Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick recently appeared on the local Fox Morning Show in Baltimore and discussed ways for viewers to achieve better health in 2018. Watch the segment.

An article in The Economist titled “Occupational licensing blunts competition and boosts inequality: How high earning professions lock their competitors out of the market”  featured AANP Fellow Deborah Varnam, who discussed inefficiencies and costs associated with collaborative agreements.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden was interviewed by Diabetes in Control about obesity in people over the age of 65. Listen to part one of the interview.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, who Vanderbilt University recently named the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. Endowed chairs are the highest honor a university can award its faculty. Learn more.

Flu season is still in the news. AANP Montana State Representative Keven Comer discussed flu shot guidance for children and babies with reporters from a local news station. Learn more.

AANP member George Markwardt was quoted in an article that encouraged vigilance when fighting influenza.  Markwardt encouraged people to get vaccinated and said, “We still find folks that have gotten the flu vaccine are having milder symptoms and aren’t requiring hospitalization.” According to the article, “symptom management, prompt diagnosis and proper hand-washing remain crucial to preventing the spread of the flu.”

House calls are making a comeback in Colorado, according to an article that quoted AANP member Jaclyn Henkhaus. Flu-related calls were almost half of her visits in the past two months, Henkhaus reported, and she encouraged readers to practice good hygiene and get the flu vaccine.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Taaka Cash, who was a recipient of the 2018 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Awards. Learn more.

Barbershops in Cincinnati helped educate people about heart health during American Heart Month. AANP member Katherine D. Simpson was quoted in an article about the initiative and said, “A lot of times, people wait until it’s too late to get a simple check-up. We feel our body telling us something, for years, that something is wrong and yet, we still ignore it. Partnering with local barbershops that are actively involved in health promotion and general well-being is one way to support individual health and healthy communities.”

In an article about heart disease being a hazard in the military, AANP member U.S. Army Major Susan Hopper said, “As the Army moves toward improving its operational fitness and readiness, we need to be mindful of the total Soldier. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women and stroke is #2. …I have noticed an increase in requests for Soldiers to be placed in a Warrior Transition Unit because of sudden cardiac events during physical training as well as strokes. This is a major concern as the Army’s focus is on readiness.”

AANP member Wendy Beckmann was quoted in a local news article about heart disease symptoms. People may experience symptoms that are less well known, according to Beckmann, who said, “I talk about people not having the thing that we call the Hollywood heart attack. When they’re clutching their chest and they fall to the ground, and it’s a very big dramatic scene.” What’s more common, Beckmann said, is  “discomfort, shortness of breath and fatigue.”

Also during American Heart Month, AANP member Pauletta Hummel participated in a public education event to help raise awareness of the causes, treatment and prevention of heart failure. Learn more.

AANP member Alex Hacker was quoted in an article that explored reasons more women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are at risk for heart disease. The article indicated that CVS Minute Clinics are offering free screenings every Wednesday in February.

Healthcare for the uninsured was the topic of a podcast that featured AANP member Ellen MullarkeyListen at the 12:57 minute mark to hear Mullarkey.

AANP member Dr. Patricia M. Speck specializes in forensic nursing and sexual violence, and she shared important safety tips related to dating in a recent article.  Speck urged readers to “Pay attention to …behavior signals in your partner so you can protect yourself, and escape if you are in a violent relationship now.”

A nursing home in Missouri was recognized by the Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence for its low rates of antipsychotic use. According to a local news article about the achievement, “The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012 established a national goal of reducing the use of anti psychotic medications in nursing home residents and using other approaches that are safer and more effective.” The article indicated that AANP member Lisa Wilson “led the team with regard to decreased antipsychotic use.”

Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Sellers, who was recently named the Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast Associate of the Year. Learn more.

AANP member Maj. Brando Jobity was quoted in an article about the 117th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. Maj. Jobity said, “This is a very historical day for me. It represents what the Army Nurse Corps offers, the accomplishments we have made, and how we contribute to the strength of the military every day.”

Palliative care is a misunderstood treatment option, according to an article that featured AANP member Susan Lyons. The article cleared up four common misconceptions of palliative care and highlighted ways it can help patients who are living with a life-limiting condition improve their quality of life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Leslie Robbins, who recently received the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Thanks to hundreds of nurse practitioners who attended the AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5 and made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. A few pictures from the conference are included below, and many more may be found on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will make plans to join us at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver June 26 – July 1 and at the AANP 2019 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5.

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Congratulations to AANP member Emily Cianchette, who will become the Chief of Medical Staff for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) in November. Cianchette will be the first non-physician to hold that position at EMHS. Cianchette said, “The medical staff is really focused on increasing the quality of care, following standard best practices, and trying to increase access to healthcare for all patients. I would like to see our providers work together to advance these initiatives.” AANP member Anne Perry was also quoted in the article.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke had two blogs recently published by 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, whose children’s book series, Nola the Nurse, was recognized by Best of New Orleans for highlighting women of color in health care and advocating for STEM education. According to Lawson-Baker, “We need to also focus on science and catch girls early. We need to get these girls used to the language and what’s involved in health care.”

CVS Health offered no cost heart health screenings in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. AANP member Dr. Angela Patterson was quoted in a press release about the screenings. According to Patterson, “Knowing your numbers is more important than ever, following recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association that indicate nearly half of Americans are at risk for major health problems as a result of high blood pressure. Knowing the numbers that may indicate risk not only allows someone to assess risk for heart disease and stroke, but it can determine what actions, if any, are needed to manage your risk.”

