KNA Professional Nursing Practice and Advocacy - Education

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 Professional Nursing Practice and Advocacy— Education
(Vote for 2):
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    Audrey Frias, BSN, RN, PCCN
    Present Position: Clinical Nurse Educator
    Type of Position: Educator
    Area of Expertise:
    Scope of Practice in Medical Surgical and Progressive Care
    Education: Bellarmine University—BSN; University of Kentucky—DNP (graduation December 2019)
    Professional Organizational Activities: KNA executive 
    member in 2017; executive planner for the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses Greater Louisville Chapter (organized and attended five chapter events over the last 18 months, planned and initiated the 2018 election, held two recruitment events); KONL member, AACN member (renewed PCCN certification in January 2018). 
    Statement: My goal is to advance nursing practice to allow professionals to operate at the fullest extent of their training, supporting the current workforce and adequately meeting the needs of Kentucky’s population. Advocating for nurses throughout Kentucky would be an honor and aligns with other initiatives and projects I have been engaged in throughout my nursing career. I’m asking for your trust and support as I campaign to be a relentless advocate for the nursing profession, promoting strong interprofessional relationships and safe nursing practices that align with the fullest extent of our training.
    Monica Meier, MSN, RN, AHN-BC
    Present Position: KNA Northern Chapter, Secretary
    Type of Position: Educator
    Area of Expertise: Maternal Child/ Pediatrics/Holistic Nursing/ Education
    Education: Northern Kentucky University—DNP candidate 2019; Xavier University—MSN; Northern Kentucky University—ADN
    Professional Organizational Activities: Northern KY Chapter KNA, secretary, 2017—Present, ANA Member, AHNA member, Kentucky. Holistic Nurses Association, member; Society of Pediatric Nurses, Member; Sigma Theta Tau, member since 2012. 
    Statement: I have been a nurse educator for the last five years. I have always been interested advocacy both for my patients and colleagues. I look to the future of nursing as a leader, educating the next generation of nurses.
    Teresa Villaran, MS, MSN, CCRN, CNE

      Present Position: Staff RN Fresenius Medical
    Type of Position: Staff Nurse
    Area of Expertise: Dialysis, Critical Care, Education, Foot Care
    University of Kentucky— MSN; California College of Health Sciences—MS; University of Illinois Springfield—BSN
    Professional Organizational Activities: KNA Bluegrass 
    Chapter; Bluegrass Chapter American Association Critical Care Nurses Education Coordinator; KNA events committee, member at large, KNA Editorial Board Reviewer: Kentucky Nurse; American Nephrology Nurses Association Health Policy Publication Advisor; Health Policy Education Advisor Bluegrass Chapter; American Nephrology Nurses Association; American Nurses Association Moral Resilience Advisory Committee; American Association of Critical Care Nurses Ambassador Podium Presentation Abstract Reviewer; Kentucky League for Nursing annual conference; American Association of Critical Care Nurses Continuing Education Review Panel; KBN IV therapy committee 
    Statement: I have developed an interest in advocacy—organized activism. Whether advocacy is on the local, state or federal level, becoming active with a voice and encouraging nurses to do so, strengthens nurses as leaders in healthcare, healthcare policy and aligns us with others so we can make positive change for our profession and those we serve. Being an advocate is really the number one thing nurses can do for themselves and the public. Advocacy is nursing in action.