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 featured in a Health eCareers article about a recent study published by the Journal of Internal Medicine that found nurse practitioners seek out lower-income areas where they can practice and improve access to care. Knestrick practices in a rural, underserved area and said, “Given where we tend to practice, it’s really important that we modernize laws in states to allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training.”

Recipients of the AANP 2018 State Award for Excellence were recently announced, and they will be honored at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver this June. Founded in 1991, the State Award for Excellence recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the state award was extended to recognize the efforts of an individual who had made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of NPs. Congratulations to all the recipients!

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Lynn Rapsilber, who was one of 10 nurses recognized during National Nurses Week in Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s 2018 Salute to Nurses. Recipients were celebrated at a reception and received a crystal heart along with a feature article in a Salute to Nurses insert in the Sunday supplement of five local newspapers. Rapsilber also presented Health Care Fraud: Do You Look Good in Stripes? at the Connecticut APRN conference in April.

AANP member Betsy Diaz was quoted in an article about the growing role of advanced practice providers. Of the NP role, Diaz said, “It’s been a very rewarding career for me. And as challenging as it was to get here I’m glad that I’m here and I’m glad I’m able to provide care to patients.”

Congratulations to AANP member Kristen McGrath, who was among the recipients of the 2018 Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence at the Oakland University School of Nursing and Board of Visitors’ 30th annual Nightingale Awards ceremony on May 10. Read the press release.

The Annals of Family Medicine recently featured a study on a theoretical nurse practitioner and physician co-management model designed to alleviate primary care strain. The study was conducted by AANP member Dr. Allison Norful and others. The model included three elements: “effective communication, mutual respect and trust, and clinical alignment/shared philosophy of care.” Read the article.

A new bone health clinic will be led by AANP member and orthopedic nurse practitioner Dr. Eric Willoughby. The clinic will use evidence-based guidelines to screen and treat osteoporosis to reduce the risk of fractures. Willoughby noted that, “One in two women over the age of 50 can be expected to sustain an osteoporosis related fracture in her remaining lifetime.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Joseph Powell, who recently received the Phoebe Advanced Practice Provider of the Year Award. The award honors an APP who exemplifies a commitment to improving the health and well-being of patients. Read the press release.

More people are getting sick from diseases transmitted by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Autumn Jones. Tips on treating insect bites and stings were provided by Jones, who also advised patients to visit their health care provider if needed. Learn more.

A National Nurses Week article praised AANP member Misti Garnett for the positive change she is creating for patients in rural Mississippi, where she is opening a clinic that will increase access to care. Garnett said, “Having this opportunity to finally be back in Mathiston, where my family is, and offer something to Mathiston, that they don’t have was just really something I couldn’t turn down. It was very exciting for us. It was just that next phase that I wanted to do.”

Congratulations to AANP member Mary Smania, who recently received a Community Service award because of her determination to help patients and was featured in the Lansing State Journal. Smania was also recognized for her efforts to remove practice barriers. Learn more.

 

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP leadership wrote two blogs for 30 Seconds recently.

Congratulations to AANP S. Texas State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck, who recently received the Kelly Reed Advanced Practice Community Impact Award in honor of her work related to human trafficking. Learn more.

AANP Maine State Representative Dr. Valerie Fuller recently presented “Legislative and Regulatory Issues of Interest to NPs” at the Maine NP Annual Conference. Conference attendees pictured below are holding AANP’s “I’m a Fan of NPs” fans.

Maine NP Annual Conference

During National Nurses Week, AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi wrote a blog for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality about the ways that nurses can address primary care needs. According to Ricciardi, “NPs and PAs, who comprise approximately 30 percent of the primary care workforce, already play a central role in the delivery of a broad range of primary care services, while leading practice improvement efforts focused on quality and safety.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was selected to be honored for extraordinary contributions to critical care and the mission and vision of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) with the 2018 AACN Pioneering Spirit Award. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high-acuity and critical care nursing. The presentation will occur during the 2018 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Tami Thomas was quoted in a Daily Nurse article about $100,000 in ANEW grants that were awarded to Florida International University students. According to the article, “The first cohort of ANEW trainees are all graduate nursing students from FIU’s Family Nurse Practitioner track. Each trainee will receive up to $20,000 to help cover tuition, living and housing expenses, and textbooks. Their clinical rotation begins in summer 2018.”

