Amy L. Anderson, DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
MSN Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
BSN Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
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Work and Education
Dr. Amy Anderson is a Clinical Associate Professor teaching in graduate nursing at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). With more than 20 years in academia, Dr. Anderson has expertise in multiple teaching modalities and course delivery methods. Prior to teaching at Baylor University, Dr. Anderson held distinguished positions in academia and health policy including: Visiting Fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Program Coordinator for the Post-Master’s DNP Program at Texas Christian University, Assistant Professor and Health Policy Theme Lead in the School of Medicine at Texas Christian University, Associate Professor in the DNP Program at Indiana Wesleyan University, Graduate Health Policy Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas- Little Rock, and Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Dr. Anderson currently teaches courses focused on health policy and leadership. She holds a DNP in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, is a Certified Nurse Educator and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Professional Organizations, Notable Work and Honors
Dr. Amy Anderson is a public advisor for the Paragon Health Institute, a health policy think tank working on national solutions to health care reform. Dr. Anderson was selected for the Global Nursing and Health Expert Panel at the American Academy of Nursing. She is a former International Council of Nursing (ICN) Global Nurse Leadership Institute Policy Program scholar and a member of the PAHO region GNLI alumni table. As a founder of Global Nurse Consultants Alliance (GNCA), she mentors and coaches global nurse leaders from organizations such as Médecins San Frontières (MSF). Dr. Anderson was appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Policy Think Tank helping develop recommendations for the AACN Board of Directors on how to advance health policy education in nursing. Dr. Anderson was appointed to the Texas Nurses Association Government Affairs Committee in 2018 and continues to serve in this role.
As a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Anderson researched and analyzed state and national policies affecting millions of Americans proposing solutions for complex problems in healthcare delivery and public health. Dr. Anderson served as expert counsel to the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission on COVID-19. Dr. Anderson was an inaugural member of the Global Think Tank Townhall convened by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked on global policy solutions to the pandemic crisis with international policy colleagues. Her policy work has focused on analyzing the impact of healthcare reform on the healthcare workforce, proposing policy solutions that improve patient access to quality healthcare, protecting the right of conscience of health professionals, and achieving a public health strategy that balances protecting lives and livelihoods.
Dr. Anderson’s policy consulting work has resulted in wins on full practice authority for APRNs. Her most notable work was in West Virginia where she consulted for AARP on House Bill 4334 which passed in 2016 and served as a case study for messaging and strategy for success in other states.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Amy Anderson has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on health policy, nursing education, and leadership. Her white papers/backgrounders and op-eds have been featured at The Heritage Foundation, Fox Business, The Daily Signal, Real Clear Health, The Washington Times, The National Interest, Washington Examiner, Newsday, and the Tribune wire. She has been a guest medical expert on local and national radio and international news.
Dr. Anderson has authored chapters in leading health policy texts for nurses including Policy & Politics in Nursing and Healthcare (8th ed.) and Health Policy and Politics A Nurse’s Guide (7th ed.). She was the keynote speaker for the 2019 Texas Nurses Association Health Policy Summit and presented in Barcelona, Spain at the ICN Congress. Dr. Anderson led policy workshops with the Center to Champion Nursing at AARP and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) where she facilitated the design of policy messaging and political strategies that have resulted in state legislative wins impacting nursing practice, full practice authority, and patient access across the US.
Dr. Anderson has led study abroad and mission trips to Geneva, London, and China. She has served on various academic committees over the years and was the Chair of the Outcomes and Evaluation Committee at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. Dr. Anderson was on the Board of Prevent Blindness-Texas. She is a Peer Reviewer for the American Journal of Nursing and has served as an Abstract Reviewer for ICN and a Scholarship Reviewer for AACN. Dr. Anderson has shared her expertise through community presentations on public health issues. She and her husband, Christopher, have four children and work with the college ministry at their local church.
Select Publications, Presentations, and Media Work
Nurses, Politics, and Policy- A Podcast Series to Inform and Inspire Nurses. Texas Nurses Association and Yale School of Nursing. Podcast Guest. http://nursespoliticsandpolicy.com
Anderson, A. (December 1, 2021). Nonconformity is the New Threat to Health Professionals. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/12/01/nonconformity-is-the-new-threat-to-health-professionals
Anderson, A. (April 11, 2021). Two Masks Versus Vaccinated Freedom. The Washington Examiner. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/two-masks-versus-vaccinated-freedom
Anderson, A. L. (2021). Legislation & Politics. Short, N. (Ed). Milstead’s Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide (7th). Jones & Bartlett.
