There are three NURSE positions on the AAWC Board of Directors and two are open for the 2019 election.

Each nominee was asked to write a statement in response to the following:
The AAWC Board of Directors serves to advance the initiatives of the AAWC which are focused on the strategic plan consisting of the four pillars of education, public policy, research and infrastructure. Describe how your qualifications align with all four pillars and your plans to support the Board in its efforts to meet AAWC's strategic objectives...

Meet the four 2019 candidates...

Jacalyn Brace PhD ANP-BC RN-BC WOCN
Member since 2005
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STATEMENT: Both the patient and the wound care expert must work together to facilitate wound healing. An assessment of the wound as well as overall medical condition(s) needs to be performed in order to determine the cause of the wound. The cause of the wound must be treated in order to expedite their healing process. A comprehensive treatment plan will need to be formulated by the wound care expert and the patient.

My mission is to get patients back to living and give them autonomy with their overall care and outcomes. This is why patient education is absolutely critical. However, we must educate the health care providers who the patient’s call first for help. I believe that my experience and education will be asset to the AAWC strategic goals that include education, public policy, research and infrastructure.

Maria Luisa Faner DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWS
Member since 2016
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STATEMENT: Education- I have experience in both planning conferences including development of programs suitable for our NP organization members, as well as in giving lectures regarding Wound Management and related topics. Public Policy- I have spoken to our previous Congressman regarding supporting a bill for independent practice for NPs at the VA system. This was a school project while pursuing my DNP. Research- I do not have much experience in research so it is not my strongest suit; my focus has always been in Nursing Practice. However, I am willing to assist in any way I am able, to promote this pillar. Infrastructure- I was a member of a committee to formally organize our present NP organization in El Paso. I have served as officer for several terms and have recruited new members as well as encouraged former members to return.

Member since 2012
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STATEMENT: Education - Lack of current evidence based knowledge will inhibit the success of any profession. Strategies for enhanced wound care knowledge must incorporate real-time updates with new advances along with review of long-held treatment strategies. We must scrutinize with the establishment of a rubic that allows for exploration of novel ideas while paying attention to patient safety. Public Policy - Wounds are usually not considered a glamourous area of specialty and thus can be put on the back burner of public policy. I have found that my greatest supporters within my work (fiscal decision makers) had a personal experience with a chronic non-healing wound (self or a family member). I believe we must ensure that we establish relationships with collaborative entities that utilize our expertise to ensure that our patients receive adequate coverage for care - from getting an adequate supplies to the home health visits to the office visits or follow-up procedures. Research - we must support those that are at the cusp of new ideas and strategies from biologics to plans of care. All aspects of wound care from head to toe. I believe we could have a research corner in our email blasts to highlight this. Infrastructure - without the members all of this is for nothing. I believe we must grow our next generation by being more visible in the high schools by supporting STEM programs as well as in the colleges where minds are determining which path they will take. We can support students in their efforts to volunteer by sponsorship.

Victoria Nalls GNP-BC, CWS, ACHPN
Member since 2017
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STATEMENT: As the director of education, I utilize the adult learning theory regularly to engage the audience whether I'm teaching mandatory trainings or education of interest. My team of educators and I regularly solicit feedback from field staff to make sure we are providing education of interest as well as education of need (i.e. managers/leadership providing feedback on gaps of knowledge). As a PhD student, I really hope to contribute to palliative care research. I realize that most people want a wound to close, but that is not always practical/realistic in the palliative/hospice setting. I want to help teach providers how to educate patients and caregivers effectively as well as that there are plenty of other outcomes we can strive for aside from just healing the wound.