I am seeking office as a board member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). If you are a member of NACNS, I would appreciate your vote next month.
There are many issues facing the advanced practice nursing community in its national effort to implement the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The Affordable Care Act expanded the number of insured, which exposed the need for more primary care providers. Virginia is addressing the "access to care" issue by broadening the primary care provider pool (whether or not Medicaid expands). Yet, caring for those so vulnerable (with multiple chronic conditions) also will require the expertise of healthcare professionals equipped with specialty knowledge as well as experience in both leading and participating in interprofessional teams. Clinical Nurse Specialists possess these skills. We are vital to this endeavor and must speak about this to the public, legislators and our professional colleagues.
As a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, I witness the need for advanced nursing specialty services daily. I am intimately involved in changing the trajectory of patients with challenging circumstances by providing direct care and self-management training; patients need this level of expert support in becoming "activated" in their own health care. But, I am also engaged in redesigning the healthcare system to ensure best practice is facilitated and patient self-care and self-management decision-making is supported.
As you consider your vote, you may wish to examine the candidate questionnaire I submitted to NACNS.
Linda Thurby-Hay DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-AM, CDE