Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP Fellow Dr. Stephanie Burgess was quoted in an article about a University of South Carolina clinic that helps increase access to care for patients in need. According to the article, “When the college’s clinic opened in the 1990s, it was the first nurse practitioner practice in South Carolina. Burgess estimates there are now more than 20 nurse-run clinics statewide.”

Nurse Educator published a study on the state of interprofessional education in nursing that was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce. The authors wrote, “The aim of this systematic review was to investigate and synthesize research completed in the last 5 years (post IOM) to report the current state of the science related to IPE in nursing. Findings suggest that more studies with rigorous research designs are needed.” Access the full text article.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, who recently received a peer-nominated award from Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) — the 2017 Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Award. Pomarico-Denino was recognized for her work with the transgender community, precepting and volunteering. Learn more.

AANP member Katherine Crowder was quoted in an article about a clinic that is working to stop the spread of HIV and end stigmas associated with the virus. Crowder stressed the importance of educating patients and the general public, and she said, “In North Carolina, it’s estimated only 88 percent of people with HIV know their status. That means 12 percent of people with HIV in North Carolina do not realize they have it.”

Not many NPs were once diesel mechanics, but AANP member Don Bons was, according to a recent article. The clinic where he works is located in an area with few health care providers, and in the article, Bons described the importance of his role. “I take a lot of ownership in this clinic because I’m the only full-time provider here, and my goal is for UCHC to be more of a community partner. Our goal is if patients come in and really need something, we’re going to take care of them,” Bons said.

Tori Greving, an AANP member, has been leading efforts to build an Angel of Hope memorial garden to honor local children who pass away. According to an article about the garden, Greving lost a stillborn child late in her pregnancy and has found comfort in attending candlelight vigils held each Dec. 6 at Angel of Hope gardens. “With the loss that we had in 2004, it was the first time that I didn’t feel like I was the only one who had gone through what we went though,” Greving said. “I know the benefits. I just can’t wait to be able to share that” at Palmyra’s Angel of Hope garden.

The flu is still in the news, and AANP member Ashleigh Holmes told her local news network, “We’re actually seeing a lot in this office, I’ve seen it quite a few times with really high fevers and people just feeling bad, not being able to get out of bed.” Read more.

Read more sage advice about flu season from AANP member Lindsey Fortenberry: “…even if you get the flu with the flu shot, it’s going to lessen the severity of your symptoms. If you’re sick, and you think you have the flu, please don’t go to work. Please don’t send your children to school. Please stay home with your children.” Learn more.

AANP member Kelsey Cooper explained the difference between symptoms of “a nasty bug and the flu” in a local news article. Cooper explained that flu symptoms can be much more severe than other viruses, leaving patients feeling like they have been “run over by an 18-wheeler.”

 

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

“Millions of Americans are turning to nurse practitioners for their health care needs, and with good reason. Out from the shadows of a looming provider shortage, a highly trained, fast-growing workforce has emerged that is transforming how we seek and deliver care,” wrote AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article for Media Planet. Knestrick was quoted in an Everyday Health article that listed six things people should know about high blood pressure. Knestrick was also quoted in an interview for WIBW radio that encouraged parents to think about safety when choosing toys for their children, and she wrote two blogs for 30 Seconds on selecting safe toys. Read her 10 tips and “how to” articles.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote two blog for 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Kim Curry, who was named Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP). “We are honored that Dr. Curry will be leading the JAANP as we continue to provide timely and original articles addressing clinical practice, clinical management, health policy, research, education and other issues impacting NPs and other health care providers,” said AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in a press release. “We have been very fortunate to have had exceptional leaders at the helm of JAANP since the creation of the journal in 1989, first with JAANP founder Dr. Jan Towers, and for the past 18 years under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Charon Pierson.”

A U.S. News & World Report article about managing plantar fasciitis quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Dixie Harms. Regarding symptoms that include heel stiffness and pain, Harms said, “Most people report experiencing complications first thing in the morning when getting out of the bed, walking to the coffee maker, etc. Oftentimes, patients are stuck in a perpetual state of discomfort or pain.”

60 Minutes recently featured the Health Wagon again, a mobile health clinic in rural Appalachia run by AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill Meade. The clinic provides health care to underserved populations with limited access to care. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo wrote an article about the basics of business health care that was published in Clinician Reviews. Dirubbo wrote, “Most NPs and PAs went into their profession to help people—but that altruistic goal doesn’t mean you have to undervalue your own worth. Understanding the basic business of health care can help you negotiate your salary, maximize your income, and create new revenue models for patient care.”

Congratulations to AANP member Maj. Cindy Callisto, who recently received the Military Health System Air Force Junior Award. “It was shocking and amazing,” Callisto said. “I was cool with just winning for Air Force Global Strike Command, but then they told me I won at the Air Force level I was in shock. I really enjoy my patients and my staff. I feel like I owe it to them to do my best.” Read the news report and the health.mil press release.

AANP members Dr. Jacqueline Roberts and Christine Harsell were featured in a Pain Medicine News article about a substance abuse program that they recently implemented in North Dakota to address treatment needs in rural areas. The article was based on research they presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia.  Regarding substance abuse, including pain medication, illegal drugs or alcohol, Roberts said, “it is important that we acknowledge the problem and that we intervene early. The SBIRT program is one way to effect change before the problem becomes serious.”

Medical marijuana is being used to fight opioid addiction, according to an article that quoted AANP member Brenda Carney. The drug is also being used to treat other conditions, Carney said, including, “Diabetics with neuropathy, it’s helping people with irritable bowel syndrome, the chronic pain, obviously seizures, movement disorders, Parkinsons-type disorders.”

AANP member Denise Miller was quoted in an article about the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption. Miller said, “The CDC also reports that approximately 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol consumption, whether it’s all at one time or over years. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drinking really does harm you.”

Alcohol and antibiotics are a dangerous combination, according to AANP member Luke Range. In a local news report, Range indicated that just one drink could be problematic. Range said, “They both can be metabolized by the liver. You could potentially kind of overload the liver as far as its ability to process both of those drugs.”

