Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson Baker, pictured below, who was recently awarded the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaboration (PCPCC) Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award. The award was presented by AANP CEO David Hebert, also pictured below. Watch a video about Dr. Baker and her work.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: What Goes Up Must Eventually Come Down, written by AANP North Dakota State Representative Dr. Jenna Herman, was recently published by Contemporary Clinic Pharmacy Times. Herman wrote, Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) “is a common and well-known diabetes complication. Because half of DKA hospital admissions can be prevented, it is important to have a collaborative relationship with patients’ endocrinologists or primary care providers for ongoing management of their diabetes.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen, who recently became a member of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value. Jensen is a past president of AANP and currently serves as the liaison for national APRN policy for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the press release and page 11 of this collection of bios for additional details.

AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun was among the committee members and authors of the 2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol, a report from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. The report was published by the American Heart Association Journals.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Danielle Howa Pendergrass, who was recently selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pendergrass previously served as an AANP State Representative for Utah. View the list of new Culture of Health Leaders participants.

On November 7, President Dr. Joyce Knestrick visited the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The following day, Knestrick was honored to attend a round table meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. We look forward to ongoing discussions with HHS. Pictures from both events are below.

Knestrick recently wrote several timely blogs that were published.

AANP Fellow and past president Dr. Cindy Cooke also wrote blog posts that were published recently.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch, who recently received the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing. Read more about Rasch’s admirable career.

AANP Fellow Dr. Doreen Cassarino recently appeared as a featured alumna in Florida Atlantic University’s Transforming Care magazine. See page 28 for details.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators recently highlighted AANP Fellow Dr. Michelle Litchman in a member profile. Litchman said, “As a N.P. and diabetes educator, I appreciate really getting to know my patients with diabetes. Together, we celebrate successes, work through struggles, and ultimately team up to support health.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “Having experienced the trauma of being alone with my mother when she sneezed and died from a hemorrhagic stroke in front of me at 15 years old,” Melnyk said, “I am deeply committed to the forum’s cause in preventing heart attacks and strokes.” Read more about Melnyk’s new, elected role.

In an article about ways that drug therapy helped a man recover from opioid addiction, AANP member Christine Harsell discussed how Suboxone can help some patients. According to Harsell, “It’s really heartening to have another tool to offer patients who are really suffering. It helps the patient buy time.”

A local news report about diabetes featured AANP member Sara Wilson and referenced a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study that found diabetes affects approximately 30 million Americans. Watch the report.

Congratulations to AANP member Diana Williams, who was recognized as a 2018 Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 recipient. According to an announcement about the awards, “Williams is the owner and CEO of Precision Wellness Center, which is a functional medicine and anti-aging clinic focused on improving clients’ quality of life.”

Hormone therapy can help some women as they age, according to AANP member Dana Hull, who hosted a recent seminar on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. According to Hull, women “might have symptoms that indicate a hormone imbalance, including low energy, weight gain, muscle atrophy, hair loss, depression, anxiety, mood swings, trouble sleeping, hot flashes and night sweats. The only way to be sure you’re a candidate for hormone-replacement therapy is through a blood test.”

An article about the expansion of a palliative care program mentioned AANP members Theresa Latorre-Tegtmeier and Suzette Flores. “I love being there for patients and families to provide education and options,” said Flores. “What I find is patients really appreciate the time we take to talk to them about what is important regarding their health.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Julie Miller, who was recently appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Learn more.

An article educating the public about pneumonia symptoms in children quoted AANP member Dr. Katie Mysen, who said, “In developed countries, the incidence is 33 cases of pneumonia for every 10,000 children under the age of five. Symptoms of pneumonia in infants and young children can be subtle and can include the combination of fever and cough. Prior to a cough, kids might be breathing faster or have difficulty breathing.”

Nutrition and weight loss myths were recently debunked by AANP member Carol Rowsemitt. What’s the best way to lose weight? Are all calories the same? Rowsemitt has the answers. Read more.

Dr. Kristen Marie Guida, an AANP member, recently went on a medical mission to Les Abricots, Grand‘Anse , Haiti. She traveled to this austere location & provided primary care to the local residents of this community. Dr. Guida personally evaluated and treated 159 patients in the clinic during her week in the clinic. In the photo, local school children came up to her to thank her for her assistance in the community.

Kristen Guida in Haiti

Get your flu shot now, urged AANP member Katherine Davis. “It’s very important, because there are often complications that are associated with the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and those types of things, even death, so it’s really worth it to come in and get your flu vaccine.” Davis also stressed the importance of hand hygiene to prevent transmission of influenza. Read more.

AANP member Megan Fjellander was mentioned in an article about a patient who survived a severe bout of influenza and is now encouraging people to get a flu shot. Read and share this important patient experience.

Congratulations to AANP members Kathy Hager and Leslie Scott, who were among eight recipients of the University of Louisville’s Nightingale Awards. The honorees were recognized for their work serving vulnerable groups and shaping the next generation of nurses. Learn more.

Read Breaking Barriers and Building Up Advanced Practice at University of Colorado Hospital by AANP member Dr. Jennifer Rodgers to learn more about ways she has overcome challenges to create opportunities for advanced practice providers. Rodgers addressed ways to break down silos, standardize promotions, create change within complex systems and more.

Congratulations to AANP member Jason Hewett, who received the September DAISY Award from McLeod Regional Medical. According to a press release, Hewett was nominated by Kellie James for care he provided her niece, Sierra. “To say that Jason was amazing in caring for Sierra is an absolute understatement,” James said. “Words cannot express our gratitude for his professionalism, compassion, patience, understanding, communication, knowledge, empathy and love shown to her during those hours of care, which extended well beyond his shift.”

Congratulations to AANP member Amanda Brill, who was recently elected to serve on the University of Colorado Hospital’s (UCH) medical board. According to a press release, Brill “is believed to be one of the few Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in the country to serve as an elected member at-large on a hospital medical executive committee.”

A local news story highlighted AANP member Addison Zaya and her passions for playing volleyball and helping people. Zaya was able to do both at Midland College. “Any team sport forces you to know, trust and rely on each other,” said Zaya. “Those lessons carry over into every aspect of life, especially health care.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Colorado State Representative Dr. Michelle Edwards was featured by Elsevier as a Nurse Leader. Edwards told Elsevier, “Without question, the future for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced practice providers (APPs) is quite promising. The demand for these providers has never been higher, and not without good reason. There is substantial evidence to show APPs increase patient satisfaction and have patient outcomes equivalent or superior to physician outcomes in primary care. And when deployed strategically, APPs not only expand the therapeutic reach of the care team through improved access, they add revenue to the bottom line! The value of the APP role is undeniable.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker, who recently received a 2018 Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Baker was recognized for starting “the first nurse practitioner-owned house call practice in Louisiana in order to improve access to primary care.” She authored Housecalls 101, “a best-selling book, that outlines how to start a successful house call practice. published an article about Baker and her “Nola the Nurse” children’s book collection. They also discussed her efforts to care for patients affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Congratulations to AANP Louisiana State Representative Dr. Sattaria Dilks, who will soon become president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). According to a press release, Dilks will begin her term of office in late October.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs that were recently published by 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Before Congress passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, AANP Indiana State Representative Angela Thompson was quoted in an article about the bill. Thompson urged legislators to, “Retire that sunset clause so it would be indefinitely that nurse practitioners and physician assistants could provide those services.”

Karen Bensinger and Nancy Crane-Roberts are AANP members who were among the authors of a recent article about ways that full practice authority for NPs in Pennsylvania could help patients. According to the authors, “There is overwhelming evidence that full scope of practice for nurse practitioners would improve health in Pennsylvania. A report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Duke University School of Law concluded that granting Pennsylvania’s nurse practitioners full-practice authority would benefit Pennsylvanians by increasing access to comparable or better health care at lower costs and would save at least $6.4 billion within the next 10 years.”