Diabetes Forecast highlighted AANP member Lisa Taylor in an article about NPs who are helping patients in underserved areas. Taylor stressed the importance of prevention and said, “What’s important to me is the opportunity to educate. We’re all constantly bombarded by claims about some new treatment or miracle drug. And in New Mexico, we have a large percentage of people who are on Medicaid and have no insurance. All those things drive what I do.”

AANP member Dr. Heather Flores initiated food insecurity screening in Alabama as part of a graduate school project. According to Flores, “”Low-income families, specifically those headed by single women with children. Families and individuals – specifically older Americans, who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses, and are disabled are also vulnerable to experiencing food insecurity. The other vulnerable groups are members of the LGBT community, college students, immigrants, and our armed forces families are also vulnerable.” Learn more about her screening tool, The Hunger Vital Sign™.

A local news article about the need for nurses in rural communities featured AANP member Anne Perry, who chose to be an NP after attending two years of medical school. Perry said, “I wanted more of a relationship with patients. I definitely had a more holistic idea of what healthcare was about and didn’t like just looking at a person’s disease. I wanted to see more than that. I decided I’d rather be a nurse.”  Learn more about her role in primary care and her experience serving in the Maine House of Representatives.

AANP member Shelley Lynch is a former Red Sox Nurse and also top 10 Boston Red Sox “Nurse Hero.”  Lynch said as a Red Sox nurse, “We take care of the fans. There are three stations – home plate, green monster, and the first aid station. You rotate between the three places caring for the people in the stands.” Read more.

How long can it take for an STD to show signs? AANP member Maryalice Hardison provided answers for readers of the Yakima Herald-Republic column “Friends, Love and…”. She shared information about several diseases.

Viewers of a local news report in Dayton, Ohio, learned what causes a sore throat and several ways to treat it, thanks to AANP member Sarah Wilson. Watch her tips for allergy sufferers, patients with strep throat and more.

A direct health care model is taking root in La Conner, WA, thanks to AANP member Brianna Wilson, who became an NP to help increase patients’ access to care and help them prevent serious illness. Learn more about her NP-led clinic and business model.

AANP member Dr. Jackie Baer and Ana Verzone were recognized by Daily Nurse for their efforts to combat the rural health care crisis. According to the article, Verzone and Baer “have dedicated their careers to caring for the neglected and underserved populations in America’s rural regions.” Both are graduates of the Jonas Scholar program and credit that experience as inspiration for their philanthropic works.

An NP-led foot care clinic run by AANP member Jayne Hermes was featured in a local news article. Hermes reported that the care she provides has prevented amputations. She said, “I’ve never been appreciated more in my life, in 35 years of being a nurse. You look down a row of nurses, and all the nurses are smiling and all the patients are smiling.”

Congratulations to AANP member Merrily Mount who was honored by her community after 21 years of caring for patients at the South County Medical Clinic in Quilcene. According to a local news article, Mount will truly be missed by her patients and colleagues. Read more.

In a local news article, AANP member Lindsey Gillum addressed ways that parents can explain human reproduction to children in age appropriate ways. Gillum said, “”If you’re not talking with them I think they are going to seek out information so I wanted her to have info that I provided, rather than other people were providing her.”

AANP member Jane Hoover wrote a letter to the editor of her local newspaper that addressed the importance of being active and spending time in nature. Read her tips.

Congratulations to AANP member Tamarah Coffey who tied for the best pediatric care award in Victoria, TX. Coffey emphasized the importance of building relationships with her patients. Read the press release.

Hepatitis A is transmitted from person to person, AANP member Dr. Ruth Carrico told reporters covering an outbreak of the disease in Kentucky prior to the Kentucky Derby. Carrico said, “Anyone has the possibility of ingesting something that is contaminated with the microorganism.” Read the article, and watch the interview.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Wendy Fletcher, who was recently appointed to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. Read the press release.

An article about the difficulty patients face locating and accessing health care providers quoted AANP member Courtney Simmons, who conducted research that found practices were not accepting new patients or did not offer hours conducive to patients’ schedules. Simmons said, “The idea was that if you have private insurance, you have care, but I found that what I was seeing was that it wasn’t true. If that’s the case, that needs to change some assumptions on how we provide lower-cost care.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick spoke with MD Magazine about her decision to become an NP, practice restrictions, and more. Dr. Knestrick said of becoming an NP, “It was a great choice because I get to care for patients in the community and bring the nursing aspects of holistic, patient-centered care. At the same time, becoming an NP has afforded me the opportunity to be a force for change in the healthcare system, which needs more avenues for access to the high-quality care NPs bring to patients.” Knestrick wrote two blogs about autism recently:

Today, Knestrick met with the U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams. The two discussed the important role access to health care plays in creating healthy communities. In February, the Surgeon General spoke at AANP’s 2018 Health Policy Conference and noted the link between the economy and health care. AANP looks forward to our continued work with the Surgeon General’s office. Pictured below are AANP CEO David Hebert, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, and AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote a blog for 30 Seconds during Minority Health Month. According to Cooke, “For years, minority populations have experienced shorter life expectancies, gotten sicker earlier in life and experienced more fatal outcomes from disease.” Cooke discussed ways readers can help improve those health outcomes.