AANP member Tom Bartol wrote an article about the need to precept NP students that was published by Medscape. Bartol asserted that,” Precepting students is not an option but both an obligation and an opportunity. We give back to our profession, including to those who helped us to become who we are, by sharing our knowledge, passion, and skills. Of greater importance, it is an opportunity for us to grow in our own vocation as NPs. We are helping nurture the future change agents and movers and shakers of our profession. These students need us, but we really need them.”

Congratulations to AANP member Vicki Delany, who recently received the 2017 Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Award of Excellence. According to a press release, “The Award for Excellence is bestowed upon an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who demonstrates excellence in their role through any or all of the following activities: professional development, clinical skill, innovative practice, academic excellence, political action and interdisciplinary interaction.”

AANP member Toni Pratt-Reid was featured in a local news article about practice restrictions in Oklahoma, and efforts to modernize legislation. The article quotes AANP regarding full practice authority.

NPs in Pennsylvania are also urging legislators to modernize practice. AANP member Kathleen Gray wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper and said, “Pennsylvania faces a shortage of health care providers and nurse practitioners are ready to help.” She indicated that a collaborative agreement requirement “limits health care options for patients.” AANP member Ashley Ritter wrote a similar article. According to Ritter, “As we consider the rationale and consequences of restrictive state occupational licensure for nurse practitioners, a “dose of competition” is needed to inform future research and policy planning.”

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions! AANP member Sarah Dodson was quoted in an article about making plans one can keep in the coming year, and said, “Everyone’s goals are centered on weight loss, and people can lose weight and still be unhealthy. I would rather people focus their resolutions on being more healthy than losing weight.”

AANP member Deanna Wennberg was quoted in a local news story about ways that sleep deprivation affects teenagers medically and academically. School start times were mentioned as a contributing factor to chronic lack of sleep for students.

Congratulations to AANP member Erin Williamson, who was featured as Nurse of the Week in a local news paper. According to the article, Williamson has always wanted to care for medically underserved populations and increase access to health care for those with limited incomes. Williamson said, “Healthcare is always evolving, so I get to stay on the cutting edge of things like that, but at the same time I get to sit down with somebody one-on-one and talk with them about how they can improve their health and improve their life.”

The nurse practitioner role was explained to a local television audience by AANP member Melisa Bedilion. What makes nurse practitioners unique? Bedilion said (in part), “What sets NPs apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.”

AANP member Amber Schmitz was featured in the “Ask a Doctor” column of her local newspaper. Schmitz shared tips related to colds and flu. She shared insight about appropriate antibiotic use along with tips for patient to feel better without antibiotics. Read more.

A local newspaper profiled AANP member Cindy Zeller, who plans to open her own clinic in Maryland, where nurse practitioners gained full practice authority in 2015. According to the article, Zeller has wanted to open her own practice for two decades, and the updated laws will finally make her dream possible. Zeller said, to answer patients’ questions and alleviate their concerns, “I want to take 30 minutes for a well visit and talk about anticipatory guidance and development milestones and what they can expect.” AANP member Michelle Cooper was also mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Rhonda Hensley, who will receive the AANP 2018 Louisiana State Award for Excellence – NP Advocate at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 26 – July 1. According to a press release, “This is the second time Hensley has been recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was honored in 2014 with its excellence in clinical practice award.”

AANP member Lynn McComas wrote an article about funding for NP education and clinical preparation that was published by KevinMD. According to McComas, one solution to the preceptor shortage would be to financially incentivize preceptors. McComas asked, “…will paying preceptors incentivize more medical providers to precept resulting in more APRNs? In September of this year, a report to Congress demonstrated that it does.”

Karen Cherinka, an AANP member,  wrote an article about staying healthy during the winter months. In addition to fighting the common cold and taking vitamins, Cherinka urged readers to take precautions to avoid slips and falls.

AANP member Katie Brula was quoted in a local news article about the flu. Brula said, “… sudden-onset flu is going to make you feel like you were hit by a bus. For the most part it’s going to be respiratory stuff with that fever, aches, headaches and just that real general ‘I feel awful’ fatigue.”

Flu season is peaking in Mississippi, according to an article that quoted AANP member Bethany Cummings. “We have seen a lot of flu cases this year. Starting from October and it has pretty much increased day by day,” Cummings said, and she urged readers to get vaccinated.

AANP member Susan Schultz wrote an article about colds, flu and other common ailments that was published by the Capital Gazette. Schultz encouraged readers to wash their hands to minimize the spread of illness and said, “Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Some people, however, may experience mild muscle aches, headache and a low fever for a few days. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. While the best time to get it is mid-October through November, getting it later is better than not getting it at all.”

A Bloomberg article about CVS and Aetna mentioned AANP member Frances Prado, who described the wide variety of responsibilities she performed at an urgent care clinic.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick discussed caring for diabetic patients in an article for Minority Nurse. She also shared insight about the NP role. Knestrick said, “As NPs, the key is threefold: active listening to your patients, adaptability to each patient’s unique set of needs, and the flexibility to lead or assist a care team all the way through the patient’s care continuum. So it is really NPs who are on the front lines, so to speak, with the patients battling this disease, and we work very closely with organizations who are working hard to raise awareness about diabetes and how it can be prevented, mitigated, and treated.” Dr. Knestrick also increased awareness about diabetes on a Baltimore, MD, news report. Watch her segment.

“Patients in Oklahoma are frustrated — and with good reason,” wrote AANP Oklahoma State Representative Melinda Whitten in a recent Op-Ed. Oklahoma is in the midst of a health care crisis, according to Whitten, who said, “Next year, legislators should retire outdated practice barriers and ensure patients have access to timely, high-quality, patient-centered health care. The majority of patients want greater access to nurse practitioner services, and every major study — more than 100 — shows nurse practitioner-patient health outcomes are as good or better than other providers.”

Nurse practitioners are a key piece of the health care puzzle, wrote AANP member and president of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners Theresa Ullrich in an Op-Ed for Capitol Weekly. “As we discuss how to increase the number of primary care providers in California, better utilizing the more than 21,000 nurse practitioners is a must,” Ullrich said. “Outdated bureaucratic barriers only prevent us from doing our job and providing quality healthcare for our fellow Californians.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Tyson, who recently received the 2017 Virginia Nurses Foundation Leadership Excellence Award. Tyson is executive director of the Health Wagon. Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden shared information about colds and flu with listeners of WBGZ radio. Golden discussed ways to prevent the spread of these illnesses during the holiday season.

