Congratulations to Deborah Wolff-Baker, the Northern California Chapter President, for winning the GAPNA 2016 Health Affairs Scholarship.
She will travel to Washington DC to participate in the AANP Health Policy Conference this March.
View: the Health Affairs Scholarship | Recipients
Added April 11, 2016:
“What the Health Affairs Scholarship has meant to me”
Deborah Wolff-Baker, MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC
“With over 205,000 nurse practitioners in the U.S. and 900,000,000 patient visits in 2015, NPs are a powerful force in health care and our voices make a difference.”
Attendance at the AANP Health Policy Conference this year has helped to turn my passion into action! I believe that NPs need a continuing campaign to educate legislators and other providers as well as the general public on what nurse practitioners do and how we fill gaps in healthcare delivery; one that highlights our education, as well as contributions to research, population wellness and quality of life for the individuals under our care.
In order for our profession to finally step into its own autonomy, it is essential that we grow our image and visibility to fully describe and differentiate us as competent primary care providers.
From issues such as signing for death certificates and Home Health 485s, to the larger issues of full practice authority and FTC rulings on "Restraint of Trade," I am eager to continue to learn, to grow and share what I know with those who are making a change and embrace the idea of collaboration with other APRN groups throughout the country to promote health policy that is supportive of APRN practice and older adult care.