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Associate Professor and Director of FNP Program.
Providing health care has become an increasingly complex endeavor requiring that nurse practitioners are prepared to provide care to increasingly complicated patients. During the next decade, NPs will increasingly use artificial intelligence and technology to provide care. NPs will encounter ethical dilemmas and have to manage social implications resulting from artificial intelligence. They will be required to continue to provide high-quality care as technology disrupts the health care model. Our national organization must continue to address health care trends to adequately prepare nurse practitioners. AANP must continue to advocate to have nurse practitioners at the table for health care discussions and technology development.
My greatest strengths as a leader include being an effective communicator, an excellent listener, dedicated and working as a team player. These skills have provided me the opportunity to serve in several leadership positions. I began participating in SCNA’s APRN chapter and volunteered to serve on SCNA’s Peer Assistance Program in Nursing (PAPIN) Steering Committee in 2009. The PAPIN Steering Committee oversees support groups for nurses in recovery. As a member of the Committee, articles were written to discuss and educate nursing and the public about nurses with addiction Involvement in this committee, lead to being asked to serve on SCNA’s Board of Directors. I began serving on the board in 2011 and presently remain on the board. My focus since 2011 has been nursing legislation influencing the practice of approximately 50,000 nurses. I also focused on APRN legislation impacting the practice of approximately 3,000 SC NPs, CNS and CNMs. I continue to serve as treasurer of the CAHC. I am working to ensuring the full implementation of S.345 as well as the ongoing education of legislators. I continue to advocate for full practice authority once the full implementation of S.345 occurs and we have measurable outcomes. I continue to serve on SCNA’s convention planning committee and participate in the APRN Chapter
The Nomination Council is responsible for developing a slate of qualified candidates for elected positions. The candidates should have experience and qualities that promote the mission of AANP to empower all nurse practitioners to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership. If elected, I will seek to identify diverse, qualified candidates who have demonstrated experience advocating for removing barriers to practice. I will strive to identify candidates who have experience with grassroots efforts. I will seek to identify candidates with leadership characteristics and qualities that align with the mission of AANP and the strategic plan.