Greetings from Incoming NAPNA President
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Hello and Happy New Year to everyone,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the new President of NAPNA. I am filling big shoes and standing on the shoulders of the previous NAPNA leadership who have worked tirelessly to expand the scope and breadth of our organization. In step with the increasing numbers of Nevada nurse practitioners, NAPNA increased its membership and became a provider of valuable continuing education through its annual CEU event. In 2012, autonomous practice for Nevada nurse practitioners was achieved with the passage of AB 170, which is a tremendous achievement. The entire NAPNA board has been instrumental in the realization of these accomplishments, with the support of the nursing and APRN community. I am very proud to be working with this inspiring group of APRNs.
There is still much work to be done in terms of removing APRN practice barriers, such as issues with health insurance companies denying APRNs provider status, APRNs being able to sign DMV placards, and the ability of APRNs to order home health care. Some issues need to be dealt with on the state level, while other issues, such as the quirk in the Medicare law keeping APRNs from signing the home health plans of care to authorize home health services need to be addressed on the federal level. Change in legislation affecting our practice is a process in which the wheels may not turn as quickly as we would like, however we must become actively involved in the process or risk having others speak for our practice. Our lobbyist is crucial in extending our voice and influence to legislators. I encourage all NAPNA members to be active in educating our patients and the public on APRNs, as well as making phone calls and writing letters to our state and federal legislators to make the changes in the laws and healthcare policies that affect our practice.
It is my goal to continue the momentum and vision of NAPNA in promoting and advancing the APRN role, removing barriers to APRN practice, and improving healthcare access for Nevada. I appreciate your support and confidence in electing me as the President of NAPNA. I look forward to working with you all.
Jeanine Swygman, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC, PHN