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 Be sure to share your articles, photos and events with

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

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

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

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

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


Spotlight on NPs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight on NPs

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

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

Health Wagon Primary Care Community Research Leadership Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Health IT Week

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


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

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

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

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

Spotlight on NPs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 several articles for 30Seconds in the past two weeks:

Knestrick was also interviewed by Indeed and said that she loves the variety of opportunities that nursing presents. Knestrick recommended that employers “support changes in nurse practice acts to remove barriers for nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, to practice to the full extent of their license and their education is essential.”

AANP Fellow Louise O’Keefe was mentioned in an article about free flu shots being offered at the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Faculty and Staff Clinic during its 10th Anniversary Bash. “The clinic allows UAH faculty and staff to receive selected, on-site, high-quality health services,” said O’Keefe.

A local news article highlighted AANP member Carrie Haar and described her educational and career path. Describing her NP role, Haar said, “We follow a patient-centered model, focusing on disease prevention and health education. I have a passion for wellness, nutrition, supplementation and prevention. Medicine can be so focused on treating disease that we forget we can prevent it.” AANP member Dr. Billie Madler was also mentioned in the article.

The nursing shortage is not a partisan issue, according to AANP Fellow Dr. Sheldon Fields. “In this environment,” Fields wrote, “the skills of nurses — and specifically, advanced practice nurses — will be especially valuable. Averting any shortfall will require policies from Washington aimed at making the most of those who enter the nursing profession.”

AANP member Dr. William LaRock was mentioned in a Huffington Post article titled “Surviving AIDS: The Extraordinary Power of a Helping Hand.” According to the article, LaRock was credited with helping patients return to care, including at least one patient whose viral load is now undetectable once again.

In a local news article, AANP member Tina Pountney discussed the importance of baseline testing for student athletes who suffer concussions. Pountney indicated that “athletes and their parents need to understand the severity of concussions. Even though it’s tempting to get back on the field as soon as possible, repetitive concussions could lead to severe brain damage.”

A free seminar next week in Arden, NC, will feature AANP member Cherie Ledford, who will educate parents with teenage daughters about the benefits of gynecological care for those youths. Ledford will share advice on how parents can best address questions about healthy lifestyles, physical changes, sexuality, and more. Read the press release.

Atrial fibrillation patients in Idaho have a new clinic to help address their health care needs. AANP member Brandi Smith works at the clinic and said, “We brought about this clinic because we saw a huge need in the community, especially when we go to discharge our patients who were newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or had a history of atrial fibrillation and they didn’t have anyone to manage it.” Read more.

AANP member Jessica Estes was quoted in an article about the toll that the opioid crisis is taking on rural, older adults. Estes indicated that it is difficult for seniors to access alternative treatments for chronic pain, especially if they live in rural areas.

In an effort to care for the whole patient, Southeastern Louisiana University Health Center expanded services to include more walk-in services, HIV screenings, mental health services, and health promotion and education programming for students. AANP member Andrea Peevy told reporters that the purpose of the clinic is not just to treat strep throat or flu, but rather to offer health education and to keep students healthy.

Congratulations to AANP member Destiney Morgan, who was awarded the $2,500 Eileen S. and Earl C. Whittemore Jr. Scholarship by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Nurse’s Foundation. According to a press release, the award was established to provide annual scholarships in the field of health care with the emphasis on, but not limited solely to, nursing education, including holistic medicine and the mind, body and spirit.

AANP member Maryanne Swanson was mentioned in an article about the 2017 Campus Flu Vaccination Battle, a challenge designed to increase flu vaccination rates for people in Michigan. Swanson said, “This friendly competition has expanded this year to track the number of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans of OU who get immunized against influenza.  It was especially encouraging for me that President Pescovitz wanted to be first in line to kick off our campaign.”

Setting a healthy example for her patients, AANP member Stephanie Nottling recently completed her first Tough Mudder competition and is training for her first marathon. What an inspiration! Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Billie Anderson, who was recently elected to the American Health Council Nursing Board. Read the press release.