Influenza is a popular topic this time of year, and AANP member Jennifer Nabong shared tips to avoid the flu with members of her local community. Getting a flu shot was at the top of Nabong’s recommendations.

AANP member Sarah Dodson was quoted in a local news story urging caution when using over the counter medication to treat children’s symptoms during cold and flu season. According to Dodson,  “…many of those medicines have more than one active ingredient;  they treat cough, they help thin mucus, they have fever reducer. So if parents are giving more than one over the counter medication to their child they are potentially are double dosing their child on that medication.”

Last month, AANP member Gretchen Herda donated one of her kidneys to a stranger. “Most of us think of giving our hearts as the meaning of life,” Herda said. “Giving the kidney was just as great as having a big heart.” According to the article, “Herda has a big heart… and spends her days caring for people who are one step away from hospice.” “You wish you could do more for people,” Herda said. “This was a way of giving back.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun was quoted in a MedPage Today article about ways that NPs and other health care providers can help patients achieve lower blood pressure targets. Braun said, “…my performance measure, my control rate for my hypertensive patients, depends on them engaging in the lifestyle changes that I counsel them on and taking the medications that I may prescribe. It really requires the partnership between the provider and the patient and a lot of education, a lot of back and forth…” Braun stressed the importance of being accessible to patients between visits to help increase compliance with the treatment plan.

A Denver Post article about the need for health care providers in rural Colorado featured AANP members Karen Tomky and Heather Elliott. Tomky has practiced in Crowley County for more than 30 years – a county with more than 800 square miles and no physicians. (Asked Michelle C. for stats) “Nationally, fewer than 10 percent of the nation’s physicians practice in a rural area — even though such areas hold 20 percent of the U.S. population.”

Karen Mulvihill is an AANP member and co-chair of a group that educates the public about the importance of end-of-life planning. In a local news article, Mulvihill discussed advanced directives and the importance of having conversations about end-of-life plans while people are well. According to Mulvihill, “Having a piece of paper with their [patients’] wishes written in their handwriting signed by them is something concrete to take to the family … so it is really a gift to families.”

“I wanted to be a nurse practitioner serving medically underserved people. Ideally, lower-income people who have limited access to health care,” AANP member Erin Williamson told local news reporters when asked about his childhood hopes and dreams. “I love what I do because I get to serve other people and I get to stay up-to-date with newer technology, medicines, and research. Healthcare is always evolving so I get to stay on the cutting edge of things like that, but at the same time I get to sit down with somebody one-on-one and talk with them about how they can improve their health and improve their life.”

AANP member Natasha Thompson was quoted in a local news article about an electronic gaming center that helps children feel more comfortable and keeps them entertained if they have to visit the hospital. Thompson said, “Our job in the ED is to be the front door for the hospital, and we have a responsibility to let the community know that we want to provide the best care and comfort for children and adults.”

A grant received by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will help DNP students gain the education and clinical experience they need to provide health care in rural areas, according to an article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone. “North Carolina, a state where 80 out of 100 counties are rural, has a substantial number of medically underserved populations,” said Kennedy-Malone, who is project coordinator/principal investigator of the “Advancing Nursing Education Workforce: Academic Practice Partnerships Today for Competent Practitioners Tomorrow” grant.

AANP member Eileen Flavin launched a mobile urgent care service that a local news article called the first of its kind in the area. “Typically we get to spend a little more time in the home with the patient than we would at the clinic,” Flavin said. “A lot of times when you’re at the clinic, people are just feeling like a number.”

A medical respite program for the homeless was inspired AANP member Alicia Hauff‘s graduate research, according to an article that credits the program with saving and improving the lives of recently hospitalized people who lack housing. Hauff said, “Housing is critical for maintaining health. Lack of housing, and the stresses that go with it, take a toll on one’s health.”

AANP member Guadalupe Robles was featured in a local news article about her role as a bilingual nurse practitioner providing primary care to patients in a rural community. According to the article, “Nurse practitioners are noted for putting patients at ease, spending time to get to know the people in order to better understand their health care needs,” and Robles’ ability to speak Spanish fluently improves her ability to connect with Spanish speaking patients.

Leslie R. Hale, an AANP member, wrote an article about the connection between Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Hale said, “Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, which means it will continue to worsen over time. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to watch your carbohydrates closely in your diet or to be active. The better you adhere to your diet and get moving, the slower the progression will be.” She offered several tips to help patients manage both conditions.

AANP member Courtney Holmes was quoted in an article about a local holiday celebration she helped organize for young people who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. According to the article, the goal is to offer a safe, inclusive, festive environment and family-style meal.

In an article for Clinical Advisor, AANP member Sean L’Huillier discussed the challenges of managing pain in a primary care practice. L’Huillier suggested that clinicians “have patience and an open avenue of discussion with patients about the expectations of pain management in primary care. At no time is it acceptable to abandon patients, or treat them as a ‘junkie.’ The goal is for pain management patients to have the best life possible while dealing with their pain.”

Congratulations to AANP member William Sabel, who is the recipient of AANP’s Idaho State Award for Excellence. Sabel said in a press release, “Idaho is a really good state to be a nurse practitioner because we have such a health care shortage here, not just with physicians or clinicians,” he said. “We were one of the early states to give full practice authority to nurse practitioners, so basically nurse practitioners can have an independent practice.”

AANP member Kristine Story was quoted in an article about a patient who lost more than 100 pounds in three years to improve his health and reduce his dependence on medications needed to treat Type 2 diabetes. Story treated Anderson for more than a decade and said, “It’s a major lifestyle change. His diabetes is so much better controlled.”

“Almost 80 percent of patients who have diabetes, who are on insulin, are not getting their A1c to goal,” AANP member Aimee G’sell told local news reporters in an article about a relatively new medical product. G’sell indicated that in her experience, some patients who use the product have been able to increase compliance with their insulin regimens.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Diane Riff who received a 2017 Commitment to Compassion award for her work related to outreach programs that provide health care for underserved populations in her local community and abroad. Read more.

