Theresa Brown, MSN, ACNP-BC, AACC, FAANP

Candidate for Region 9 Director

Campaign Message:

It would be a privilege to serve as your next AANP Region 9 Director. I have served as the AANP Southern California State Representative for the past eight years. I have been a member of the AANP Awards Committee for the past five years and currently serve as Chair of the committee. NPs are gaining momentum as we work with stakeholders, build relationships with our legislators and educate the public on the role of the nurse practitioner. Our evolving health care system is providing tremendous opportunities to advance our profession. I am committed to continuing this forward momentum to take advantage of these opportunities. It is more important than ever for NPs to have a strong voice. I am eager to serve, unify and empower NPs during this time. I would be honored to serve as your AANP Region 9 Director.

Candidate for AANP Region 9 Director

Current Professional Position

Nurse Practitioner.

AANP/ACNP Leadership Experience

For the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to serve as the Southern California State Representative for the AANP, until I was termed out in 2020. I have participated in and attended the AANP National Conferences, Health Policy Conferences and Regional Invitational Leadership meetings. I have represented AANP at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) Annual Conference and CANP's Lobby Day. I have provided AANP presentations to CANP chapters, UCLA advanced practice nursing students and at health policy conferences. I facilitated communication and networking between AANP and our California members and organizations that support the practice of nurse practitioners. Since 2015, I have served on the AANP Awards Committee and was appointed as the Chair of this committee in July 2020. I am a past president of the CANP and have been a member of their Health Policy and Practice Committee for the past seven years, serving as the AANP national liaison. I am the Program Coordinator for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care program at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this role, I lead the AGACNP faculty in the coordination of curriculum development in the clinical courses, evaluation of those courses and their application to clinical practice.

Biggest Challenge Facing NPs and How AANP Can Help

I think the biggest challenge is obtaining full practice authority in every state. In California, I have been involved in four scope of practice bills since the first one was introduced in 2007, 13 years ago. Although we have made incremental changes to expand the scope of practice, we have yet to achieve full practice authority for all nurse practitioners. We must continue to advocate for full and direct access to nurse practitioners and emphasize the high-quality care nurse practitioners provide. We must maintain a political presence so as not to lose the achievements nurse practitioners have gained at both the state and federal levels. We must continue to educate our colleagues and students on the importance of advocacy through membership and involvement in our national organization. We must use awareness campaigns and marketing strategies to continue to educate the public about our role and the care we provide.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

I have held leadership positions that have afforded me opportunities to share ideas, formulate plans and set and accomplish goals. I have created a clear professional role identity as the sole nurse practitioner in my clinical practice. I support education in the profession and have been a catalyst in bridging the gap between my clinical practice as a cardiology nurse practitioner and translating that knowledge and experience into an educational format for advanced practice registered nurses. I promote active communication with our patients and all health care groups, adhere to evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes in my clinical setting and leverage my knowledge and expertise in my cardiovascular practice into the education of our students. My leadership and professional skills led to my induction as an Associate of the American College of Cardiology and as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. My contributions to health policy have led to active collaboration with stakeholders resulting in incremental legislative changes to advance the nurse practitioner profession in California. My leadership roles at CANP and AANP, and my involvement in the American College of Cardiology, have been instrumental in establishing connections, creating partnerships and strengthening alliances across a variety of stakeholders.

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

I support advocacy for legislative and regulatory change at the state and national levels. I will continue to strengthen the public image of the nurse practitioner, work towards advancing the nurse practitioner profession, promote professional growth and increase nurse practitioner visibility through coalition building, marketing, lobbying and education. I will continue to promote the development of strategic partnerships, build strong alliances and work to advance the nurse practitioner profession.