Positive Pathways is a new mental health medication management clinic owned and operated by AANP member Sabrina Carter. According to a press release, “The clinic offers comprehensive assessments that address the whole person’s needs and goals across the life span, a partner in the treatment planning process, individualized services tailored to their plans, and services designed to support hope, resilience and recovery.”

AANP member Allison Norful was among the authors of “Nurse practitioners as primary care providers with their own patient panels and organizational structures: A cross-sectional study,” published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Read more about their findings in this Newswise article.

Congratulations to AANP member Wendy Wood Neeson who is the new Edward A. Whitney Endowed Nursing Chair for the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Learn more.


Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson was quoted in an Associated Press story (also published in the New York Times) about people who seek free health care at an annual Remote Area Medical Clinic in Appalachia. Tyson and AANP Fellow Dr. Paula Meade lead the Health Wagon, a mobile clinic that serves patients in that area.

Want to learn more about the life of a women’s health nurse practitioner? AANP Fellow Barb Dehn shared her story in the Merck for Mothers blog. Dehn said, “It’s an honor to be invited into a woman’s life at any time, and especially during pregnancy. As a health care provider and a nurse practitioner, I take that very seriously.”

Congratulations to AANP member Meredith Green, who was recently named vice president and chief nursing officer for Washington Regional Medical System in northwest Arkansas. Read the press release.

AANP member Lacey Eden was quoted in an article urging parents to vaccinate their children. According to the article, failure to vaccinate children endangers others.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Cheryl Nelson, who recently advanced to professor of nursing at Allegany College of Maryland. Nelson directs the college’s nurse-managed wellness center. Read the press release.

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Texas (S) State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck lives in the Houston area and was featured in nearly twenty television and radio interviews about the work she is doing to help patients in need after Hurricane Harvey and the historic flooding it caused. Interviews currently available to the public include:

AANP President Dr. Joyce Kenstrick shared four things you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Knestrick also warned of health risks related to flood waters.

Congratulations to AANP Maine State Representative Dr. Valerie J. Fuller who was recently elected to serve as the Area IV Director of the National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing. Fuller also serves as board president of the Maine State Board of Nursing. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Apold and AANP member Dr. Bernadette Sosnowski discussed whether there should be laws mandating nurse practitioner to patient ratios in the current edition of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners‘ “Point Counterpoint” column.

Wildfires in California are producing smoke and ash that “can exacerbate symptoms for people who have asthma and allergies, including shortness of breath, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throats and dry coughing,” according to AANP member Lihong Lin in an article published by The Sentinel. Lin suggested wearing a mask and staying indoors as ways to minimize risk.

In an article for parents of school aged children, AANP member Melissa Prouty said, “At the beginning of the school year kids are particularly susceptible to any viral illness due to the change in their schedule. To help keep kids healthy, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and good hygiene are critical.”

AANP member Kerrie Baker has been gathering medications and supplies to take to Rockport, Texas, an area that was impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Baker lives and works there during part of the year, and she said, “These people need help. They have lost absolutely everything that they have worked so hard for. If they didn’t pack it when they were evacuated, then they don’t have it.” Read more.

Be prepared for flu season with tips from AANP member Betsy Diaz. In a local news report, Diaz urged people to get vaccinated and said, “One of the main things people can do to prevent the flu is that if you are sick you need to stay at home avoid other people during that time that you’re sick with symptoms.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke and AANP member Dr. Rebecca Bates were featured in an AARP article about the nurse practitioner role. “We need more clinicians,” Cooke said. “There is never a shortage of patients.”

Editor of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) and AANP Fellow Dr. Charon Pierson and AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick were quoted in a press release about Wolters Kluwer becoming the new publisher of JAANP.

A special edition of JAANP focused on professional development for nurse practitioners. A press release distributed by Advanced Practice Education Associates indicated that AANP Fellow Dr. Amelie Hollier wrote an article for that issue, demonstrating her expertise in, and commitment to, professional growth for all NPs. The issue’s guest editors, AANP Fellows Dr. Judith A. Berg, Dr. Rodney W. Hicks,  and Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts said the issue was intended to “add to the preparation of a new generation of NPs armed to do battle against obstacles raised by other professional groups and even by those from nursing professionals within.”