Anthony Shaver, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about an increase in cases of respiratory illness and allergies in the Wichita, KS, area. Shaver said, “As we see more people gathered together we could get a higher prevalence of upper respiratory issues because of the close proximity of people. You can absolutely have allergies occurring in the winter time especially when the winds shift from northerly winds to southerly winds, we are getting pollens from Texas and Oklahoma.”

AANP member Dr. Stephanie Gray recently wrote a book on ways to optimize health and use functional and integrative medicine techniques to help personalize a plan for improved health. Learn more.

An article about a new center that will treat hepatitis C in Kentucky quoted AANP member Barbra Cave, who said, “While Kentucky has the highest rate of new hep C cases in the U.S., few places exist here for treatment. This is a much-needed service in the community.”

AANP member Dr. Raechel Ferry-Rooney wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the gun control debate. Ferry-Rooney said, “Because of my doctoral work in population health, I consider gun violence a health problem just like diabetes or obesity. This lens allows me to see the problem of gun violence both on the individual and community levels. I am able to listen to both sides of the argument and find the commonalities. This is not a time to take sides but to listen to each other and find a sensible compromise.”

Nuclear weapons were discussed by AANP member Constance Jordan (Maine Nurse Practitioners Association), who is part of a coalition of concerned health care and civic organizations. Jordan co-wrote an Op-Ed urging lawmakers to support changes in U.S. nuclear policy that they feel could help protect against nuclear war.

The potential effects of failing to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were recently discussed by AANP member and co-producer of HealthCetera Kristi Westphaln. Listen to the podcast.

AANP member Casey Brown wrote an article in support of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. Brown wrote, “Palliative care does not mean that you are giving up on yourself or your loved one, and it does not mean that someone is going to die. It means that the most aggressive therapies are being provided while abiding by an individual’s wishes. This shows love, compassion and support.”

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

In a statement last week, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick addressed actions recently taken by the AMA and said, “The American Medical Association has asserted, once again, its commitment to put the profit of its physician membership ahead of patients and their access to high-quality healthcare.” AANP’s press release was reported on by Fierce HealthcareHealthcareDive, and others.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote an article about diabetes awareness that appeared in the Huffington Post. Cooke also wrote an article about why busy moms need nurse practitioners to survive parenting sick kids, which was published by SheKnows. Finally, Cooke published a blog about diabetes symptoms on 30 Seconds.

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara wrote an article about ways that nurse practitioners help combat opioid use disorder was published by Medpage Today. Ferrara wrote, “Last year, the opioid epidemic claimed 64,000 American lives. Today, there are more than two hundred thousand nurse practitioners in the country who are prepared to help. Perhaps, this is one of our greatest assets. We offer access to quality and patient-centric care, especially in underserved and underinsured communities across the United States. As we recognize Nurse Practitioner Week, November 12-18, it is important to remember our role in combating this escalating health crisis.”

An AARP article about ways nurse practitioners increase access to care featured AANP Utah State Representative Dr. Danielle Pendergrass. Although NPs do far more than fill gaps, the article points to NPs as a solution for patients who live in areas where access to care is limited. “Patients and families won’t get the care they need if we don’t take steps to maximize the use of all qualified health care providers,” said Susan Reinhard, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute. Pendergrass was also featured in an article about the fifth anniversary of her clinic, which was the “first woman owned and operated women’s health care practice” in her area.

AANP South Dakota State Representative Robin Arends was featured in a local news article about ways nurse practitioners expand access to health care using telehealth technology. Regarding benefits seen by seniors, Arends said, “They could be fairly healthy with maybe just a urinary tract infection, but they go to the ER and they get exposed to pneumonia. They get exposed to the flu now that it’s winter. They get exposed to a lot of things that when they come back to the facility that they have more opportunity for illness.”

In his latest article for the Black Voices column in the Huffington Post, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens shared four reasons why diabetes rates are on the rise for African Americans. According to Dickens, “One third of Americans are on their way to developing diabetes. Ironically, lifestyle choices are by far the biggest risk factor or prevention tactic.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Lee Barron, who was among the recipients of the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award. Honored in the advanced practice category, a press release indicated that Barron’s clinical areas of expertise include obstetrics and gynecology, natural family planning and fertility health.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret “Peg” O’Donnell was quoted in an article about free programs, including a music class, to help caregivers and community members understand Alzheimer’s disease. O’Donnell said, “Your music memory is one of your last memories to leave you. Engaging with familiar music can help people retain other memories.” O’Donnell stressed the importance of early detection and intervention, since there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and medication only helps manage symptoms.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Tammy Austin Ketch, who was recently named Dean of the College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University. According to a press release, “Dr. Austin-Ketch has been a member of the nursing faculty at the University of Buffalo (UB) for nearly 20 years, where her work—supported by a $1.7 million Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant—has been focused on preparing Family Nurse Practitioners for work in Native American, underserved and rural settings. Additionally, she served as co-investigator on a HRSA grant to increase the number of advanced practice nurses trained to meet the unique needs of veterans.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Van Cleve was quoted in a local news article about a program that brings nursing and theater students together to simulate clinical office visits.

Congratulations to AANP Nurse Practitioner Education Specialist Cindy Harris, who contributed to Prevention Magazine‘s December 2017 issue. Harris shared information about the importance of reading labels carefully when caring for the common cold. Pictures are below.

A Wall Street Journal article described the health care challenges Puerto Rico faces two months after Hurricane Maria hit. The storm caused significant damage and power outages that have yet to be resolved. AANP member Catherine Trossello spent two weeks volunteering in Puerto Rico, working with a local health care provider who was attempting to locate patients he had not seen since the storm. Trossello set up a walk-in clinic to help patients who had difficulty accessing care.  “People are on foot, going door to door, doing the best they can, but the whole network is so disrupted,” Trossello said.  “Everybody’s trying so hard.  But you can only walk so many miles in a day and knock on so many doors at a time.”

A Freakonomics podcast titled “Nurses to the Rescue” featured AANP members Alexandra Hobson and Surani Hayre-Kwan. The piece considered practice restrictions in California and challenges to modernizing regulations.

Congratulations to AANP member Eileen Flaherty, who received the Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award from the Community Health Association of the Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS.)  According to a press release, the award recognizes individuals “who have dedicated their careers to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who have contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Mountain/Plains States.”