Underserved regions adapting to Medicaid expansion was the focus of an article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Tyson, Executive Director of the Health Wagon. “Anything we can do to put more boots on the ground here in Southwest Virginia is favorable,” Tyson said, “your longevity should not be determined by your zip code.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Whitney Nash and AANP member Sara Robertson who were recently featured in O Magazine and recognized for their work at Kentucky Racing Health Services Center. According to an article by the University of Louisville School of Nursing, Nash and Robertson’s NP-led clinic “has provided 18,000 patient visits to low-income thoroughbred racing industry workers and their families since opening its doors in 2005.”

AANP members Audra Vaughters, Tammy Martin, Lesa Parker and Dr. Deborah Dumphy were mentioned in an article about University of North Georgia family nurse practitioner students and faculty who provided health care to villagers in northern Belize. “The students were so inspired by the work done during this trip; they plan to serve again next year as licensed nurse practitioners and the lead medical mission physician was very excited about the prospect of their return,” Dumphy said.

Congratulations to AANP members Carmen J. Petrin and Mary Bidgood-Wilson, who were recognized with 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards from New Hampshire Magazine.  Petrin is motivated by her patients and said, “I am inspired by patients and families who tell me that I made a difference and had a positive impact on the quality of their lives.” Of her students’ successes, Petrin said, “These successes inspire me to continue learning and strive to be the best that I can be.” Similarly, Bidgood-Wilson indicated that her motivation and inspiration was derived from patients. “For 30 years I took care of people in my community,” Bidgood-Wilson said. “I had the privilege to be at many, many births.” Read more.

Tips on helping children cope with seasonal allergies were shared by AANP member Holly Zastudil in a local news article. According to Zastudil, “Allergies can start anywhere from three years old to twelve years old, the peak being between 10 and 12 years old.”

Help for underserved student populations will come in the form of AANP member Anna Brady, who has been asked to lead the school’s crisis prevention team.  Brady said, “We want to provide more wraparound services and prevention care, so students don’t get to the state of crisis.” Learn more.

While working as an intensive care nurse, AANP member Brianna Wilson was moved by patients’ lack of access to health care, and she was motivated to become a nurse practitioner. According to a local news article, Wilson now owns her own clinic in Washington state.

AANP member Nicole Mendoza also opened an NP-led practice in a rural area recently. According to a local news article, Mendoza “has lived in the region for 14 years and has been developing her integrative medicine practice since 2007.”

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 quoted in a Health Analytics article about ways that NPs and PAs add value to health care teams. According to Knestrick, ““We have over 244,000 NPs in the US today, and almost 80 percent practice in primary care,” she explained.  “A large percentage of those in primary care practice in rural and underserved areas. Coming from a nursing model, holistic care, prevention and health promotion are always the tenets of our profession.” Knestrick also authored a blog for 30 Seconds on childhood vaccines.

AANP Montana State Representative Keven Comer was quoted in a local news article that educated the public about dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Komer said, “For my patients, I usually tell them that for a woman you should have less than one drink a day or a maximum of seven drinks in a week or no more than two drinks in a setting. For men, it’s fourteen drinks in a week or it’s two drinks in a setting and no more than three drinks at a time.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, who recently accepted a Pitzer Family Foundation pledge of $3 million to The Ohio State University College of Nursing in memory of former faculty member and alumna, Dr. Martha S. Pitzer. In recognition of Dr. Pitzer’s passion for women and children’s health and pending The Ohio State University Board of Trustee approval, the family’s gift will establish the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth, and fund research targeting improvement of health and well-being outcomes of vulnerable populations. Learn more.

Purdue University School of Nursing featured AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Edwards in an article about her dual role as impassioned teacher and caregiver. According to the article, Edwards’ “enthusiasm and dedication to her students and patients has brought repeated accolades,” including the AANP State Award for Excellence.

Congratulations to AANP member Merrily Mount, who is retiring after 45 years in the health care field. Learn more about her exciting career.

