2018 TNP Advocate of the Year Award
Friday, September 21, 2018
Posted by: Erin Cusack
Texas Nurse Practitioner’s 2018 Award Winners
2018 TNP Advocate of the Year Award,
Lynda Woolbert MS, RN, CPNP-PC, FAANP
This award is one of the highest honors given at TNP’s annual conference, and is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond advocating for the profession and Texas patients.This year's Advocate of the Year Award was given to Lynda Woolbert.
Lynda Woolbert received her BS in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 1971 and her Master of Science in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing from UTMB-Galveston in December 1987. In the following decade, her clinical experience encompassed working as a PNP in the Hermann Memorial Newborn Nursery and practicing general and behavioral pediatrics in a physician-owned pediatric practice. In 1996, she started a pediatric practice for children on Medicaid in association with the community hospital in Lake Jackson. Then she moved on to the Baylor College of Medicine working in an adolescent and sports medicine practice. Along the way, she has been on faculty at two medical schools, and four schools of nursing.
Most people know Lynda best for her work with the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice. She spent the majority of the past 20 years advocating for APRNs on Texas legislative and regulatory issues. From 1998 – 2011, she was a registered lobbyist for CNAP, as well as its first Executive Director. She authored all the content for CNAP’s website, and developed documents to help APRNs establish their practices. Her biggest project began in 2005, when she and TNP’s, then Executive Director, Brenda Ziegler, created A Guide for APRN Practice in Texas, and in association with TNP, Lynda continued as the primary author through the APRN Guide’s first 5 editions.
In October of 2011, she retired for the first time, but continued working with CNAP, writing the Sample Prescriptive Authority Agreement and Sample Facility-Based Protocols when the law changed in 2013. She also continued consulting with APRNs, physician practices, and hospitals to help them comply with the laws governing APRN practice.
Lynda returned to CNAP when it downsized in late 2015. For the past 3 years, Lynda led CNAP’s mission to educate APRNs and stakeholders about the laws governing APRN practice in Texas, and ensuring Texas State agency regulations are consistent with current laws. In 2016 and 2017, Lynda, on behalf of CNAP, submitted 46 sets of comments to state agencies that resulted in amendments benefiting APRNs to 23 sets of rules, and commitments from state agencies to amend 16 more rules in the future. To date in 2018, she submitted 9 sets of comments to state agencies.
While CNAP will retire into Texas nursing history at the end of this year, CNAP will leave a lasting legacy, as will one of its foundational leaders, Lynda Woolbert. Last month, Lynda started recording a video series about the regulatory process. It will be posted on YouTube, and available for years to come to teach any willing APRNs or students how to review the Texas Register, submit comments, and be a full participant in protecting and promoting their APRN role on behalf of their professional organizations. Lynda will officially retire for the last time in June 2019.