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Samantha Paradis, MPH, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP

Candidate for Nomination Council

Samantha Paradis

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Biographical Statement
Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Staff provider- Admissions Team

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

In December 2021, I was invited to join the board of directors for the Maine Women’s Lobby. The Maine Women’s Lobby works to build gender justice in Maine through legislative advocacy and systems change. I serve on the governance committee, which focuses on governance oversight, board membership and composition, board education, board culture, and policies. Over the last five years, the organization has been evolving to address gender justice more broadly and equitably. As a board, we are engaged in an anti-racist journey to ensure equity among the board members and those we serve. In our board recruitment process, we sought out a diverse applicant pool. We continually review our policies and procedures to ensure they are equitable and reflect the intended work. I am completing a doctor of nurse practice program at Frontier Nursing University. I was recently elected to represent my class on the student council. I also serve on the customer service council for Farm Credit East. My spouse and I own a woodlot in Northern Maine, financed by Farm Credit East. I do not plan to apply for additional leadership opportunities in the next two years.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

This is a difficult question because there are so many challenges ahead for nurse practitioners and the healthcare system. From climate change to technological advances, I think the next decade will bring significant system-level change that has the potential to improve the care we provide and change the way we deliver care. I would have to say the biggest challenge NPs face is the continued fight to ensure full practice authority across the country. AANP is already well-positioned to continue this advocacy. It seems the wave of states enacting full-practice laws is here. Allowing nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training will be a massive step in improving health disparities in under-resourced areas.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

In 2017, I was elected mayor of Belfast, Maine. I knocked on 2,500 doors during my campaign to meet voters at their homes, listen to their concerns, and ask for their votes. After I was elected, I utilized my leadership strengths to advocate for creating a municipal climate change committee. The city council voted to create the committee, and six to eight community members who had communicated interest to me were selected to serve. The diverse group got to work right away at addressing ways the coastal city could mitigate and adapt to climate change. I lead with integrity and empathy. I believe that we cannot achieve our goals without the support of a team or constituency.

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

If elected, I would help to advance AANP’s mission and strategic plan by helping to ensure diverse representation on the board of directors. I would do this by working with the nomination council to develop a qualified slate of qualified candidates for elected positions within AANP. I enjoy working as a team to review nominations for elected office. As a member of the governance committee for the Maine Women’s Lobby, I have experience building a slate of candidates for board positions. Our board must be reflective of our diverse constituency as nurse practitioners. Having diverse representation on the board allows for informed decisions on behalf of nurse practitioners around the country who are providing accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care.