By Stefanie Dell’Aringa
Janet C. DuBois, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, has been elected president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. She will serve a two-year term representing 800 members and 3,000 followers.
DuBois, a nurse practitioner for 20 years, served as legislative committee member and vice president of education for the network. She is clinical assistant professor and FNP specialty coordinator at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. Ninety percent of her work teaching clinical courses and health policy is done via computer from her home in Bradenton, Fla. UA College of Nursing has about 145 FNP/DNP students.
“It’s an online program,” DuBois said. “I go to campus three times a year and spend about a week with the students. I am licensed in both Florida and Arizona.”
DuBois is active in Florida’s legislative issues and was asked to run for the position. Her goals are to continue working with lobbyists and legislators crafting bills to remove or reduce barriers to care in the state.
DuBois has worked in rural health and urgent care, taught at the University of South Florida and also runs a small practice in Florida caring for nursing home patients. She was selected to be a distinguished practice fellow for the National Academies of Practice, an interprofessional collaborative group that advises on healthcare policy issues.
“This is another venue that nurse practitioners can become involved in to help reduce some of those barriers,” DuBois said.
The Florida Nurse Practitioner Network provides educational and professional development for nurse practitioners and promotes excellence in practice, education, policy and research.
“The profession of nursing has provided us with a good livelihood and a satisfying career,” DuBois said. “The network’s responsibility is to give back to help other nurses move the profession forward.”
Stefanie Dell’Aringa is a freelance writer.