Blakely, who serves as the assistant specialty track coordinator and the clinical placement coordinator for the School’s Primary Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track, was recognized for her work as an advanced practice nurse at a clinic she opened in 2014 in Moody, Ala., one of only a few nurse practitioner-led clinics in the entire state. The clinic, which is in a health professional shortage area, serves more than 1,500 people in the surrounding rural communities.
She was officially recognized at the NPAA 2015 Awards Ceremony held at Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham on Nov. 13.
The NPAA seeks to improve access to safe, high-quality, cost-effective health care for Alabama’s citizens and to raise awareness of the nurse practitioner (NP) as an advanced practice nurse who provides health-care services similar to those of a physician.
The organization’s primary purpose is to coordinate and provide a mechanism for all NP groups in Alabama to speak with one voice concerning:
- Full utilization of NPs for the citizens of Alabama
- Advocating for professional privileges consistent with our educational preparation
- Advocating for issues of significant importance for the general welfare of NPs
- Improving the health and welfare of Alabama’s citizens by improving the health-care delivery system within the state