Holly Jeffreys DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
In 2016 Jeffreys was appointed to serve on the Texas Health Care Advisory Board for the Lt. Governor where she continues to serve today. Jeffreys has also served as the Panhandle Regional Representative on the Texas Nurse Practitioners Board of Directors since 2011 and is current Chair for the Texas Nurse Practitioner Policy Council. During the 85th Legislative Session, Jeffreys testimony and advocacy for Senate Bill 654, a bill that enabled advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to accept Medicaid/CHIP insurance regardless of the collaborating physician’s acceptance of Medicaid, helped lead to successful passage of the bill. She also provided expert testimony for H.B 1415/S.B. 681 by Representative Stephanie Klick and Senator Kelly Hancock, which would have removed unnecessary regulatory barriers to allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and education.
The U.S. Small Business Administration named Jeffreys the 2017 Texas Panhandle Small Business Person of the Year for her achievements as a successful entrepreneur. In 2018, she received the Nurse Practitioner State Excellence Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award from Texas Nurse Practitioners.
Jeffreys is the Board Chair for West Texas A&M University College of Health Sciences Advisory, Board President of Bushland ISD Board of Trustees, President of the High Plains Republican Women, and Secretary for the Panhandle Association of School Boards. She volunteers in her community as a nurse practitioner for the Sports Injury Clinic for youth competitors in rodeo, football, and basketball. Jeffreys also volunteers as a licensed EMT for Oldham County EMS. She is active in her church and has served as youth choir and mission trip leader and sponsor for many years. Jeffreys and her husband Kelly have enjoyed raising their four children in Bushland and continue to enjoy spending time ranching and rodeoing with family and friends.
In efforts to improve access to healthcare in rural areas, Holly Jeffreys began the Family Care Clinic of Panhandle in 2009. Since 2009 Jeffreys has extended her reach into other underserved areas including Boys Ranch, Vega, Bushland and Claude. While effectively mobilizing community support for the development of the clinics, Jeffreys also established clinical training sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing and health science students for a number of programs and universities. Jeffreys leads a multidisciplinary healthcare team utilizing current evidence-based research along with effective communication in patient teaching, including mobile medical visits to underserved rural communities, group education classes, telemedicine, and social media to enhance patient engagement.
Jeffreys completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Texas A&M University and certification as a Registered Nurse in 1997. She continued her education by completing a Master of Science in Nursing from WTAMU and Board Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2002. In 2009 she completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Texas Health Science Medical Center and was honored to be a member of the very first DNP class in the State of Texas. Jeffreys has since received the University of Texas Distinguished Alumni Award for which only 42 individuals have been awarded over the last 46 years.