Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of AANP members.

At the end of January, the Marion-Polk County Medical Society voted to allow nurse practitioners to join the professional association, in addition to physicians and physician assistants. “The medical society’s decision is encouraging,” according to Mallie Kozy, Ph.D., dean of Linfield College’s nursing school, “because it promotes physicians’ acceptance of nurse practitioners as peers and members of the same team.” AANP member Lorrie Amitrano is pictured in the article.

AANP members Jennifer Brodsky, Chris Contini and Rachel Larson participated in a program that enabled medical residents and NP students to work side by side.  “I think seeing the strengths of each other’s training and practicing together in a real-world format is a really important step in creating a better interprofessional relationship,” said Brodsky.  Read the full article.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Christine Benz Smith, who was selected as director of University of Tennessee – Chattanooga School Of Nursing.  Learn more.

AANP member Erin Bagshaw discussed NP reimbursement rates in a letter to the editor of nurse.com.  Bagshaw noted a need to consider the importance and complexity of primary care in relationship to reimbursement rates and added, “In this area my veterinarian’s visit charge is higher than what I get paid to spend 20-30 minutes with a Medicare patient to handle not only his or her chronic diseases but sometimes acute issues that require labs and conditions, meaning follow-up calls and additional unpaid time.”

Linda Eckerson, AANP member, told a Lansing, Michigan, TV station that flu symptoms were the most common reasons her patients sought treatment this week.  Watch the interview.

February is American Heart Month, and heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.  AANP member Heather Whitney was featured in an interesting article about heart disease survivor, Geri Schlueter.  Nurse practitioners play a major role in the prevention of heart disease and are working with Million Hearts® to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next 5 years. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP members Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill-Meade whose mobile clinic, the St. Mary’s Health Wagon, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.  Read the press release.

AANP members Kay Stump and Mary Healy are featured in an article about nurse practitioners and the important role they play in the health care system.  Healy said, “As NPs, we have the opportunity to dramatically reduce patients’ health risks by spending time with them and finding the roots of their problems.”

AANP member Raymond Doty, a nurse practitioner at Quality of Life clinic, will offer healthy heart tips on meals and healthy daily habits at a heart health event in honor of National Heart Month.  Learn more.

AANP member Michele Knappe was pictured in an article about governors proposing novel methods of job creation.

In an article about pro-NP legislation in Ohio, AANP member Diann Nelson-Houser told USA Today that it’s getting harder for clinics like hers, which sees about 1,500 patients a year, to find partnering physicians. “If you’re not part of that health system, it’s tough to find a collaborator,” she said.

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