. I seek to ensure every member who wants to participate is empowered from the beginning in order to maximize their potential to succeed. I understand that partnerships and coalitions are key to the success of initiatives. In addition, I am a hard worker who does not expect more of others than I do of myself. I value open and honest communication to build trust and resolve misunderstandings. I am not afraid of challenges and strive to accomplish goals. An example of an outcome from use of these leadership skills is the attainment of full practice authority in South Dakota. Serving as one of the nurse practitioner leaders in this initiative provided me with the understanding of coalition building, communication, perseverance, and hard work.
I support the AANP Mission as it is through each of these pillars that patient care is enhanced and population health is improved. I support full and unrestricted access to the high-quality healthcare nurse practitioners provide. It is through education and research that we are able to improve population health and gain new knowledge and skills to meet the needs of future generations. Healthcare is ever changing, and it is important that nurse practitioners have the knowledge and skills to meet current and future healthcare needs. Through my knowledge in each of these areas, I would use personal experience as well as the expertise of the nurse practitioners in our region. Our region has many nurse practitioners who contribute to the success of the profession and the organization. I would seek out additional members who want to contribute and use their strengths to promote nurse practitioners through each area. It is through the unique skills and talents of the nurse practitioners in our region that we will be successful.