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WWRWSM Speaks with the President of AANP, April Kapu

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Since the pandemic, nurses, and medical professionals have experienced a burnt-out in their professionals. April Kapu who spearheads the American Association of Practitioners sends encouragement, empowerment, and impact to nurses and medical professionals around the globe for "Nurses Week."Dr. April Kapu is an acute care nurse practitioner and was recently appointed as Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Prior to her role as dean, she served as an associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There she led as a nursing executive for the health system, leading a nationally recognized advanced practice program, establishing innovative, high quality, and value-driven advanced practice healthcare services. Dr. Kapu is a Professor of Nursing and educator in Vanderbilt's DNP program. She has led several grant-funded research projects, has presented often for national and international conferences, has authored chapters in advanced practice nursing textbooks, and has published manuscripts in numerous peer-reviewed medical and nursing journals.  She holds several professional roles including Fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Fellow for the American Academy of Nursing. Prior to being elected as president of AANP, Dr. Kapu served as Tennessee State Representative and later as Region 4 Director for the AANP Board of Directors. She is an active member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, served as past chair for the TN Government Affairs Committee and TN APRN Committee, and represented TN NPs on the TN Governor's special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education.