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Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Bi-Annual Leadership Announcements & Board Changes

Posted almost 2 years ago by Tomas Walker

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Hello All –

Let me start by wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season!

I want to take a few minutes to update you on coming changes to NAPNA.

We have had a great response to the call for volunteers for the NAPNA Board of Directors and I will introduce these candidates to you shortly.

As many of you know I am stepping out of a leadership position with NAPNA. In 2013, with the adoption of AB 170 and the recognition of full practice authority for APRNs, we achieved many of our long-term goals. During the 2015 legislature we cemented our gains, further strengthening the future of nursing in Nevada.

Achieving these goals took time, work and dedication from the Nevada APRN community. I am proud of the work we have done as a united and APRN-centric organization, and honored to have had a role in helping to lead this group. The dedication of our professional community has been recognized locally and nationally. Nurse Practitioners in Nevada now number more than 1200 and have equalled or surpassed the number of DO's in the state. APRNs are now valued members at the leadership and health advisory tables across the Nevada. However, we recognize that challenges remain, among them DMV handicap placards, End of Life orders, Death Certificates, and third party reimbursements.

I am certain the incoming NAPNA leaders recognize the importance of these issues, and are dedicated to improving opportunities for APRNs in our state. I will continue to be an active member of the APRN community, but must step back from daily leadership responsibilities. My current work requires significant travel and presents challenges in maintaining my current role. However, Nevada will remain my home and I will be present at meetings and continue to support our ongoing professional development. As Past President I will continue to support the board, providing input and direction as needed.

In Reno, while Shendry Thom will no longer be the Vice-President she will continue to work with and support NAPNA in Northern Nevada.

Before I introduce you to the candidates for Board positions, I want to recognize and thank several members who have given long and difficult hours and were instrumental in affecting the changes we have achieved -- much of which was never recognized:

1. Matthew Khan, Reno – founding President of NAPNA and advocate for APRN full practice authority. Matt gave time, energy and vision to make this a reality.
2. Susan VanBeuge, Las Vegas – founding Legislative Liaison who found hours to contribute when she really did not have them.
3. Paul Kapsar, Las Vegas – freely providing IT and technical support on a volunteer basis
4. Sheryl Giordano, Las Vegas – Treasurer/Secretary – volunteer editor who contributed her time and support to assure that APRNs were represented at many events.
5. Shendry Thom, Reno – Vice President, volunteer organizer and supporter who gave her time and Saturdays to be present at events, advancing the APRN role in Nevada.
6. Sara Rogers, Reno – who worked getting meetings and people organized, contributed to the process and found time to pitch in when needed.
7. The Nevada State Board of Nursing for their willingness to create an environment of open communication in the improvement of nursing in Nevada.
8. ALL OF YOU who wrote letters, called friends, family, and patients, bringing the grass roots legislative support the APRN community sorely needed!

And finally we must recognize the contribution of our legislative sponsor Maggie Carlton, who saw the potential of the APRN community and drafted, submitted, sponsored, and championed AB 170, improving the opportunity for healthcare for all Nevadans. Thank you Maggie – you really made the difference for us!

Now, let me introduce your Candidates for the NAPNA Board of Directors. These members will serve a term of office through the end of 2017. Please take a moment and review the bios they have provided:

Jeanine Swygman – President - Reno

Jeanine Swygman is an emergency department NP at the Reno VA. Originally from Southern California, she received her BSN from USC in 1996 and her MSN from the UCLA in 1998. She completed her DNP at the University of South Alabama in July 2015. For the last four years, Dr. Swygman has been the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 21 APRN Liaison for the VA, representing APRNs in Northern Nevada, Northern California, Hawaii, and Guam. She kept the group apprised of regulatory changes in nursing practice on the state levels and also the movement with the VA to allow all APRNs to be designated as independent practitioners regardless of individual state regulations. Several years ago, as the facility representative, she met with the Nevada State Board of Nursing to clarify statutes and regulations regarding Nevada licensed nurse practitioners practicing at the VA. She has been a NP clinical instructor for UCLA, Oregon Health Sciences University, UNR, University of Cincinnati, and University of South Alabama. As NAPNA president, Dr. Swygman hopes to continue the board's momentum in advocating for, promoting, and advancing the APRN role in Nevada.

