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Valerie Fuller, PhD, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP

Candidate for President-Elect

Valerie Fuller

Campaign Message:

As a candidate for President-elect of AANP, I bring a diverse set of leadership skills and experiences to the role. I have served on boards of local, state, and national nursing organizations and been formally recognized for my service and leadership contributions. Each of these experiences has made me a better leader and given me additional insight into board governance, fiduciary responsibilities, and strategic planning. My service to AANP as the Region 1 Director and as a State Representative has further enhanced my understanding of this organization and its members. As an NP clinician, educator, and regulator, I understand the issues that affect our practice and will work tirelessly to promote the profession and AANP. I am prepared to serve and respectfully ask for your vote as President-elect. Thank you.


Current Professional Position

I have worked in the Department of Surgery at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine for the last 20 years. In addition, I have served as the APRN member and Board President of the Maine State Board of Nursing for the past 13 years.

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

Leadership experiences - 2021-2023 • American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Region 1 Director and Board Member • Editorial Board - The Journal for Nurse Practitioners • Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Fellows Selection Committee • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Board Liaison to the Health Policy Committee • American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Board Liaison to the Nurse Practitioner Education and Sustainment Committee • American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Chair of the Nurse Practitioner Education and Sustainment Committee • Maine State Board of Nursing - Board President and APRN Member • National Council of State Boards of Nursing - Board of Directors, Region IV Director Current and Future Leadership Opportunities - I recently received a gubernatorial reappointment to the Maine State Board of Nursing and will continue to engage in my regulatory work as the APRN member and Board President. Over the next two years I hope to assume the role of President-elect and then President of AANP. My diverse experiences, education and background have prepared me well to uphold the mission of AANP in advancing accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality healthcare for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

One of AANPs core values is that of integrity. When I reflect on the meaning of this word, I think of a state of being whole, complete and undivided. As Nurse Practitioners, we face numerous challenges in maintaining the integrity of our profession; the lack of full and direct access to Nurse Practitioners in all states, respect and recognition of the role, and barriers which limit care, whether it be signature recognition, parity in compensation, empanelment with insurance providers or other. We also face assaults to our integrity from organized medicine and others who seek to diminish or distract from our role by promoting erroneous, derogatory and misleading information. Continuing to push for full practice authority in all states remains a priority for the organization, as does the collection and dissemination of data on the high-quality, cost-effective and person-centered care that Nurse Practitioners provide. We must work with our colleagues in education, accreditation, certification and regulation to ensure that quality Nurse Practitioner education and the highest standards of practice, are being upheld. Lastly, we must be sitting at the table with legislators, practice partners and influential stakeholders who shape our profession, health care delivery systems and the public agenda.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

My leadership style has always been that of a servant leader. I am deeply committed to the organizations and people I serve. One example is the initiative to pass global signature authority while president of my state NP organization. NPs in the state were having intermittent issues signing paperwork related to patient care. To address this concern, I drafted, lobbied and testified on legislation to allow NPs to sign, certify, verify or endorse medical papers and records. The legislation successfully passed into law providing streamlined, efficient care for patients and removing an unnecessary barrier to NP-provided care. As a candidate for president-elect, I bring a diverse set of leadership skills and experiences to the role. I have served on boards of local, state and national nursing organizations and been formally recognized for my service and leadership contributions. Each of these experiences has made me a better leader and given me additional insight into board governance, fiduciary responsibilities and strategic planning. As an NP clinician, educator and regulator, I understand the issues that affect our practice and will work tirelessly to promote the profession and this organization. I am prepared to serve and respectfully ask for your vote. Thank you.

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

If elected, I will work with all AANP members and stakeholders to advance the mission and goals of the organization. Full and direct access to Nurse Practitioners remains a priority. The lack of access to care, particularly in rural and underserved communities, remains at an unprecedented high. As an organization we must continue to engage with our state and federal legislators to reduce barriers to NP-provided care and promote awareness campaigns demonstrating that Full Practice Authority is associated with better health outcomes, an increase in the NP workforce, and improved access to care. Diversification of our NP workforce and membership is also a priority in order understand the issues and needs of our patients, our communities, and the profession. I will work closely with state and federal affairs to encourage policy makers and other decision makers to invest in NP education and training and to facilitate direct reimbursement for NP-delivered care. Lastly, I pledge to continuously improve and strategically develop member resources, programs, and policies to keep AANP at the forefront of NP practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership.