Checking in with NCC Board Member Kahlil Demonbreun, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, ANP-BC, DNP, FAANP June 1, 2018

NCC is honored to have the knowledge, expertise and support of well-educated, committed and passionate individuals serving as Directors on our Board. They are advocates for professionalism and we would like to share some of their projects.

Kahlil Demonbreun, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, ANP-BC, DNP, FAANP
With Congress in session, Dr. Demonbreun been very busy with committee work as an advisor on the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) Health Policy Committee. As he prepares for the AANP National conference next month, other national activity includes last month’s attendance at the Advisory Board Meeting for the Duke Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program where he was able to see the thirty 2017-2018 Fellows graduate and meet and welcome in the new 2018-2019 Fellows. The Johnson & Johnson-Duke Nurse Leadership program’s goal is to increase the number of advance practice nurses who readily adapt to transforming systems of care while being able to create the same, efficiently utilize state of the art tools and methodologies to lead nurse-managed healthcare organizations and facilities, effectively advocate for patient needs, and skillfully provide quality care as cost reductions.

On the state level, in April Dr. Demonbreun attended the initial South Carolina Immunization Task Force meeting as a Women’s Health representative and the only WHNP. The South Carolina Immunization Coalition and its partners formed the SC Adolescent Immunization Task Force to collaborate to improve adolescent immunization rates by bringing stakeholders together to collaborate with the goal of sharing data, successes and evidence based approaches, identifying gaps in efforts and discussing opportunities for future efforts.  His focus area will be HPV vaccine utilization.

For most of the year Dr. Demonbreun has also been very busy with legislative activity in his roles as the AANP South Carolina State Representative and the Chair of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Chapter of the South Carolina Nurse’s Association advocating for South Carolina Senate Bill 345. In February he attended a joint AANP/AARP meeting in Atlanta aimed a legislative strategies toward moving bills to successful outcomes. Senate Bill 345 just passed and was signed by the Governor May 18, 2018. 

The bill will make several changes to licensure requirements. The new law will change the parameters of the APRN/physician relationship, establish requirements to serve in an underserved area or to underserved populations, authorize APRNs to prescribe Schedule II medications within select parameters, and sign select forms among other changes. Dr. Demonbreun is a Director on the board for the National Certification Corporation and is an advocate for nurses, advanced practice nurses and the patients they care for.  He is involved at both a state and national level and is helping to change policies that improve nursing practice and care.