Name: Haley Hoy, PhD, NP
Title: Nurse Practitioner
Institution: Vanderbilt Medical Center/ University of Alabama Huntsville
Years in current position: 17 years
How many faculty and ATP colleagues are on your team?:
On the lung transplant team, we have four ATPs. In the transplant center as a whole, we have over fifty faculty and twenty-two ATPs.
Brief Job description:
I have worked as a nurse practitioner for twenty-two years, the last seventeen of which have been in lung transplantation. For the first six years, I worked as an inpatient and outpatient nurse practitioner in both the pre-transplant and post-transplant arenas. The job description included the evaluation of new candidates for lung transplantation, inpatient rounds, outpatient urgent and annual clinic visits as well research and patient/staff education. As the program has grown, these tasks have been divided among multiple ATPs and additional team members. The following ten years I ran an NP-led waitlist clinic for lung transplant patients who were listed, and now I primarily work as a nurse practitioner in transplant outreach clinics in an effort to bring tertiary care services to underserved populations. I have been fortunate throughout my work in transplantation to work with an interdisciplinary team that functions with mutual respect and excellent communication.
How long have you been a member of ASTS?
I have been a member of ASTS for seven years.
How has the ASTS impacted your practice?
ASTS membership has enhanced my practice in many ways. I have been exposed to practitioners functioning as ATPs in different transplant organ groups, bringing to my conscious awareness the commonalities and differences of our individual successes and struggles. The ATP educational opportunities within ASTS, both module-based and live conferences, have provided clinically relevant information that I have then brought back to my center for implementation into practice. Finally, ASTS has afforded me multiple opportunities for professional growth. I participated in the development of the ATP certificate program, had to opportunity to chair a very active ATP committee, and have had the pleasure of working with a dynamic committee that has significantly increased ATP involvement in ASTS.
In the next 5 years, what kinds of opportunities for ATPs would you like to see at your institution?
Within ASTS? Both at my institution and within ASTS I would like to see further opportunities for professional development and research grant opportunities for ATPs.