Dr. Lauren Havens, an AANP member, encouraged readers of her local newspaper to develop heart-healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle. Havens said, “Setting up heart healthy habits at a young age impacts future health. Maintaining a healthy weight, consuming heart healthy foods and exercising regularly can all significantly lower your chance of developing heart disease, and contributes to a longer and better quality life.” Read more.

AANP member Tammy Goda was interviewed about the importance of American Heart Month and said, 2200 people die every day of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more.

Strokes and aneurysms may not cause any symptoms for patients, prior to their occurrence, according to AANP member Allison Holt. The hospital where Holt works offers heart scans and vascular screenings, featured in a local news article during American Heart Month. Holt said, “What we’re trying to prevent is a major health care event that patients didn’t see coming. It’s important that patients remember that they are their only advocate and they need to be proactive in their own health care, take charge and take advantage of these screenings. It could save your life and it could save a friend’s life, just by recommending it.”

Christine Testa is an AANP member who spoke at a local heart health fair. Testa explained, “Overtime the emotional stress and not having a healthy outlet for your stress can lead to high blood pressure,” and she shared ways people can help manage stress. Learn more.

A new palliative care initiative is being spearheaded by AANP member Diane Schade. “Seeing someone in their home allows you access to critical firsthand information that you just can’t get in an office,” Schade said. “For instance, you get to see how [the patients] are living, what they eat, what drugs they’re taking, and better assess what their day-to-day needs are. All of that information is valuable from a clinical perspective and helps me determine the best course of treatment.” Learn more.

AANP member Virginia Lester was mentioned in a local news article about home health care visits offered by the Point Roberts, Washington, Fire Department. Lester will expand the level of care provided by the program and said, “There is a void here, and we are filling it.”

“In a county with no pediatricians, students and professors step into the gap,” according to a local news article that featured AANP member Dr. Tami Bland. “I can get a flu and strep out the door in 10 minutes,” Bland said, but once they’re in the office, it’s an opportunity to assess overall health and wellness. “We find the holes in children’s development and try to address that. It’s very rewarding,” Bland said. “The state of Tennessee has such a need … and I would love to see my students get out and go to these areas.”  The program was also covered by the University of Tennessee Daily Beacon.

Arnold Facklam, an AANP member, was quoted in an article that increased awareness of the symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). According to Facklam, patients may “start to notice things like there’s a lot of swelling in my legs or I seem congested all the time and it’s not in my throat.”

Congratulations to AANP member Theresa Gutierrez, who was appointed to the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. According to a press release, “Ms. Gutierrez brings an abundance of experience from spending 21 years working within the healthcare industry. She is equipped with skills in Family Medicine, Bariatrics, and Nursing Education.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Cindy Weston was quoted in a local news article about influenza. According to Weston, “I think we keep hoping each week that we see our peak, and it hasn’t. Every week our numbers have continued to climb. I am seeing that although people with a flu shot may get influenza, it does seem to be a blunted case, so I would still recommend that.”

Another article about the flu quoted AANP member Donna Wright. “This season has been pretty rough. It’s been one of the worst I’ve seen in my 30 years of practice. People need to be vaccinated. It beats getting the flu. Trust me.”

Jocelyn Butler, an AANP member, was pictured in a Modern Healthcare article about a successful program one hospital implemented to help patients with heart failure.

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Spotlight on NPs

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

A U.S. News & World Report article quoted AANP member Cynthia Blevins, who discussed the importance of adjusting or eliminating medications if patients experience significant health and lifestyle changes that result in losing weight and reducing high blood pressure.

More than 200 women in Nicaragua received cervical cancer screenings thanks to AANP member Dr. Vanessa Jones and several of her students from the University of North Georgia. According to a press release, it was Jones’ fifth visit to Nicaragua. Jones said, “I love working in low-resource countries because there’s so much we can do to help others improve their health. Many women in these communities are reluctant to have cervical cancer screening due to lack of knowledge, fear or privacy concerns.” Jones worked with two nonprofits to mitigate those challenges.

AANP member Kim Ellingham was honored for helping to save the life of a young volleyball player who experienced a sudden cardiac arrest related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ellingham happened to be on site and used a defibrillator to restart the young man’s heart. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who will be recognized next month as an Albuquerque Business First Women of Influence honoree. In a press release, Peacock described her advocacy efforts in support of the modernization New Mexico VA medical bylaws related to NP practice. (Subscription required for full press release.)

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote the following blogs for 30 Seconds:

Nurse practitioners in Virginia are asking legislators to modernize laws related to NP practice in that state. Read letters to the editor by AANP members Phyllis Everett and Kimberly Bednar.

AANP member Abigail Maas was quoted in an article about the women’s health practice where she works. Maas described a recent shift in communication related to women’s health. “Years ago, you didn’t talk to your mom or your girlfriend about your periods” or other women’s health concerns, Maas said, but today, women are more willing to discuss their health histories, including hereditary cancers.

Nurse practitioners continue to be recognized for their efforts to provide care to patients in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. According to a Wichita State University article, AANP member Linda Bayless was among the members of a health care team who recently treated more than 1,600 patients during their 13-day stay.

AANP member Karen Wolf was quoted in an article about a march in which she participated. Wolf discussed her concerns about current health care policy, especially related to women and children, and said, “As a nurse/nurse practitioner, I am ethically bound to advocate for health promoting policies.”

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.