AANP member Lynne Kline is setting a healthy example for her patients by competing in her first JFK 50 Mile run. Kline tells her patients that “an active, healthy lifestyle can help them as they age.” Read an article about her decision to participate, and another congratulating her for completing the ultra marathon.

Congratulations to AANP member Cassie Banks, who recently received the American Health Council’s “Best in Nursing” award. According to a press release, “the award program honors individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. Ms. Banks has used her 13 years of health care experience to better the lives of rural and underserved populations in Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota. Her passion for increasing access to quality health care is rooted in a strong work ethic and a commitment to equitable healthcare, seeking to guarantee the struggles of vulnerable individuals are not overlooked.”

Jessica Divanno, an AANP member, was mentioned in an article about a house call service where she serves as clinical manager. The business connects patients in need of preventive or urgent care with its network of nurse practitioners who work as independent contractors.

How did you celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week? Watch this fun clip of the Maryland Nurse Practitioner Association (MNPA) singing on their local news network’s Manic Monday segment during NP Week. MNPA is an AANP NP Organization member.

AANP member Sean L’Huillier wrote an article about treatment of hepatitis C in primary care that appeared in The Clinical Advisor. He discussed how telemedicine has helped increase access to care for patients in rural areas.

Congratulations to AANP member Crystal Moore, who was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the North Carolina Council for Women Advisory Board.  “I am honored to have been appointed to serve on such an important council,” Moore said in a press release. “Success of women is integral to a healthy society, and I look forward to engaging and supporting community partners on behalf of women and families.”

November is also National Diabetes Month. AANP member Debbie Pacheco was quoted in an article that offered quick tips for managing diabetes during the holiday season. She encouraged readers to be vigilant, and she offered tips to help people with diabetes make healthy dietary choices.

AANP member Dr. Barbara Shaw wrote an article published by The Lily about the need to protect elders from sexual abuse. Shaw shared her mother’s experience as a survivor of rape in an independent living facility and asked readers, “Do you have a mother?”

Congratulations to AANP member Chantel Collier, who was featured in an NP Week article about recognition she received from her employer for her “hard work and dedication to care for patients.”

We were inspired by all the nurse practitioners recognized during NP Week. AANP member Heather Bowen was among those recognized for their work as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. Learn more.

AANP member Christian Tanner was featured in an article that encouraged men to be screened for cancer. According to the article, “Cancer screenings for men aren’t as invasive as many think.” Tanner said, “The earlier you catch it the higher your likelihood of having a successful outcome. A lot of these cancers are very easily treated, and so the sooner we know about them, the sooner we can get you to the right specialist, the sooner they can start a treatment plan for you and the better outcome you’re going to have.”

Ruthie Morrow, an AANP member, was pictured in an article about a church-based volunteer clinic that offers health care, counseling and prayer to uninsured people in Virginia. The report indicated that “More than three-fourths of Virginia’s uninsured adults are part of working families, according to the foundation. Without health insurance, they have lower five-year survival rates, higher likelihoods of being diagnosed with late-stage cancers and far lower rates of receiving important screening tests, the foundation states.”

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a couple of timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara wrote an article that was published by the Daily Nurse about ways that nurse practitioners can help solve the opioid crisis. Ferrara wrote, “Last year, the opioid epidemic claimed 64,000 American lives. Today, there are more than two hundred thousand nurse practitioners in the country who are prepared to help. Perhaps, this is one of our greatest assets. We offer access to quality and patient-centric care, especially in underserved and underinsured communities across the United States. As we recognize Nurse Practitioner Week, November 12-18, it is important to remember our role in combating this escalating health crisis.”

Ferarra was also mentioned in a press release about a study that examined the growth of the NP role. Ferrara said, “Nurse Practitioners focus not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, but also on integrating evidence based practice, health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture. We thank SUNY Albany’s School of Public Health for their study highlighting the professional credentials and expanding role of NPs as vital providers of health care to people throughout New York State.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker was featured in a Minority Nurse article about NP Week. Baker said, “Nurse practitioners don’t just prescribe a medicine and send you out of the door. We take the time to listen to the patient stories about their children, spouses, pets, and job promotions. These stories often solve the complicated puzzle of making an accurate diagnosis. It’s called holistic care of the total man.” Baker emphasized the importance of advocating for full practice authority. Congratulations are also in order for Baker, who recently accepted a position as Chief Medical Officer at Common Ground Health Clinic.

AANP member Samantha Tojino was interviewed in a local news report about an NP Week proclamation signing ceremony with Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., of Augusta, GA. During the ceremony, Mayor Davis shared his appreciation for nurse practitioners.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Wendy Fletcher who was appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to serve on the Kentucky Boards and Commissions’ KASPER Advisory Council. According to a press release, “The KASPER Advisory Council provides advice, guidance and recommendations to the agencies charged with responsibility under Kentucky Revised Statues (KRS) Chapter 218A to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. The duties of the Council include developing recommendations for guidelines that will enable the KASPER program to focus on potential problem areas and proactively generate information useful to the particular prescriber and dispenser licensing boards to assist the boards in expanding their enforcement activities of identifying and eliminating drug abuse, misuse, diversion and illegal prescription and sale of drugs by their respective licensees.”

Rachel Eisenberg, an AANP member, was pictured in a local news report about new guidelines related to high blood pressure. The article indicated that, “High blood pressure should be treated at 130/80 rather than 140/90, according to the new parameters set forth by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.”

AANP member Jeanne Parker is among the many nurse practitioners who are also veterans. Parker was mentioned in an article about a parade to honor veterans on Veterans Day.

An article about Remote Area Medical’s (RAM) mentioned AANP member Josie Weiss and detailed RAM’s efforts to provide care for more than 900 patients in Florida last weekend. RAM provided free medical, dental and vision care to those in need in the Bradenton area.

An NP Week article written by AANP member Jessica Estes was published by the Northern Kentucky Tribune. According to Estes, “In Kentucky, and particularly in regions with a deficit of health care access, nurse practitioners have emerged as an indispensable source of primary care. Kentucky has a significant number of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), which are geographical areas and populations where the number of primary care providers relative to the population is below the federal standards. Nurse practitioners have long acted as excellent partners in health for Kentuckians. With the role of nurse practitioners becoming increasingly important in all areas of our state, we are fortunate to have National Nurse Practitioner Week as a reminder of the contributions these unsung heroes make.”