Congratulations to AANP member Sandra “Sam” Christensen (pictured below), who recently received the Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award from the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). The award recognizes an individual who has made continuing contributions to OMA. As an advocate for the OMA and for her patients, she always takes the initiative and puts her heart into projects, most recently: helping to develop the primary care obesity certificate program for NPs and PAs. Christensen and AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden were both invited speakers at the Obesity Medicine Summit held in Washington, D.C.


Daily Nurse published an article about ways to honor veterans with innovative nursing care, and AANP member Dr. Shannon Munro was mentioned. Munro and her team have “significantly reduced the risk of developing hospital-acquired pneumonia by providing consistent oral hygiene during hospital admissions,” according to the author.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may be the answer to the health care provider shortage in Hawaii, according to AANP member Bryan Chin. In his letter to the editor, Chin suggested that health care organizations in Hawaii could establish residency type programs for new NPs to “retain more providers, save on costs and fill the shortage gap, which will otherwise only get larger as our community population grows.”

After Hurricane Florence, health care volunteers like AANP member Leah Stewart helped patients in North Carolina access the care they need. Read more about the relief efforts.

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease—they’re 2-3 times more likely to die of heart disease or to have a stroke, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” MD Magazine reported in an article about cardiovascular outcomes for patients with diabetes. The article quoted AANP member Lucia Novak, who said, “I tell my patients ‘it’s not just about your sugar, sugar. Diabetes to me is heart disease, and so when I’m looking at treating the diabetes I have to take into consideration this underlying heart disease that they likely have.” Novak shared ways that clinicians can help bridge gaps in diabetes care.

AANP member Dr. Olivia Newby was featured in an article about diabetes prevention efforts at her health care clinic. The report said, “A doctor of nursing practice, she is a crusader for diabetes prevention focused on the disproportionally high rate in African Americans. Her Healthy Living Center in Norfolk is one of only five programs in Virginia that has achieved full recognition for diabetes prevention by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

During a local patient education event, AANP member Rachel Gray shared tips to help patients with diabetes and kidney disease thrive. Gray said, “To avoid things like kidney disease, or gastroparesis, try to reduce sugary foods and keep blood pressures normal. Blood sugar is controlled by exercising. If you want to eat cake, a better option would be a sponge cake with some freshly cut fruit on top. Moderation is key.” Read more.

In an article encouraging readers to get their flu shot, AANP member Hannah Anderson told reporters, “There are several reasons people may get sick after receiving the flu shot. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to work, so if you’re exposed to the virus during that time, you can still fall ill.”

A partnership between a local school district and hospital makes it possible for children to receive well-child check-ups, patient education and other health care services from a clinic at their elementary school. Healthy children learn better, according to an article about the clinic, which featured AANP member Anne NorwoodLearn 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. Scharmaine Baker and AANP member Capt. Beverly Dandridge who were recently honored by the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Baker received the Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Dandridge was recognized as the Uniformed Services Nurse of the Year. Learn more.

A comprehensive educational program designed to combat opioid overdose was developed by AANP Fellow Dr. Gina Dahlem and highlighted by The Michigan Daily. Dahlem said, “We have an opioid epidemic and naloxone is an antidote. To reverse it, we need people alive, therefore I believe training to have people respond to overdose has made a huge impact in the counties. Our motto is, ‘Dead people do not recover.’”

In a meet the expert blog post for Mayo Clinic, AANP Fellow Dr. Amanda Chaney discussed her work related to liver transplants. Chaney also shared information about her partnership with Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and said, “I want other nurse practitioners and physician assistants to know there is so much more opportunity to make a difference than just your day job; including quality improvement work, education, and research.”

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Broglio, an AANP member who received the 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) award and was recently interviewed by AANP. Learn more about Broglio’s experience as a NIDA grant recipient, and apply for the 2019 NIDA grant opportunity by October 17.