Anderson, A. (March 24, 2021). The Next Coronavirus Challenge: Balancing Safety and Quality of Life. The National Interest. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/next-coronavirus-challenge-balancing-safety-and-quality-life-181055
Anderson, A. (March 12, 2021). These Public Health Mandates Threaten Americans’ Liberty. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/03/12/these-endless-public-health-mandates-threaten-americans-liberty/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=these-endless-public-health-mandates-threaten-americans-liberty
Anderson, A. (November 3, 2020). The Science is Not Settled on COVID-19 Guidelines. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/11/03/the-science-is-not-settled-on-covid-19-guidelines/
Anderson, A. (September 9, 2020). Advanced Practice Registered Nurses can and should be allowed to do more for public health. The Washington Times. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/sep/9/advanced-practice-registered-nurses-can-and-should/
Anderson, A. & Badger, D. (August 26, 2020). Sorting Out the COVID-19 “Testing Mess”. The Daily Caller. https://dailycaller.com/2020/08/26/anderson-and-badger-sorting-out-the-covid-19-testing-mess/
Newsradio with Jeff Angelo (August 10, 2020). 1040 WHO iHeart Radio- Des Moines, Iowa. Guest Medical Expert- COVID-19 Cases in Texas and Florida.
Badger, D. & Anderson, A. (August 5, 2020). Without Proper Context, Leaked COVID-19 Data is Worse than Misleading. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/08/05/without-proper-context-leaked-covid-19-data-is-worse-than-misleading/
Anderson, A. & Johnson Jr., D. (June 18, 2020). A New Strategy for Equipping Medical Providers to Cope with the Next Pandemic or Infectious Disease Outbreak. The Heritage Foundation. https://www.heritage.org/public-health/report/new-strategy-equipping-medical-providers-cope-the-next-pandemic-or-infectious
Anderson, A. (June 18, 2020). America Needs Consensus on COVID-19 Testing. Real Clear Health. https://www.realclearhealth.com/articles/2020/06/18/america_needs_consensus_on_covid-19_testing_111061.html
HealthCetera in the Catskills with Diana Mason (June 17, 2020). WIOX Radio/WSKG -Roxbury/Binghamton, New York. Guest Medical Expert- COVID-19 Testing.
Anderson, A. & Johnson Jr., D. (June 10, 2020). Achieving Consensus: A Commonsense Approach for Testing during a Pandemic. The Heritage Foundation. https://www.heritage.org/public-health/report/achieving-consensus-commonsense-approach-testing-pandemic
Anderson, A. (June 10, 2020) Recession has hit America’s health care industry- and it’s brutal. Here’s what needs to happen now. Fox Business. https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/recession-health-care-industry
Anderson, A. (May 29, 2020). Hospitals’ financial losses, layoffs from coronavirus are a disaster. Fox Business. https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/hospitals-financial-losses-layoffs-coronavirus
Nightly News with Oliver Miočić (April 15, 2020). Euronews- NBC Television. Guest Global Health Expert- Covid-19 and the Public Health Response.
Anderson, A. (March 31, 2020). 5 Extraordinary Measures We Should Take to Help Health Care Workers Fight COVID-19. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/03/31/5-extraordinary-measures-we-should-take-to-help-health-workers-fight-covid-19/
Anderson, A. L., Waddell, A., Brenner, P., Burnett, C., Anderson, C. & Short, N. (2020). Advancing health policy education in nursing: American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Policy Think Tank, Journal of Professional Nursing, 36, 100-105.
Murphy, M. K., Darsch, L. Treacy-Wong, V., Anderson, A. L., Hickox, K. & White, K. (July 2020). Coincidental Collaboration: Creating a Global Nursing Leadership Community of Practice. Sigma Theta Tau- 31st International Nursing Virtual Research Congress.
Anderson, A. & Green, A. (2020). Political Appointments. Mason, D., Gardner, D. B., Outlaw, F. H. O., & O’Grady, E.T. (Ed). Policy & Politics in Nursing and Healthcare (8th ed.). Elsevier.
Anderson, A. L. (June 2019). Empowering Nurses to Advance the Profession. Texas Nurses Association- Health Policy Summit. Austin, Texas.
Anderson, A. L. (June 2019). Designing a Policy Roadmap. Texas Nurses Association- Health Policy Summit. Austin, Texas.
Duchene, A., Anderson, A., & Mendelson, S. (June 2018). Be Bold! Scan the QR Code: An Innovative Approach to Increase Certification in the Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Informatics Nursing, 3(2), 18-21.
Anderson, A. L. & Short, N. (May 2018). Policy Education in Nursing: AACN Faculty Policy Think Tank Report & Recommendations. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Webinar Presentation. Washington, DC.
Anderson, A. L. (February 2018). Enigma Variations: Mastering the Art of Messaging in Health Policy. University of New Mexico- RWJF Health Policy Collaborative Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Anderson, A. (2017). Strategy to Improve the Global Nursing Brand through Health Policy. International Council of Nurses Congress. Barcelona, Spain. Podium Presentation and Abstract Publication.
Anderson, A. (2014). The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Health Care Workforce. The Heritage Foundation. (Print, On-line, Media).
Anderson, A. (2013). Yes, Virginia, Doctor Shortages Are Real. The Washington Times- Big Idea Column. (Print and On-line).