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Lila Pennington, currently serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri - Sinclair School of Nursing. A Jefferson City resident, Lila has been a member of the Missouri Nurses Association for over 30 years.

She serves on the MO NA Board as the Missouri Council on Advanced Practice (MO CAP) representative/chair. She is also chair of the APRN-SIG (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Special Interest Group).

Lila believes there are many challenges facing nursing today. The one she believes is in the forefront for MO CAP and most APRNs is the lack of ability to pursue the full scope of practice based upon the knowledge and skills without unnecessary and harmful restrictions. Restrictions not only for practice, but also to the public's access to known high quality health care providers.

As a long term goal for her career, she intends to promote the nursing profession in general and advanced practice nursing specifically through clinical practice, educating nursing students, and activity in professional associations.

Lila has two step-children with her husband, William. They are proud grandparents to three grandchildren.

Lila values her MO NA membership because MO NA supports and advocates for professional nurses in Missouri.

Lila says, "We need a strong voice for nursing in Missouri, and MO NA provides that. There is strength in numbers, so belonging to MO NA should be important for every registered nurse."

Lila Pennington, DNP, APRN, FNP/GNP-BC

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Title Annotation:Lila Pennington of the Missouri Nurses Association
Author:Pennington, Lila
Publication:Missouri Nurse
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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