A recent discussion paper on ways to implement optimal team-based care to reduce clinician burnout was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Corbridge. The authors concluded that “High-functioning health care teams come in a variety of compositions, yet all possess key features that make them successful. High-functioning teams have tremendous potential to promote clinician well-being, which is foundational to effective and efficient health care.” You may also access additional information about the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and resources for clinicians.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several blogs for 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, who recently received a Zia Award from the University of New Mexico Alumni Association in recognition of tremendous accomplishments that have made a significant positive impact on the university, her community and beyond. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Diane Snow was among the guest editors of the Journal of Addictions Nursing’s special edition on nursing and the opioid crisis. In a guest editorial, Snow shared clinical pearls that could help improve outcomes for patients who use opioids. Snow concluded, “We each bear a responsibility to take action to address opioid problems wherever we work, wherever we have influence.” Read a press release about the special edition.

Get your flu shots now, AANP member Kayla Johnson urged readers of the Times Free Press. Johnson said, “The flu is more than just a ‘bad cold.’ Many people are hospitalized and/or die from the flu every year.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Virginia Prendergast knew that she wanted to be a nurse when she toured a hospital at the age of five. Forty years ago, Prendergast began working for that hospital where she now heads a special team of neuroscience nurses. Learn more about Prendergast’s passion for nursing.

How do you take over management of a patient whose previous clinician prescribed high-dose opioids? AANP member Theresa Mallick-Searle drew upon her more than 15 years of experience in pain management to answer that question for readers of Practical Pain Management. Read Mallick-Searle’s recommendations.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was recently awarded one of two 2018 Hillman Emergent Innovation grants. Melnyk is the principal investigator for a study that will examine ways to turn sick care into well care for homebound older adults and their pets. Learn more about the grant.

AANP member Lonnie Orman was highlighted in the Muskogee Phoenix for his work to nurture others both as a nurse practitioner and as a pastor. Orman said that he became an NP because he “… wanted to be a provider of care, not only a caregiver.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

Opioid overdose awareness was the subject of a talk that kicked off a new Penn State Shenango Nursing Program lecture series. AANP member Dr. Joan Humphrey was among the presenters and said, “With the ever-increasing concern about opioid overdose in our area, we feel it is so important to continue to bring awareness to our community. If hearing what one of us has to say can help save or give support to someone who is addicted or to someone whose loved one is suffering because of opioid abuse, then we have done our job as health care and emergency care providers and will continue to hold these types of programs until this epidemic is no longer an issue.” Learn more.

Michelle AndersonCongratulations to AANP member Michelle Anderson, who was recently voted the best doctor of Bonner County Idaho for the fifth year in a row in a contest conducted by the Bonner County Daily Bee. Anderson owns an NP-led clinic and is the first NP to serve on the board of directors for Bonner General Health. Anderson also received the 2018 AANP Idaho State Award for Excellence NP Advocate Award in June. A snapshot of the recognition is on the left.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a Labor Day themed blog for Thrive on indications that your job might be causing excessive stress levels. Read Knestrick’s six signs that job burnout is making you unhealthy.

Congratulations to AANP member Mary Vigeant, who was commended by the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association (NHNPA) for her efforts to “change hospital bylaws to include NPs as fully credentialed medical staff members.” According to NHNPA, Vigeant worked with her colleagues to propose bylaws changes that were recently passed and implemented, allowing NPs to “hold any office within the Medical Staff and to be credentialed as voting members of any Medical Staff committee.” 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 recently for the popular blogs 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, an AANP Fellow and past president, wrote several articles for the 30 Seconds blog site.

The United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign was highlighted by AANP Fellow Dr. Deborah Gray and Janice Hawkins in an article about ways members of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing are making a global impact one vaccine at a time. Several AANP members have also become Shot@Life Champions. Read more about ways AANP members have supported Shot@Life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Robin Lawson, who recently received a $650,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the BAMA-Care program at the University of Alabama, which will prepare NPs to increase access to care for patients in Alabama. In an article about the program, Lawson said, “We will create longitudinal immersive clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas for our family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students to facilitate their employment in those same settings upon graduation.” Lawson was also featured by Daily Nurse as the Nurse of the Week for her work creating BAMA-Care. Listen to the short interview.