A real world comparison of diabetes care by provider type was conducted by AANP member Patricia Marin, among others, and featured in an article for Cleaveland Clinic. Marin said, “When you look at busy internal medicine practices, there are a lot of issues surrounding access to care. Our research validates that nurse practitioners not only help improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, but also can help offset some of the workload of busy physicians, allowing them to see more high-acuity patients.”

“Public health always has been the safety net for those in our communities, large and small, where there are often few other options available. To say that direct client services are no longer needed in these communities is, at best, misinformed; at worst, it betrays mixed-up administrative priorities,” wrote AANP member Candace Norris in an Op-Ed for the Santa Fe New Mexican. Read more.

AANP member Peggy Akers was featured in a local news article after being named the AANP 2018 NP State Award for Excellence recipient in Maine. After serving as an Army nurse in Vietnam, Akers became a nurse practitioner and cared for a variety of underserved populations. According to the article, Akers indicated that “it is her good fortune to have made a career of aiding people in distress as a nurse practitioner.”

An article about Clemson nursing students who spent Spring Break providing health care in the Dominican Republic quoted AANP member Bailee McCarley.  The experience was momentous, according to McCarley, who did not know much Spanish prior to the trip. McCarley said, “Everyone knows what that smile is. It hit me. All these things are universal.”

AANP member Evan Minior helped bust three wound care myths in an article for Cleveland Clinic. Readers learned how to clean wounds, whether a wound should be covered, and whether a wound should be kept dry. According to Minior, “If a clinician has treated your wound but your condition hasn’t improved in 90 days, you should consider getting a second opinion…”

A study abroad program provided health care to patients in Tanzania. AANP member Andrea Knopp serves as the program coordinator and said, “Every year I go, it changes me. I think I see more clearly through the students’ eyes. It creates a drive in me to try to do the things that are going to be the most helpful to the Tanzanians rather than what I think they need. The most important aspect of the trip is learning to think outside yourself.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Heather Mason, who was recently selected to join the American Health Council Nursing Board. Read the press release.

An article about hyperbaric oxygen therapy quoted AANP member Christopher Nelson. “We use the hyperbaric oxygen therapy to try to regenerate tissue growth so that we have an improvement in the bone in that area and is also a regrowth of the tissue in that area. Hyperbaric oxygen is a therapy where we put a patient into a chamber where they receive 100% oxygen at pressures higher than the ambient atmosphere. Typically we use pressures of two to three atmospheres,” said Nelson.

Dr. Linda Summers and Dr. Stephanie Lynch, AANP members and co-authors of a study on stress-reduction aids for teens, were quoted in a news article about a program at New Mexico State University that implemented the use of sleeping pods to reduce stress in nursing students. According to the report, their research “focused on the use of two stress reduction devices – the EnergyPod and the SleepWing. Both devices provide users with a place to relax and sleep.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick authored several blogs on current health topics.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, AANP Immediate Past President, also wrote several blogs on current health issues.

Six steps were provided by AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens to relieve your overworked and underappreciated kidney. According to Dickens, “…your kidneys work tirelessly to process 200 quarts of blood every day, separating the good stuff from the bad and extracting roughly two quarts of waste and water. Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of blood in your body and in the process, control fluid levels and produce hormones that stimulate red blood cell production and regulate blood pressure.” Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker Dr. Baker was recently profiled by Modern Hero –  a new television series that “celebrates women who are shattering glass ceilings, both in their careers and in the world.” Watch the inspiring video to learn more about Baker, her amazing life and the positive impact she is making.

Congratulations to AANP member Maurice Graham was selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. Graham was featured in a local news article that highlighted his path to becoming a nurse practitioner. He served 22 years in the military and was the Director of Nursing for the Executive Medicine Department at one time. Graham said, “I had the great privilege of taking care of all the White House dignitaries, congressmen, and the vice president.”

Nurse practitioners often set healthy examples for their patients, and AANP member Caiti Kean is certainly practicing what she preaches. According to a local news article about Kean, after losing 100 pounds as a teen, she continued exercising and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon. Of running, Kean said, “Some days it’s great. Some days it’s a struggle. There are some days when the last thing I want to do is get up at 4 a.m. in 20 degree weather and run 10 miles.”

Jeff R. Buntin, an AANP member, was quoted in a local news article about adopting a healthy lifestyle to fight diabetes. Buntin shared common symptoms of diabetes and stressed the importance of exercising and making healthy food choices.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Dawn Nahrstedt, who was recently appointed to the American Health Council’s Board of Nurses. According to a press release about the honor, “Dr. Nahrstedt provides high-quality and compassionate care to each patient she treats… applies skills and expertise in nursing, chronic disease management, geriatrics and preventative care.”