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 several articles this week that increased awareness of the importance of immunizations. Read her “Healthy Habits: Ask a Nurse Practitioner” column on Motherhood Moments, and articles on that explained why vaccines are helpful and provided five reasons why parents should have their children immunized.

Dr. Sheldon Fields, an AANP Fellow, wrote an article published by The Hill that encouraged lawmakers to work together to find a solution to “America’s looming nurse shortage. Fields indicated that there is “ample precedent for rolling back” regulations that are outdated and prevent nurse practitioners from practicing at the top of their education and clinical preparation.

In the Huffington Post‘s Black Voices column, AANP Fellow Capt. James Dickens offered readers four ways to tackle mental illness. Eliminating stigmas associated with mental health was at the top of Dickens’ list. Read more.

A new protocol developed by AANP member Adria Whiting “has resulted in an astounding 71 percent drop in hospital readmission rates for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients at Fairmont nursing home.” In a local news article about the success of this protocol, Whiting said, “It was a glaring opportunity for improvement. Staff education is the key.”

Nurse practitioners increase access to care for patients who desperately need it. For example, AANP member Denise Lucas works for a clinic in Ohio that provides care to uninsured and underinsured patients. In an article about the clinic’s expansion, Lucas said, “We are in need of providers who care about the patients. I have a Medicaid patient who told me she doesn’t want to go anywhere else because we care about her. We know them as a person. We know our community and our community resources. The need in the Ohio Valley is so significant and we are seeing a growing number of patients.”

Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone, according to AANP member Dr. Joanne Brown. “When poisonous toxins are released into the bloodstream, they can damage tissue skin and harm vital organ functions, such as lung, liver, and renal,” said Brown. “Risk factors for TSS are recent childbirth, skin infections, cuts and burns, wound infection after surgery, viral infections, like flu or chickenpox, using foreign body items such as contraceptive sponges, diaphragms, super absorbent tampons and nasal packings.” Learn more

“Last year, nearly 20 out of 100,000 people in Chester County [Pennsylvania] died of a drug-related overdose, according to recently released figures by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency… and 78% of Pennsylvania counties had overdose death rates higher than the national average,” reported Southern Chester County Weeklies. Fentanyl was associated with approximately half of those deaths. AANP member Patricia Allen, indicated that fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than heroin and costs less. Allen said, “People really have to understand what’s out there right now.  This is only going to get worse before it gets better.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula E.S. Hill of the Health Wagon, recipients of the 2017 Advanced Primary Care Leadership award presented by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Organization. “The Health Wagon is highly honored to receive such a prestigious award that recognizes our commitment to rural and public health,” said Tyson. “Primary care is essential to the health and well-being of any community.” Read the press release.

In an article about the passing of Millie Fincke who helped found LifeFlight, AANP Fellow Denise Ramponi describes how Fincke mentored and encouraged Ramponi to become a nurse practitioner and write a chapter in a book on advanced nursing practices. Our condolences are extended to those whose lives were touched by Fincke. Read more.

AANP member Barbra Bachmeier was quoted in an article about nurses who are furthering their education in the area of forensic nursing to help those who have suffered from sexual abuse and assault. According to Bachmeier, “Research in this area of sexual assault is evolving and how we collect evidence, what is best for the patient, and really the outcome is what is going to give us the greatest patient outcome and what is going to be healthy for the patient so that is our ultimate goal.”

Approximately 35,000 eclipse viewers in Casper, WY, had convenient access to first-aid thanks to health care providers staffing clinics set up in tents for the event. AANP member Monica Janssen ran one of the tents, and she was quoted in a Casper Star Tribune article about the temporary clinics.

AANP member Dr. Victoria Britson is the principal investigator of a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will help improve access to rural health care in South Dakota. Britson said, “This project is intentionally designed to address the gap in primary care providers for rural and underserved areas, by providing education and clinical experiences for our family nurse practitioner students that focuses on the unique role and skill set of the rural provider.” Learn more.