Lois Rockcastle RN, MS, FNP-BC, who has been a nurse practitioner with YKHC for over 20 years, was recently appointed the Alaska State Representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
The AANP is a newly formed professional organization that resulted from the merging of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The AANP represents the approximately 155, 000 nurse practitioners in the United States, advocating for the role of nurse practitioners as providers of high quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare. Lois welcomes any ideas and suggestions that can be brought to the national organization to improve health care in Alaska and the care provided by nurse practitioners.
In the past she was a member of the board of directors for the American College of Nurse Practitioners for four years and added an active voice about rural and frontier health issues to the organization. She lives with her husband Dr. Eric Noble and their two teenage children in Eagle River, Alaska. From 1992 to 2002 she lived in Bethel and traveled extensively around the YK Delta. Currently she does Radio Medical Traffic on a daily basis and travels to Bethel on occasion to provide care as a family nurse practitioner.