AANP member Bradley Bigford shared insights about his house calls business on the Idaho Matters program broadcast by a local NPR station. Bigford explained the importance of removing a variety of barriers to health care access in order to improve patients’ health. Bigford also discussed the NP role and shared information about the services that NPs provide. highlighted the importance and scarcity of advanced practice nurses (APNs) who specialize in geriatric care and quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie Sabol.  “Nationwide, less than 1 percent of nurses are certified as geriatric nursing specialists and only 10 percent of medical schools require geriatric care training,” Sabol said. “In addition, since changes were made to integrate adult and geriatric populations into one graduate-level NP curriculum, geriatric specialization was eliminated. As a result, the numbers of gerontological specialists, including clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, are dwindling.”

Residencies for NPs were the topic of a Hartford Courant article that quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Flinter and AANP member Nichole Mitchell. “It’s a very difficult transition to go from excellent nurse practitioner training to full scope-of-practice provider,” said Flinter. “There’s a lot of debate within the [NP] community,” said Knestrick. “We already have good outcomes to show that our current educational system has been effective. So I’m not really sure what the benefit is for residencies.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teena McGuinness and Tess Judge-Ellis and AANP members Lt. Col. (retired) Jess Colohan and Dr. Brenda Marshall, who are among nine exceptional psychiatric-mental health nurses selected to receive 2018 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Awards. According to a press release, the awardees included “nurses who have served three tours in Iraq, originated a nationally recognized training program on treating schizophrenia, and brought psychiatric-mental health education to rural, underserved areas.”

AANP member Joe Flores was recently interviewed by Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing and featured in a Nursing Notes podcast. Flores is both a family nurse practitioner and an attorney focusing on health care law and medical negligence.

In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, women in Toledo, Ohio, are being encouraged to sign up for mammograms. “It is always a good idea to talk about it [breast cancer] because you can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be screened,” AANP member Jill Johnson told reporters. “If the breast cancer is caught early, which is the purpose of any screening, the chances of treating it and surviving it are much higher than obviously a late found or an advance stage breast cancer.”

Veronica Southerland is a member with an entrepreneurial spirit. She lost $4 million after changes in the health care landscape sent her home care business spiraling and is building a new business on hydration therapy. Learn more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

The Center for Health Journalism recently published an article about the ability of NPs to solve the primary care provider shortage in the U.S. The article quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick and referenced a study conducted by AANP member Dr. Hilary Barnes. The study examined the “the proportion of NPs, physicians and physician assistants in both rural and nonrural primary care practices from 2008 to 2016. By the end of that period, NPs made up more than 25 percent of providers in rural practices, up from 17.6 percent in 2008.”

Another article about the important role NPs play in delivering primary care quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Jane Hanson. “The human factor is vital…,” said Hanson. “It’s important we see every patient as an individual and respect their belief system. We make it clear that we treat the patient versus just treating disease.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Charon Pierson, who received the The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication at the 2018 meeting of the International Academy of Nursing Editors. The award recognizes outstanding achievements or contributions by an editor in pursuit of excellence in nursing publication. Dr. Pierson was selected from a field of 12 nominees for the annual award. In presenting the award, INANE officers cited her track record of publishing in her specialty area as well as serving as journal editor, her record of consulting with schools and developing students as authors, and her active involvement and leadership in COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics. Additional details will be shared soon.

In response to an Op-Ed, AANP member Carol Tanzio wrote a letter to the editor that was published by a local Pennsylvania newspaper. The letter defended the role of nurse practitioners and clarified several points of contention related to prescriptive authority, collaborative agreements and the prescription of controlled substances. Tanzio cited a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine with data that suggested “…NPs are more conservative in prescribing a controlled substance than their physician counterparts.”

