Professor Leissa Roberts Chairs Advanced Practice Clinician Council
Jul 3, 2013 3:00 PM
In an effort to more fully leverage the diverse strengths of its 250-plus advanced practice clinicians for the promotion of collaborative teams and quality care, University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has established the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Council. Comprised of 14 advanced practice clinicians from throughout the UUHC system, the APC Council is working to be a collective voice for UUHC’s advanced practice clinicians, which include nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), physicians assistants (PAs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).
Selected to serve as the council’s chair is doctoral prepared certified nurse midwife and College of Nursing Professor and Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice Leissa Roberts, DNP, CNM. Roberts brings to the council more than 20 years of experience at the university, where she provides leadership and oversight of 10 faculty practices. “Recognizing that a dynamic and supportive team can promote excellence in practice and patient care, the APC Council is an exciting opportunity to support APCs in practice, encourage professional development and recognize the unique contributions APCs make to our health care teams,” Roberts says. “In doing so, we hope to maximize the efficiency of our health care system and the quality of patient care and outcomes.”
The council will primarily communicate with APCs through a quarterly newsletter designed to support APCs in their practice and career. Features will include policy and legislative updates, a review of current issues surrounding scope of practice, and stories that highlight individual APCs and their contributions to the UUHC system. The council will also promote educational and professional development opportunities designed to support APCs in the advancement of their own professional goals.
To read more about the mission, vision, and goals of the Advanced Practice Clinician Council.