AANP member Rhonda Keller owns a primary care clinic that was featured in an NP Week article. Keller serves as a preceptor to NP students and shared her goals for those she precepts, “I want the NP’s to perform proper exams, present a diagnosis, and order the appropriate medications and diagnostic tests if needed. I want them to think holistically, see the whole person both physically and mentally, and focus on health prevention and promotion.” AANP member Susan Weeks was also quoted in the article. 

Another NP Week article featured AANP member Heather Jones and described the important contributions that NPs make the the health care system. “National NP Week brings visibility to the role of the NP, helping consumers make wise choices when selecting their health care provider,” Jones said.

AANP member Michelle Zappas is a clinical assistant professor who shared her experience with FNP students in an article for the University of Southern California. Zappas has worked with a variety of patient populations and brings that insight into the classroom.

 

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

“As more states pass legislation granting nurse practitioners full practice authority, and as more opportunities emerge to capitalize on our skilled and rapidly growing workforce, look for nurse practitioners to dramatically change our care delivery system for the better in the next 50 years,” wrote AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article for The Nursing Site Blog. #NPsLead

AANP Fellow Dr. Deb Kiley was featured in an article on ways that an integrative approach can improve pain management and overall health. The article is based on a session Kiley presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia in June on incorporating integrative therapies into pain management. “A balanced lifestyle,” Kiley said, “includes exercise, a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and effective stress management. She emphasized that when it comes to matters of harmful patient behaviors, the best way to make big changes is in small increments.”

Are you ready to celebrate #NPWeek? The Sun Sentinel published an article by AANP Fellow Dr.Vicky Stone-Gale encouraging its audience to join in the celebration and recognition of the high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care that NPs provide. Learn more about National Nurse Practitioner Week at aanp.org. Be sure to share your articles, photos and events with socialmedia@aanp.org.

Congratulations to twelve new Shot@Life Champions who were trained at the AANP Region 2 Leadership Meeting on Saturday, November 4. They are pictured below.

AANP member Dr. Kathy O’Connor-Wray wrote an article on ways to manage diabetes and live a longer, healthier life. The article was published by The Jackson Sun and explained basic facts about diabetes, risk factors, common symptoms, ways to prevent complications, and more. O’Connor-Wray offered to partner with patients in making health a priority.

Karen Ayers, an AANP member, moderated a meeting of more than 100 nurses in Humboldt County, California, who recently gathered to discuss important topics related to prescribing opioids. An article about the event cited a California Department of Public Health report, which indicated that “there were more opioid prescriptions than people in the county in 2016, finding 1,145 prescriptions per 1,000 residents.” Ayers is also quoted in the article.

AANP member Randy Beckett was mentioned in an article about a telehealth tool that he uses to help provide mental health services to care center residents at Morys Haven in Columbus. According the the article, “The quicker access to mental health services has allowed Morys Haven staff to more closely monitor psychotropic medications for such things as dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, well-managed schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety.” The program has reportedly resulted in better medication management for patients, with a reduction in the overall usage of psychotropic medications.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Melanie Komar-Samardzija, who was recognized by her high school and inducted as a member of its hall of fame. Read more.

 

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick authors several blogs monthly about current health topics. Read her most recent posts:

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote an article for SheKnows to clear up several common myths about breast cancer. According to Cooke, “Dispelling some of the most common myths that keep women from good breast health is a critical first step, and October is the perfect month to correct bad habits.” In a Huffington Post article, Cooke explained why breasts need more than a pink ribbon. She urged readers to make screening a priority and to focus on overall health. Cooke also wrote the following blogs.

The Health Wagon is a telehealth resource in a rural wilderness, according to a recent article. AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson is Executive Director of the Health Wagon, and AANP Fellow Dr. Paula E.S. Hill serves as Clinical Director. Speaking about access to care for patients in Appalachia, Tyson said, “These people not only can’t find these services [in Appalachia}, they can’t afford them. For us, it’s all about removing those barriers. When you’ve done that, then you’re going to get some good results.” Tyson and Hill are scheduled to speak at the AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., in February. Learn more about the conference.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi and AANP member Dr. Safiya George Dalmida who were elected to serve on the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2017 – 2019 Board of Directors. According to an STTI press release, Ricciardi will serve as President-Elect and Dalmida will serve as Secretary.

In his blog for the Huffington Post Black Voices columnCapt. James LaVelle Dickens, an AANP Fellow, wrote about breast cancer awareness and what it means for African-American Women. According to Dickens, “Breast cancer is a huge threat to women in this country. One out of every eight women will be diagnosed at some point in her life, and more than 250,000 will get that news this year. While in the past African American women have been more successful in avoiding breast cancer, today, African Americans who are diagnosed face a 40 percent greater mortality rate.”

Congratulations to Honorary AANP Fellows Donald and Barbara Jonas of the Jonas Center who were recently awarded honorary doctorates from Frontier Nursing University. A video of the event shows them wearing their FAANP medallions.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden was quoted in an article about a study she co-authored that considered whether health care providers are doing enough for obese patients. According to Golden, “The barriers identified in the study highlight opportunities to bridge gaps in understanding to facilitate true collaboration among all stakeholders. Only by bridging these gaps will obesity care become integral to standard practice, whether in a health care or employment setting, and will people with obesity have the care and support needed to effectively treat their obesity.”

Congratulations to AANP Louisiana State Representative Dr. Sattaria “Tari” Dilks, who recently received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 2017 Award for Excellence in Education. In an APNA press release, Dilks said, “Psychiatric nursing at all levels is more than learning skills, it is learning how to journey with people who often have no voice.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Lucy Marion recently spoke at the final meeting of the Georgia Healthcare Reform Task Force. Her presentation explained how APRNs could help increase access to care if the state modernized practice laws. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Lee Barron, who is a finalist for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the advanced practice category. The Nurse of the Year initiative recognizes “exceptional nurses through the region, celebrating the profession and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.” Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Tammy Slater was quoted in an Washington Post article about a nursing home patient who died under circumstances that led some to question whether he had received appropriate care. Slater is a nursing instructor, and she said, “A quick, fast assessment — I’m talking minutes — should occur, because this patient could be having a life-altering scenario.” Slater indicated that difficulty breathing could signify a heart attack or pulmonary embolism, both situations that require immediate care.