A study conducted by AANP member Mary Pasquinelli and others found that national lung cancer screening guidelines are insufficient for minorities. The study was recently published in JAMA Oncology, and it was highlighted in The American Journal of Managed Care. Pasquinelli concluded, “Although lung cancer screening is effective, these data show that the guidelines should incorporate more expansive, risk-based screening in order to address racial disparities in lung cancer outcomes.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson Baker and AANP member Dr. Jessica Harrison who were recognized by for their entrepreneurial efforts to redefine affordable health care. According to the article, Baker is a business owner, clinician, author, publisher and instructor. Harrison is also the owner of an NP-led practice and increases patients’ access to care through telehealth and mobile health visits.

Advanced trauma training was recently provided to National Guardsmen by AANP member Christopher Powe and the Global Training Institute (GTI). Powe is a founding partner of GTI, and according to a local news article about the training, “GTI gives the high speed and intensity that national guardsmen and others in the armed forces have to one day be prepared for. This includes everything from smoke to loud music and even surgery on cadavers in the dark.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Paul Coyne, who was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review among the Rising Stars: 90 Health Care Leaders Under 40. Coyne co-founded Inspiren, a health care startup that created an artificial intelligence patient safety monitoring and staff engagement platform.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds about immunizations. Read Are Childhood Vaccines Helpful or Harmful? Here Are 4 Things Parents Need to Know!

Amanda Wyatt is an AANP member and clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes management program for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health working to prevent diabetes for Native Americans. A recent article in the Muskogee Phoenix reported on recent patient education efforts, and Wyatt told them, “We primarily do a lot of coaching of the patients and creating an environment for them where we monitor their physical activities, their coping skills and look at the medications they’re taking — we build a rapport with the patient. If we’re not getting good results, we take a different route.”

A free symposium on tips for advance care planning will feature AANP member Karin McDonald, a palliative care nurse practitioner. According to a press release, topics will include, “advance directives, palliative vs. hospice care, estate planning, funeral and burial options, writing your own obituary and much more.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Chris Winkelman, who was awarded an American Association of Critical-Care Nurses/Sigma Theta Tau Grant titled, Does Nursing Certification Contribute to Implementing Mobility Interventions? Winkelman said she will be attending the AANP National Conference in June 2019 and she “looks forward to participation by the members of AANP to help discover whether certification in a population focus at the advanced nursing practice level influences practice in intensive care units. Additional details will be shared soon.

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Spotlight on NPs

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

Forbes shared insights from a study conducted by AANP members Bernadette Fulweiler and Dr. Rita John that found mind-body practices like meditation and yoga may help teens with anxiety. The Forbes article indicated that the authors found, “A growing body of evidence supports the implementation of mind-body practices as a low-risk and cost-effective strategy in the management of adolescents with anxiety. Biofeedback, mindfulness, yoga, and hypnosis are all promising forms of mind and body practices in the battle against rising rates of adolescent anxiety. The literature supports the use of mind and body practices in the home, the classroom, and in clinical settings.” Eureka Alert also published an article about the study and highlighted the important role that NPs play in screening adolescents for anxiety and “creating a personalized plan to combat anxiety, when present.”

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

AANP Fellow and recent past president Dr. Cindy Cooke told readers of 30 Seconds that there are several great reasons to opt for a staycation instead of planning a getaway. In addition to saving money, Cooke reassured readers that staycations could be a rewarding and relaxing option.

Congratulations to Sara Kavalauskas, an AANP member who was recently appointed to the American Health Council Board of Nurses. A press release about the appointment commended Kavalauskas for her “clinical proficiency and commitment to patient care during her 19 years in the healthcare industry.”

Preprocedural checklists can improve patient satisfaction in interventional radiology departments, according to a study conducted by AANP member Dr. Valerie White and published in the Journal of Radiology Nursing. Radiology Business reported that White wrote, “Workflow efficiency in interventional radiology is exceptionally challenging because of the mixture of inpatients and outpatients being scheduled throughout the day, using the same rooms, for procedures of fluctuating lengths. Efficiency is a crucial issue for revenue stream in for-profit organizations, and improved efficiency allows more procedures to be executed for the same cost in not-for-profit institutions.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Anna Hamrick, who was recently recognized by Great 100, Inc. as a “Great 100 Nurse” for 2018. According to a press release about the honor, “A Great 100 nurse is a registered nurse who is exceptional for accomplishments in the workplace and in the community.”

