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2019 Leadership Elections: Slate of Candidates

Meet your 2019 Candidates for Election. WCAPN Members will receive their official electronic ballot, by email, September 5th. The email will contain instructions on how to cast your vote. Voting will remain open until 5:00 pm on September 19thElection results will be announced at the annual meeting on Saturday, October 5th in Lander.


President Elect (elect 1)


Chere Bohr,
MA, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
-Cheyenne


Current Position:
Family Nurse Practitioner at HealthWorks


Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?
A: I have been working on the ad-hoc committee with the State Board of Nursing.


Q: Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

A: I believe that one of the issues facing WCAPN is increasing collaboration between the Nurse Practitioners in the State. I have been successful in bringing other nurses together and increasing knowledge, training and service access by collaborative efforts. Increasing collaboration we could improve the overall understanding of our profession, improve access to education and create a mentoring/preceptor network.

The stronger our collaborative efforts the stronger voice and involvement we can have to help improve the health of patients in Wyoming. We can also bring about increased access in areas that may have an increased need. This would also allow to create enhanced educational offerings, and create a possible peer mentoring and preceptor network.


I feel I am qualified to provide this leadership as I have experience in bringing nurses together across the state. In my role as the Forensic Nursing Program Manager I was able to bring together nurses across the state, improve collaborative efforts in our local community to enhance knowledge and care services to those who experienced trauma and violence. I have lived in Wyoming most of my life and I have been dedicated to the improvement of the nursing profession, and improving patient outcomes. I would love the opportunity to continue this passion in the pursuit of a strong WCAPN.


Q: Please include any other additional comments you would like to add.

A: I would also like to help increase the visibility of Nurse Practitioners across the state. I would like to shine the light on various Practitioners and the work they are doing in different communities. I think that celebrating our profession and showing the impact nursing has on our state can help improve the understanding of the importance of increasing the use of Nurse Practitioners.





Sarah Frank,
APRN, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CPNP-PC

-Casper


Current Position:
NP for acute walk in clinic (ortho care now) at Casper Orthopedic Associates

Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?

A: I have been with WCAPN for the last two years as a Member at Large, I have presented at the Advanced Nurse Forum, I have been apart of other outreach and our new recent skills conference.


Q: Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

A: I would like to run for President-Elect to continue serving the WCAPN board and our Wyoming Nurse Practitioners. I feel WCAPN is at a crossroad of impacting legislation and further bringing our profession together across our state. As nurse practitioners we he have bombarding issues related to global signatures, practicing to our population and helping verbalize our stellar role in health care. I feel I am in a good position to help continue avenues being explored now, even farther and help continue to bridge those gaps within our profession and other health alliances.


Q: Please include any other additional comments you would like to add.

A: I enjoy meeting other nurse practitioners, we all have something to offer to patients and colleagues! This organization is an amazing way to continue doing this.



Treasurer (elect 1)



Traci Buran,
MSN, FNP-C
-Cheyenne


Current Position: 
Family Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care at Willow Creek Family Medicine


Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?

A: Currently, I am part of the public relations team, which we had the opportunity to sign-up for at last year's conference. I was still an FNP student at the time. This has involved mostly networking with other APRNs in Wyoming to encourage them to become active members of WCAPN. I have used various platforms to do this, including word-of-mouth to students, bringing a flier to my office, and utilizing social media. I attended last year's conference and am signed-up for this year's conference as well.


Q: Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

As a nurse of ten years and now a family nurse practitioner, I have been exposed to the challenges that face nurses and APRNs throughout the state and country. WCAPN is involved in advancing the profession, encouraging growth, and promoting cohesiveness by providing networking opportunities. These principles align with my personal interests and concerns for the future of the profession. Wyoming needs APRN leaders to fight for the profession and scope of practice necessary to deliver quality patient care and serve rural communities.


As a recent graduate, I can bring fresh perspectives and new knowledge to the group. I am enthusiastic, energetic, and a team player. Being part of WCAPN in a leadership role would allow me to broaden my current knowledge and allow me an opportunity to be part of positive changes at the state level. Networking with other APRNs and nursing leaders will provide professional enrichment, exchange of ideas, and the ability to apply what I am currently learning in my Doctoral program. Ultimately, it will help serve all people of Wyoming in need of healthcare.


Q: Please include any other additional comments you would like to add.

A: Although I am considered a "new" FNP and this would be my first official elected position, I would be excited and humbled to serve the WCAPN organization and APRN community in this role. I learn quickly and am self-motivated, and am confident I can fulfill the duties required. Thank you for considering me for this position.



Kelly Eckes,

DNP, FNP-C

-Casper


Current Position:

Family Nurse Practitioner at Platte River Family Practice


Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?

A: I have been the treasurer of WCAPN for a little under 2 years.


Q: Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

A: As advanced practice nursing roles continue to develop globally, there are still some barriers that are faced. An issue facing APRNs statewide and nationally is staying within our scope of practice while helping to improve access to care in rural areas or not being able to practice to the full extent of our scope. I want to serve in this role to help improve access to training and education. I also want to increase the knowledge of the role of the advance practice nurse throughout various disciplines within the state.



Director at Large (elect 2)



Ann “Adair” Flynt,

CNM, FNP-C

-Jackson


Current Position:

CNM/FNP at Women's Health and Family Care and Teton County Public Health


Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?

A: I currently am on the APRN Ad-hoc committee


Q8 Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

I would like to serve for WCAPN to represent Jackson's needs for advocacy for the APRN role in our hospital and other rural hospitals around the state. Not only in the primary care setting, but also in acute and specialty. I also have experienced an overwhelming need for preceptorships in our area of the state and believe that we can network around the state to enhance the educational experiences of our APRN students in Wyoming.


Q: Please include any other additional comments you would like to add.

A: Please keep me in mind for any other committees that might need leadership or help in the near future. I am dedicated to the APRN profession and advancing it's goals in quality care for everyone in the state Wyoming.




Melissa Quinn-Bulkley,

FNP-C, MSN

-Douglas


Current Position:

Family Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Hospital of Converse County Clinic


Q: What activities are you currently involved with or have been in the past related to WCAPN?

A: A member, no previous experience


Q: Please write a statement that indicates your view on issues facing WCAPN? Indicate why you want to serve in this role and why you are best qualified to carry out the duties of this office?

A: I’ve never participated in a role like this; however, I do learn quickly and everyone has to start somewhere. I’m very interested in being a voice for our profession. I’m organized, hardworking and not afraid to ask questions.


Q: Please include any other additional comments you would like to add.

A: I would love the opportunity to serve.




Chere Bohr,
MA, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

(see above for full bio)



























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