Congratulations to AANP member Carrie Power and the clinic she owns for winning three 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards from the Elko Daily Free Press. Power received a gold award in the “best physician category,” the business received a gold award for best clinic as well as a bronze award for nontraditional health services.

AANP member Dr. Kristen Marie Guida and members of the Seattle King-County Disaster Team traveled to rural Haiti to provide care to impoverished people. They are pictured below visiting a Haitian orphanage.

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He’s a nurse practitioner and an attorney. Read the “South Texas Snapshot” to learn more about AANP member Joe Flores and the parallels he has identified between being an NP and a lawyer.

AANP member Heidi Stevermer was featured in an article about the importance of cancer screenings. The article shares experiences of one of Stevermer’s patients who was diagnosed with two kinds of cancer after Stevermer encouraged her to get a mammogram. Stevermer also helped that patient get treatment for restricted blood flow in her carotid artery.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Merilyn Douglass, who recently received the National Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) Trustee of the Year Award. The RCCA is the nation’s largest organization of rural colleges. Douglass currently serves on the Garden City, Kansas, Community College Board of Trustees. The award honors a trustee who has served their college and community with excellence. Read the press release.

Cook Medical Center Hospital recently held it’s annual Day for Divas to increase awareness of women’s health and breast cancer. AANP member Priscilla Greene was the guest speaker, and she educated women about steps they should take to lead a healthy lifestyle. Greene recommended that every woman age 40 and over be screened annually using mammography. Greene said, “When mammography is combined with a clinical breast exam, ones chances for finding cancer are even greater.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Debra DeHass Lehr, who recently became a member of the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Pam Jones was quoted in an article about two clinics for women operated jointly by Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jones said, “Our exceptional advanced practice nurses are available to care for women throughout their lives, at the highest level of professional practice. We are all working to improve health and wellness for the women in our care.”

Congratulations to AANP member Diane Riff, who was recently recognized for her compassionate care at the annual 2017 Commitment to Compassion luncheon in Louisville, Kentucky. According to a press release, “The awards recognize and honor dedicated health care professionals in the community who exemplify true compassion in the workplace.”

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) recently presented its prestigious Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award to the Health Wagon. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to ensuring that primary care is foundational to the community. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill-Meade and their staff. Gardner Tyson and Hill-Meade are pictured below at the PCPCC ceremony with AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, AANP CEO David Hebert, and AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke.

Health Wagon Primary Care Community Research Leadership Award

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds with health tips for college students. Knestrick explaind three things important things they should know before hitting the books.

Congratulations to AANP South Carolina State Representative Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun, who was the 2016 recipient of the University of South Carolina College of Nursing Alumni Award, and he was recently profiled in an article about his exceptional career. According to Demonbreun, Our profession is really about caring for other humans. It’s about helping people have a better life, a better state of health. I think I was destined to do that.”

A Pain Medicine News article about the CDC’s effect on pain management for nurse practitioners quoted AANP Fellow Yvonne D’Arcy. “It is important that clinicians tailor their practice to conform to the 2016 guidelines. This is really a good way to help keep a practice safe,” said D’Arcy. She also encouraged the use of patient-provider agreements.

AANP member Linda Sue Bayless is working in Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria as a member of the Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel Program System. Read coverage of her efforts published by KFDI and KWCH.  Bayless is part of the Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel Program System.

Another AANP member was mentioned in an article about relief efforts for Puerto Rico. According to the article, Carmen Guy plans to travel to Puerto Rico and provide health care to residents. Guy inspired a deli to hold a fundraiser to provide aid.

Congratulations to AANP NP Organization Member Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) upon receipt of a Michigan Society of Association Executives Diamond Award in the category of Innovation Collaboration ($1 million or less) for its adult immunization collaborative. This group included the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MAOFP), Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), Michigan Association of Family Physicians (MAFP), Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA), Michigan Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA), and Michigan Medical Group Management Association (MiMGMA). AANP members Dr. Mary Serowoky (MCNP Secretary) and Olivia McLaughlin (MCNP Executive Director) accepted the award and are pictured below.

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After the recent shooting in Las Vegas, AANP member Dr. Kristi Westphaln interviewed California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan about gun violence and making America safe again. The interview is published on HealthCetera’s website and iTunes channel.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sandra C. Brown, who was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Brown was recognized as a nurse expert and distinguished leader in advanced practice nursing education. Following hurricane Katrina, she developed an academic-practice model that used advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioner students to deliver primary care in a FEMA trailer community, via a nurse managed mobile clinic, validating the role that advanced practice nurses can fulfill in a post disaster recovery. Read more.

In an article about fall allergies that are troubling many Chattanooga area residents, AANP member Tiffany Potter cautioned about antibiotic resistance. She explained, “Nasal drainage can be a rainbow of colors but not necessarily be a bacterial sinus infection requiring antibiotics.”

AANP member Diane Millea was mentioned in an article about a food pantry, behavioral health clinic, and two medical clinics that were established by a church to support community members.

UT Health Austin is opening four new clinics. An article about the project indicated that “Patients now will be able to receive care for gynecological disorders in the Women’s Health Institute, arm and leg pain in the Musculoskeletal Institute, multiple sclerosis and back pain in the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, and work-related illnesses in the WorkLife clinic.” AANP member Amy Papermaster was quoted in the article and said, “This is going to improve patient care.  I’ve already seen it in the pilot program.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Neiheisel, who will soon receive a Lafayette Civic Cup Award next month. Read more about Neiheisel and her contributions to her community.

AANP member Laura Knisley was quoted in an article about low breastfeeding rates in West Virginia. According to the article, barriers to breastfeeding may include, “poverty, limited education and unemployment.”

AANP member Jim Conkle was quoted in an article about increased numbers of hepatitis C testing related to needle sharing and injectable opioid use. Conkle said, “When we give someone Vivitrol, there’s a potential risk of it could elevate someone’s liver enzymes, so we always look at a comprehensive metabolic panel. We check their liver enzymes, and along with that we decided to go ahead and check for hepatitis, HIV, and (others) to make sure those levels were alright and also to identify individuals who might have hepatitis.” Conkle said.