Heat related illnesses are a growing concern, and AANP member Justin Shannon advised members of his community to prepare for exposure to the heat. Shannon recommended that people seek shade, when possible, and that they drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Congratulations to AANP member Ron Byrd, who recently opened a new NP-led clinic in Arizona. Learn more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

“Nurse practitioners have been stepping up to keep truckers healthy and our roads safe,” according to Jennifer L.W. Fink, who recently wrote two articles that featured several AANP members and their role in performing DOT health exams for truck drivers. The articles and a new podcast, featuring AANP Fellow Wendy Paracka, were created in collaboration with Charting Nursing’s Future—a project of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Listen to the HealthCetera podcast. Read the articles: Nurse Practitioners Help Keep the Roads Safe–Why Not the Rails and Skies? and Nurse Practitioners Help Truckers Keep on Trucking.

NPs provide a viable health care option, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick told WIBW News in an interview about We Choose NPs, AANP’s new public awareness campaign. “Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who then have additional education at the masters or doctoral level,” said Knestrick. “Nurse practitioners assess, we make a treatment plan, we prescribe medications, we order tests, all of those things and we also focus on prevention.” For more information about AANP’s public awareness campaign, visit

Recent blogs by Knestrick and AANP past president Dr. Cindy Cooke include the following:

Congratulations to AANP Fellow and North Carolina House of Representatives member Gale Adcock, who recently received the American Nurses Association Barbara Thoman Curtis Award in recognition of Adcock’s decades of political work impacting policy and nursing practice.


Picture courtesy of the North Carolina Nurses Association via Twitter

Congratulations to AANP Massachusetts State Representative Dr. Nancy O’Rourke, who recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. O’Rourke was nominated for the honor in recognition of her outstanding career, which includes decades of clinical practice and health policy leadership to help advance the professional role and practice of nurse practitioners. Learn more about the award.

Contemporary Pediatrics recently featured an article by AANP Fellow Dr. Donna Hallas about strategic ways to avoid diagnostic errors. In addition to examining root causes, Hallas asserted that “Problem-based education is the key to prevention of diagnostic errors.” According to Hallas, “Educators must facilitate student discovery and excite students to be inquisitive, active learners searching for scientific evidence to support all decisions.”

The diagnosis of a rare tropical disease caught the attention of local news reporters, who highlighted the role AANP member Brett Auclaire and her colleague Becky Traquair played in treating the patient. The chikungunya diagnosis was the first in the U.S. this year, according to the report, and nationwide, only 114 cases were diagnosed last year. Learn more.

In a local news article, AANP member Diana Vardeman indicated that the clinic where she works reported caring for its first brown recluse spider bite victim of 2018. Vardeman said the patient knew he had been bitten by a brown recluse, and the bite “…looked like it started to get a little bit of pus which is a little bit of infection, so I started him on some antibiotics and gave him all of the precautions.” Vardeman recommended reducing spiders’ access by removing bed skirts.

AANP member Abby Gray was quoted in a local news article about a recent increase in mosquito bites and the need to protect against them to prevent exposure to West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. “In Wyoming, the West Nile virus has been detected in every county,” Tupper said. “But then, just simple bug bites in children, who are very reactive and get swollen, have been pretty common too. Definitely more than in previous years.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recently recognized by Walden University as an Alumni Ambassador. According to an article published by the university, “Cantero has traveled to India, Mexico, Egypt, Croatia, China, and Honduras to provide health care services and educate local medical professionals about health promotion and disease prevention.” He has also served as a clinical preceptor for more than 150 NP students.

Liquid facelifts, using Botox and fillers, were discussed by AANP member Jennifer Russell in an interview for a local news network. Learn more about the information she provided on nonsurgical rejuvenation options.

Good luck to AANP member Margaret Whiteman, who is competing to be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine. In a local news article, Whiteman indicated that she works hard to remain fit in order to be a role model to her three children.