A new telehealth program in Ohio was featured in a local news article and quoted AANP member Candy Rinehart. “Services will include more than basic health and wellness screening,” according to the article. “The program also allows access to mental health nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and other providers to support total patient care.”

Helping children avoid injuries during sports season begins with getting a physical, according to AANP member Cami Kesler. Warming up and using proper equipment were also among the tips she shared with readers.

Congratulations to AANP member Lori Economos, who was recently named Christina School District Nurse of the Year. According to a press release, Economos turned down the opportunity to be recognized multiple times, so administrators surprised her with the honor this year.

AANP member Leslie Moore was featured in an article about telehealth. Moore said patients appreciate the convenience and patient-centered aspects of virtual urgent care visits.

A fire district in Washington state is introducing a new home care program. AANP member and fire commissioner Virginia Lester was quoted in an article about the new program, which is designed to increase access to care for patients.

Congratulations to AANP Region 9 Director Dr. Karen Ketner, who was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Leadership Group. See the full list of awardees.

Congratulations to AANP member Katie Marker, who was recently named to the Union County Health Board in Indiana. AANP member Paulette Worcester also serves on the board. Read more.

An article about University of North Georgia family nurse practitioner students and faculty who traveled to Belize to care for patients in remote villages, mentioned AANP members Audra Vaughters, Tammy Martin, Lesa Parker and Dr. Deborah Dumphy. According to the article, the week-long trip “combined health care relief with the implementation of a research project titled, “Does an International Medical Mission Trip Enhance Cultural Competency in Health care Providers?”

Diabetes can be prevented or controlled, according to an article by AANP member Elizabeth Findley-Knapp. “Here is the good news,” Findley-Knapp said. “Patients can often cut their risk of diabetes by more than half.”

AANP members John Armbruster and Sheila Armbruster recently opened a new clinic in Missouri after learning that the clinic where Sheila worked was abruptly closing. The new primary care clinic was up and running within a week. Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Teri Moser Woo, who is the new director of the RN-to-BSN nursing program at Saint Martin’s University. “Dr. Woo brings in a wealth of experience in program development and management, strong relationships in the nursing education community, and a passion for the role of nursing education at a Catholic university. I am very excited about her joining us and look forward to the growth of this program in the near future,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences. Read the press release.

For Patient Safety Awareness Week, AANP member Dr. Nicholas Carte co-authored an article on patient safety that was published by Southern New Hampshire University. The article lists communication and culture as primary factors and encourages clinicians to promote an ongoing dialogue with patients. Polypharmacy as a safety concern for older patients was also discussed.

A Home Health Care News article about developing a business case for palliative and community-based care quoted AANP member Rachel Cardoza. The article described steps one health system took to increase patients’ access to care and indicated that “Proving the business case for offering palliative care in addition to other services could help provide a pathway for wider access and funding in the future.”

AANP member Elisabeth Volpert is “determined to increase primary care access and improve health outcomes,” according to an article by the University of Louisville. “Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen patients turned away because of a lack of primary care providers,” Volpert said. “There is a great opportunity for advanced practice nurses – who are highly educated and equipped to provide evidence-based primary care – to fill that gap.”

A new at-home DNA breast cancer test may not provide patients a complete analysis of their risk, according to an article that quoted AANP member Elisabeth King. “About half the patients we follow for high-risk actually have negative genetic testing,” King said, “but they still have this concerning family history that we can’t explain. We’re still worried about you even though we haven’t found the thing causing all of the cancer in your family.”

 

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 about more NPs practicing in low income areas quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who said recent findings by the University of Michigan “reinforce what we’ve seen across the 22 states that have modernized regulations to allow patients direct access to nurse practitioner care.” Knestrick indicated that nurse practitioners head to where they are needed most. Knestrick was also interviewed by Daily Nurse and shared her insights for those interested in pursing a career as a nurse practitioner. In her blog for 30 Seconds, Knestrick discussed a heart-healthy lifestyle and offered five tips to keep hearts healthy year-round.

AANP Texas (S) State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck also serves as Chair of the Alliance for Care Coordination of Children in Human Trafficking, an effort of the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Partners for Vulnerable Youth. Peck participated in a radio media tour to promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and reached an audience of more than 4.3 million people. Below are two selections from her media tour.

