University of Florida clinical assistant professor Stacia Hays, D.N.P., CPNP, CCTC, is the new American Association of Nurse Practitioners, or AANP, State Representative for the North Florida Region, as voted upon in the 2018 AANP election.
Hays will officially be sworn in at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, July 1, 2018.
As the AANP Florida Representative for the North Region, Hays will serve as the voice for thousands of nurse practitioners from Orlando to the Florida panhandle, and advocate important community and nursing issues.
“I am thrilled to be able to play a larger role in advancing the role of the nurse practitioner through policy, advocacy, and education, with the ultimate outcome of improved patient care,” said Hays.
Hays, also the North Central Florida Advanced Practice Nurses secretary, was recently one of the Florida Nurses Association, or FNA, 2018 Barbara Lumpkin Institute scholarship recipients to attend the Florida State Health Policy Convention. The Barbara Lumpkin Institute supports public policy education through an annual symposium and financial support of nurses getting involved in healthcare policy.
She was a member of an expert panel on human trafficking during the FNA Conference, and also wrote a guest column in The Florida Nurse bulletin on human trafficking in the state of Florida addressing ways nurses can identify and assess patients who may be victims of human trafficking.
Hays most recently presented at the 2018 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners National Conference in Chicago in March on Fatty Liver Disease in Children.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.