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Whitney Thornton, DNP-C, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C,BSN-RN,BSPH

Candidate for Nomination Council

Whitney Thornton

Campaign Message:

As an AANP board certified nurse practitioner, I strive to support and equip fellow NPs with the knowledge and skills they need to provide high quality care to their patients. This can be achieved through advocacy, health policy, and breaking down practice barriers that prevent us from providing patients with the care they deserve. Expanding the publics knowledge about the role of an NP is more important now than ever given the impeding silver tsunami that will affect our healthcare system. If elected, I will work with other AANP members to continue the organization’s mission to advance our profession well into the future.

Biographical Statement
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Curriculum Vitae

Current Professional Position

Gastroenterology nurse practitioner

Leadership Experience in the Past Three Years

2023-2024 Social Mission Alliance - Health Justice Council 2023-Duke University School of Nursing Invited Speaker Topic: Veterans Affairs Nursing as a career 2023-Duke University School of Nursing Invited Panelist Topic: Navigating Nurse Practitioner School 2021-present Emory University Alumni Interviewer • Interviewed applicants to Emory University and Oxford College to assess their fit for the schools • Provide post-interview write ups to the admissions committee to supplement students’ applications 2021-2022-Spinal cord injury whole health meditation team member- national mandate 2021-2022-Spinal cord injury 1GF unit morale boosting coordinator 2021-2022-Nurse chart auditor- Veterans Affairs I plan to apply to the nominations council.

Biggest Challenge Facing Nurse Practitioners and How AANP Can Help

The biggest problem facing NPs in the delivery of health care over the next decade is an increasing aging population also known as the silver tsunami. It has been predicted for the first time in the history of the United States that there will be more older adults than children. This in turn will create more of a demand from patients and added pressures on the healthcare system to have providers who are well versed in treating the older adult population. As an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner and a nurse, I know firsthand the importance of knowing how to treat, care, and understand our aging population. For this reason, preparation is key in equipping nurse practitioners and future nurse practitioners with the tools and knowledge that they will need to care for an aging population.

Example of Initiative or Outcome of Leadership

In order to advance nursing leadership in the future, one must recognize the importance of being a nurse leader in the present. As a nurse, I have developed unit policies and procedures, chart audits, and was an auditor for the spinal cord/traumatic brain injury rehab unit. A positive outcome from developing the nurse chart auditing system was that all spinal cord injury units at the veterans’ affairs hospital in Augusta, GA adopted the system. On a national level, I was an Eta Sigma Gamma National Advocacy Committee Member. I was responsible for voting on public health initiatives presented to the Senate, House, and Executive branch and contacted US senators in regards to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill. I have always believed in participating in scholarship through research, and presentations. While acquiring my degree in nursing, I worked alongside Veterans Affairs nursing researchers to help develop a patient discharge survey to assess patient perception of the hospital discharge process. This allowed me to participate in Emory University School of Nursing Scholar’s Day. Serving others for the greater good of society and community is in my opinion one of the foundational building block of what it means to be a nurse.

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

To advance AANP’s mission, I plan on working with other board members, state liaisons and members of the nominations council to uphold the mission of AANP. AANP’s mission resonates with my professional mission to support and equip fellow NPs with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need in for their research and practice. Personally, I am proud and humbled to be a part of AANP. An organization that provided resources that assisted me in passing my board examination. If it were not for the accessibility to those resources this may not have been possible. It is my firm belief that the future for NPs will be to have full scope of practice in all 50 states. However, before we get to that future, the AANP’s strategic plan of making sure NPs can provide high quality care to patients and their families along with having the acknowledgment and respect for our profession from others in the medical community all must come to fruition before this goal is realized. AANP’s strategic plan is at the forefront of creating this realization