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Sheryl Mitchell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Candidate for Nomination Council (Incumbent)

Sheryl Mitchell

Campaign Message:

I am seeking re-election to the Nomination Council. As a nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in practice and education, I have been involved with AANP since 2008, beginning as a conference assistant and currently serving as the Chair of the Nomination Council. I am committed to AANP’s mission and believe my continued service on the Nomination Council will advance AANP and our profession by recruiting and vetting diverse members. I will continue to use my leadership skills to increase interest and engagement in AANP. I will promote AANP’s core values of integrity, excellence, professionalism, service, and leadership. I will collaborate with Nomination Council members, AANP staff, and organizational leaders. It would be a privilege to continue to serve on the Nomination Council to advance AANP and our profession.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Clinical Professor and Department Chair

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

I have had diverse leadership experiences at the local, state, and national levels. • AANP Nomination Council, Chair (2023-present) • University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Department Chair, Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership (2023-present) • AANP National Conference Planning Committee, Member(2022-present) • AANP Nomination Council, Secretary (2021-2023) • University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Graduate Director of DNP, MSN, PMCGS programs (2021-2022) • Coalition for Access to Health Care, Treasurer (2011-2022) • University of South Carolina Faculty Welfare Committee, Chair (2022-2023) • University of South Carolina Faculty Welfare Committee, co-Chair (2021-2022) • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Determinants of Health Special Interest Group, co-founder and chair (2021-2022) • South Carolina Nurses Association APRN Chapter Vice Chair (2020-2021) • South Carolina Nurses Association Board of Directors, President-Elect (2020-2020) In addition to these leadership experiences, I also serve on the University of South Carolina’s Professional Track Faculty Committee, the South Carolina Board of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Committee, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Diversity Committee, and the National Black Nurses Association Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity. I plan to remain engaged in these organizations during the next two years.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

Healthcare is rapidly changing. Therefore, there is a convergence of challenges facing nurse practitioners (NPs) in the delivery of healthcare over the next decade. The COVID-19 pandemic heightened awareness of the challenges of delivering high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. Many NPs continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Barriers to Full Practice Authority (FPA) and access to healthcare remain ongoing challenges. Frequent technological advances require the attention of NPs. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), the development of telehealth tools, resulting laws, and ethical issues will impact the delivery of healthcare over the next decade. AANP can strategically address the convergence of these challenges through AANP’s PEARL (practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership). There must be a continuous examination of barriers to practice and access to healthcare. AANP must continue to advocate for NPs at the federal level and provide support and resources for states seeking FPA. AANP Conferences and the CE Center should provide continuing education opportunities related to AI, telehealth tools, laws and regulations, and ethical cases that can impact NPs’ abilities to incorporate these technological advances into practice and serve as leaders. Further, the wellness of NPs as a collective should be considered.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My leadership and professional skills have developed through participation in leadership and fellowship programs. I was a member of the AANP 2016 Leadership Program, cohort 2. I completed the American Nurses Association Advocacy Institute and the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship at the University of South Carolina (USC). These experiences have provided me with diverse leadership and professional skills, including, communication, active listening, critical thinking, collaboration, relationship building, leading teams, leading change, innovation, and integrity. My leadership and professional skills have been used in the academic setting and to lead professional organizations. In the academic environment, I have mentored faculty and students and revised curriculum as the Assistant Dean and Director of the FNP program. My leadership has resulted in state and national presentations for faculty and students and an outstanding certification pass rate for FNP students. Also, I was a co-founder of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Determinants of Health (DOH) Special Interest Group (SIG). The DOH SIG provides NP faculty with resources to address determinants of health in the NP curriculum. and a symposium was provided to NP faculty in 2023 to teach faculty how to incorporate the determinants of health into the curriculum.

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

I am seeking a second term on the Nomination Council (NC), which is charged with recruiting, interviewing, and reviewing candidates. Advancing AANP’s mission and strategic plan requires communication and collaboration with members, staff, and organizational leaders. It requires building national and state relationships to generate interest in AANP and a willingness to serve the organization and profession. As a result of serving one term on NC, I am aware of the current need for elected positions. I will provide innovative ideas for recruiting members with the expertise to advance AANP’s mission and strategic plan. I will collaborate with NC members to review the nomination and vetting processes to ensure we retain integrity in these processes. Integrity is essential in the processes, as it is one of AANP’s core values. I can contribute to advancing AANP’s mission and strategic plan by utilizing my leadership, communication, and advocacy skills, through active engagement on the Nomination Council and sharing my experience as an AANP member. I can share with members and potential members the impact that AANP has had on my practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. Additionally, my prior professional and academic leadership experiences provide me with expertise in PEARL.