Approximately 87 percent of human trafficking survivors “were seen by health care providers while they were under the control of their traffickers, and 63 percent had been to the emergency department,” according to a recent blog by AANP member Sherri Mason. “Emergency departments are at the heart of a hospital’s response to [human] trafficking, but the most successful programs take an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach in their planning and implementation,” Mason indicated.

Congratulations to AANP member Vanessa Falwell, who was recently appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Health. Falwell said, “I am very honored to be entrusted with a position that I know affects the citizens of Arkansas. As a member of the State Board of Health, I will be able to give input on promoting better standards of health care.” Read more.

Is it depression, or just the winter blahs? AANP member Tracy Flynn explained in an Op-Ed for her local newspaper that only approximately half of people with depression have been diagnosed. According to Flynn, if people have symptoms that include “sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration,” they should visit a health care provider.

Laura Mason’s NP-led clinic was featured in a local news article. According to the article, the AANP member was “was one of the area’s first independent nurse practitioner in eastern Idaho. She was one of the first to offer bioidentical, plant based, hormones for hormonal therapy; and she was one of the first to offer platelet-rich plasma sexual therapies for woman and men in the area.” Read more.

AANP member Debby Greenlaw was featured in a local news article that described the new adventure she and her husband have begun. Weaving heritage into new hobbies, the Greenlaw’s are growing herbs and weaving and dying textiles in their “second act.”

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who recently received one of 27 Albuquerque Business First’s Women of Influence Awards. According to a press release, Lt. Col. Mocha Robinson, commander of the 377th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, presented Peacock’s award to her. Peacock served 13 years as a member of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps.

Minnesota is struggling through its worst flu season in ten years. In a local news article about influenza, AANP member Gwen Verchota shared habits that people should practice to remain healthy.

Spotlight on NPs

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

The 30 Seconds blog site recently featured articles on influenza and heart health from AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick and AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke. Read the articles below:

“Healthcare is an extremely personal experience,” said Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article about meeting the nursing demand through diversity. Knestrick said, “Patients want to have a relationship with their provider and cultural connections can help patients feel more comfortable in discussing their health concerns and issues.” The article also indicated that “For the past decade, the nursing profession has made diversity a priority. While the numbers in the profession… do not yet mirror the general population of the United States… solid efforts and strategies are at work to facilitate change.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Neiheisel, who will receive the Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award at the Lafayette’s Women’s Leadership Conference at the University of Louisiana next month. Learn more about the honor.

AANP member Jill Williams was quoted in an article about a new wireless heart monitor that is helping patients with congestive heart failure. According to Williams, patients should be educated about proper nutrition and “…how they need to take their medications. (Patients need) to adhere to a low-salt, or even a no-salt diet… If you eat a bunch of salt, you’re going to hang onto water. And when your heart is weak, it can’t handle the same volume that a normal person does.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Samantha Pehl, who was selected as an honoree in the 2018 DFW Great 100 Nurses Celebration. Pehl said, “I am honored by this recognition because I highly respect and admire the nurse who nominated me. I join a group of strong, passionate and powerful professionals. It is so gratifying to know I have touched so many in a positive manner.” Read more.

Cynthia White, an AANP member, helps lead a team that uses advanced stem-cell therapy to repair damaged joints and cartilage. According to an article about the clinic, “By injecting living stem cells, health professionals can stimulate the regrowth of cartilage that cushions bones at their joints, all without complicated surgeries or medications that merely mask the symptoms of joint deterioration.”

AANP member Suzanne Ehler was quoted in a local news article about a program she participated in to educate elementary school students about nutrition and CPR during American Heart Month. According to Ehler, “Students are very engaged, seem very excited to learn. These students are picking up the compressions pretty quickly, something is better than nothing.”

Congratulations to AANP member Nancy Uhland, who was recently awarded the American Association of Kidney Patients 2018 Medal of Excellence Award in the nursing category. According to an article about the recognition, “Uhland said her goal is to provide direct patient care and empower patients to be their own advocates. She said her passion for kidney health started as early as 1997, when she received her master’s degree and family practitioner degree at Georgetown University.” Uhland said, “Advancing my career was fully based on how I could have an even bigger voice for patient care. Direct patient care is key.”

“Small lifestyle changes make a big difference to improve your overall heart health, even after you have been diagnosed with heart disease,” according to AANP member Theresa Krueger-Junk. In an article during American Heart Month, Krueger-Junk listed seven major risk factors for heart health. Learn more about those factors and ways symptoms may vary depending on gender.

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.