Why get a flu shot? Influenza vaccinations can help you protect yourself and your community, AANP member Deanna Wennberg explained in a local news article. Wennberg said, “It’s not just about your health, but also it’s about the people around you in the  community you live in. So getting the flu shot is protecting the people that you love as well.”

Congratulations to AANP member William “Bill” Crowe, Jr., who recently received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s “THA Nurse of Distinction Clinical Award.” Crowe was recognized for his outstanding contributions to nursing and honored for “being an exceptional example of a nurse practitioner and administrator who provides world-class care.” Read more.

Health Matters: Living Strong with a Weak Heart” quoted AANP member Nicole Charles and offered tips on how to improve heart health and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Charles said, “A lot of patients don’t realize how their lifestyle is contributing to the possibility of heart disease down the road. When you have high bad cholesterol that is what specifically deposits into your arteries and that can lead to heart disease.”

Congratulations to AANP member Anne Schmidt who was elected to the board of directors of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. According a press release, “Schmidt’s leadership experience is in ambulatory care, home health and hospital-based care. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, and was named the San Diego Naval Hospital’s Navy Nurse of the Year. She also received the State of Connecticut Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence and Leadership.”

AANP member Dr. Barbara Shaw wrote an Op-Ed published on TruthOut about the effects that DACA’s future might have on the health care of all Americans. According to Shaw, “the chilling effects of the political machinations surrounding DACA affect not only their health, but the health and future of all who call this country home.”

An article about nursing shortages in North Dakota quoted AANP member Tara Brandner, who indicated that nursing students are being encouraged to work in rural areas during their clinicals. Bradner also said that patient-centered care is a primary goal.

Opioid overdoses are a growing epidemic, according to a local news article that quoted AANP member Joe Flores. According to the article, “One way of monitoring this crisis is by helping educate patients about the risk of using opioids and setting up programs to help those who are addicted.”

AANP member Kelly Fields was mentioned in an article about a patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fields is one of two nurse practitioners mentioned in the article, which credits the first NP with urging the patient to get an early mammogram.

Congratulations to AANP member Jana Call, who is a new American Health Council Nursing Board member. Read the press release.

AANP member Calli Cook was mentioned in a study in Neurology Today titled, “Professionalism: Why Advanced Practice Providers Are the Most Rapidly Growing Sector of the AAN.” The study found, “The inclusion of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in neurology practices has greatly changed the delivery of neurologic care over the last 20 years.”

National Health IT Week

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is a proud partner of National Health IT Week, an awareness week offering all health care stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. health care.

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Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of health care delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and health care providers.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s health care as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The Week consists of events across the country, including National Health IT Week participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the #NHITWeek hashtag, and you can support this week by completing Harnessing Health Information Technology to Assist Individuals and Teams: Practical Insights from the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, PBRN issue, April-June 2014 (1.25 CEs) and Best Practices for Measuring Practice Transformation to Implement the Triple Aim (1.25 CEs) on the AANP CE Center. Both sessions are available until October 31, 2017.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was part of The Hill‘s panel discussion today on Innovating to Improve Patient Health. Watch a video of the event (Knestrick begins at the 1:15:07 mark). In addition, Know Your OTCs recently published an article by Knestrick titled, “Don’t Dance Around a Persistent Cough.”

Dr. Cindy Cooke, AANP’s Immediate Past President, had several articles published recently, including:

After an October 12 viewing of “Being Mortal,” AANP member Leslie Goldman will participate in a panel discussion on the importance of talking about and planning one’s health care wishes. The film addresses the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness, and it investigates care for the dying and relationships between patients and their health care providers. Learn more.

Nurse practitioners hold a wide variety of clinical, educational and research positions. For example, AANP member Paulette Worcester  taught nursing for years and has now transitioned to full-time nursing practice. “It’s challenging,” Worcester said in a local news article. “I never had the chance to do this full-time. We have really nice people here. As a rural community, mostly farming community, families have homes here for several generations and they deeply care about the community and its people.”

AANP member Cindy Teeple was recently nominated for a Cure Today Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing. The award gives honors the compassion, expertise and helpfulness that a special oncology nurse has exhibited. Learn why Teeple was honored.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, who was recently named Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Kleinpell is director of the Scholarly Practice Program, which supports clinical teaching faculty in scholarship initiatives and scholarly clinical excellence. Read the press release.

A number of health care experts are currently urging patients to get their flu shots. AANP member Cindy Weston has already seen several cases of influenza and told The Eagle that the beginning of October is an ideal time for people to get their flu vaccines.

AANP member Patricia Garnica was mentioned in a special issue of Current Diabetes Review about the management of diabetes in medically complex patients. According to the article, “Diabetes affects roughly 30 million Americans, and is one of the leading causes of disability and mortality.” Specialized health care needs of older patients, self-harming or suicidal patients, and members of underserved populations were discussed.

Congratulations to AANP member Nycole Oliver, who recently received the Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. According to a press release, “She is one of 16 nurses across the country and the only one in Arkansas to be honored with the award.” Read more about the award.

AANP member Nicole Zenk was mentioned in a local news article about a clinic that demonstrated improved outcomes with patients’ mental and physical health. According to the article, “After almost two years, HI-C patient outcomes tracked by staff show promising results: better overall health, no illegal substance use, no interaction with the criminal justice system, no binge drinking, no serious instances of psychological distress.”

The remarkable career of AANP member Renata Wos was highlighted in a recent article. Wos emigrated to the United States from Poland in 2010 and will open a new clinic in Rhode Island October 2. Wos said, “I’m very open to patient suggestion and I’m a good listener.  Everyone has a different approach to health.  I love natural healing.”

A community forum was held yesterday to discuss the leading sources of stress, how stress affects one’s health, and ways to reduce stress. AANP member Donna Montesi, moderated the discussion. Learn more.

Read tips on managing seasonal cold, allergy and sinus symptoms, provided by AANP member Tiffany Potter. Potter educated readers of the Chattanoogan about the variety of viruses, bacteria and allergies that they may face this fall, and she indicated how each of the illnesses should be treated.

After a two-year search, Davidson County Health Department in North Carolina is happy to have a new nurse practitioner. AANP member Kathy Arcidiacono will help patients with family planning, including education, counseling, annual exams, and prescribing. Read more.