Spotlight on NPs

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

In a recent article, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is highlighting the role of NPs who are assessing the health of DOT truck drivers. Several AANP Fellows and members are mentioned in the article. A second article quoted AANP Region 11 Director Dr. Jean Aertker and CEO David Hebert. Regarding the role of NPs in performing DOT truck driver health assessments, Hebert said, “Authorizing nurse practitioners to fulfill these roles increases access to care and allows patients to select their provider of choice.”

AARP reported that AANP Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Ellis is the only primary care provider in her rural area. Read more to learn how Full Practice Authority for NPs could help improve access to care for patients.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Jaibun Earp, who is the new dean of the Abraham Bladwin Agricultural College School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Nursing is a professional discipline that combines the art and science of caring and curing,” Earp said. “Teachers are the facilitators for the students’ learning process. Students do very well on their own but we can help them to make better decisions if we are facilitators, not just force feeding them the information.” Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Denise Coppa was quoted in an article about ways that University of Rhode Island nurse practitioner students are preparing for the future of home-based health care. According to Coppa, “A very important part of the role of a nurse practitioner is health promotion and prevention, a lot of which will be done in the home. The value of this program is showing our students that they see patients differently in home-based care.”

Listen to AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick and AANP Fellow Dr. Denise Link discuss the growing importance of the NP role. The interview was played on KJZZ radio. Knestrick had several articles published on Thrive.

Nurse practitioners are meeting the needs of rural veterans. Knestrick told Va.Gov, “NPs are one of the most significant factors in expanding patient access to primary, acute and specialty care, especially at a time when demand is high and physicians remain concentrated in more urban and affluent areas.”

Knestrick was also quoted in an Advance Web article about the colorectal cancer screening survey that AANP conducted in collaboration with Healthy Women and Exact Sciences. “Nurse practitioners are leaders in colorectal cancer screening, encouraging their eligible patients to be screened,” Knestrick said. “However, only two-thirds of NPs surveyed said that their patients often or always complete CRC screening, with the most common reason for non-compliance being the disruptive nature of test preparation.“

A mobile health care clinic led by AANP member Richard West provides basic medical screenings for those in need. West told local news reporters, “Every metropolitan area has people who have to fend for themselves – those who do not have the resources the average person has. Part of what Quality of Life has always done is provide, resources, direction and care for those who need it most.”

A new clinic led by AANP member Karen Fegely began with the NP doing blood work from a Kmart parking lot, according to a local news article. Fegely said, The clinic was started because there was a need for it, and because I wanted to provide a resource for people to know where to go and have their basic health needs met.” Read more to see how far Fegely has come.

Jaimy Lee, News Editor for Healthcare at LinkedIn covered the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver and interviewed two AANP Fellows. Learn more about keynote speaker Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, who serves as assistant surgeon general and chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. Lee also interviewed integrative health and wellness expert Dr. Deb Kiley about clinician burnout and ways to avoid it.

The American Journal of Nursing reported from the conference in Denver and interviewed Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, who “focused on the critical role of NPs in addressing health inequities,” and Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who highlighted the rapidly growing numbers of nurse practitioners.

Clinical Advisor published several articles based on their coverage of the AANP 2018 National Conference. Links to the articles are listed below, reflecting the wide variety of research presented at the conference.

Portland Monthly‘s Top Nurses guide highlighted the important role NPs play in solving our nation’s health care crisis and quoted AANP member Dr. Diane Solomon, who was listed among the honorees. Solomon indicated that the rising profile of NPs may indicate a shift toward relationship-based care, and she credited increased listening with greater results.

AANP member Sharon Prince was profiled in a local news article about being an NP student and transitioning into the nurse practitioner role. Prince works in a plastic surgery clinic and said, Our nurse practitioners have years of experience and extensive training to help patients achieve their non-surgical aesthetic goals. Also, they continue to research and learn about new enhancement techniques to provide the most effective surgical and non-surgical treatments for the patients.”