Teresa Praus – Vice-President – Las Vegas

Teresa Praus has been a nurse for 15 years and is a recent nurse practitioner graduate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Emergency Nurses Association. Teresa was a Nevada state representative for the Health Policy Conference in March 2015. She enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time with her family, which includes a pot-belly pig named Crispy Bacon.

Sheryl Giordano – Treasurer – Las Vegas

Sheryl Giordano is a FNP-BC working with Johns Hopkins Medicine for over 7 years. She currently manages the Pepsi Beverages Employee Health & Wellness Center in Las Vegas for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Her current practice emphasis has been in family and occupational medicine. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In 2009, she received the AANP nurse practitioner recognition award for clinical practice in the State of Nevada. Sheryl is the current Treasurer (since 2014) and a member of the Southern Nevada NAPNA Group since 2005. Sheryl is married for over 24 years and has two sons.

DaNell Gilman – Secretary –Reno

DaNell moved to Reno in the late 1990s to pursue her Nursing education. She attended UNR for both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees (2002 and 2004). As a Nurse Practitioner, she has owned and operated a local clinic since 2004, focused primarily on the health needs of legal sex workers. She is also works part-time at Renown Urgent Care. DaNell's professional interests include promoting evidence-based practices, antimicrobial stewardship, and disaster preparedness. As a third generation nurse, she is proud of the great strides made in the APRN community and feels that Nurse Practitioners are poised to be the face and heart of health care in America. In her personal life, DaNell enjoys heirloom gardening, wake-surfing, and homeschooling her three children.

Samantha Peckham, DNP – Legislative Liaison – Las Vegas

I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I received both my Masters of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in Adult Gerontology Acute Care from the University of Arizona. I obtained my Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Arizona. I am board certified (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I possess active Nevada RN and APRN licenses. At this time, I am working in the Emergency Room as a Nurse Practitioner, and serving as a Site Supervisor for Grand Canyon University. I just recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My background is Emergency Medicine and Trauma Resuscitation. My professional goal is to assist Nevada Nurse Practitioners in practicing to the fullest extent of our training by diminishing or removing legislative barriers.

Cindy Pitlock (Bernardy) – Reno – Legislative Liaison

Cindy received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and BSN from University of Nevada, her Postmaster's in Midwifery, and Master's in Perinatal/Women's Health from State University of New York-Stony Brook. She is a nursing instructor at Western Nevada College and enjoys teaching students at all levels, from undergraduate through medical residency. She remains active in her clinical practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Renown Medical Center and Renown Pregnancy Center. Her research interests include health care issues for underserved populations, sexual abuse as it relates to the birth experience, and lateral violence/communication issues in nursing. Relative to Advanced Practice Nursing, she is particularly interested in the legislative process and has prior lobbying and bill draft research and language development experience.

Maileen Ulep-Reed, APRN – Las Vegas – Annual CEU Assistant Organizer

Maileen Ulep-Reed is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2009, she graduated Cum Laude from UNLV with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Anthropology. Maileen Ulep-Reed is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, and participating in medical missions.

Carole Daake, APRN – Reno – Annual CEU Assistant Organizer

Carole became an adult nurse practitioner 1996 she has an extensive background in cardiac care. She's currently working for Saint Marys Cardiology and has been so 2012. She was on staff at UNR from 2006-2012. Carole is a strong supporter of the APRN role, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the AANP.


We will shortly be sending out the electronic ballot for the bi-annual elections. Please take a moment and review this – your votes and comments are important to NAPNA.

Thank you for all of your support and dedication to improving healthcare in Nevada.


Tomas C. Walker, DNP, APRN, CDE

President, NAPNA