Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of AANP members.
March is Women’s History Month, and Beth Houser interviewed AANP Fellow and co-founder of the NP role, Loretta Ford, for a series of articles published by Reflections on Nursing Leadership. Regarding innovation, Dr. Ford said, “There has to be some kind of business mentality, combined with the spirit and courage to do it. It takes a lot of guts to be different! It’s not easy.”
AANP member Stephen Ferrera, executive director of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, says NY’s collaborative agreement is unnecessary and creates burdensome obstacles for nurse practitioners who are qualified to provide health services without the written agreement. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, removing the collaborative agreement and giving nurse practitioners more freedom to act independently “would help reduce overall spending in the health care system over time.” Read the article.
Donna Emanuele, an AANP member and president-elect of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, was featured in an article explaining that patients in California would benefit from updated legislation that would support rather than hinder the wide range of health care services nurse practitioners currently provide.
Mary Chesney, the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Minnesota, president of the Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Coalition, and AANP member is featured in an article about pending legislation that would update practice regulations and reduce restrictions on the care that nurse practitioners in Minnesota provide.
An article on Medicaid expansion in Virginia features AANP member Theresa Gardner. She provided important information about the essential services she provides at risk and under-served communities.
AANP member and former Navy nurse Brad Briscoe was featured in an article about pending legislation that would remove restrictive barriers to NP practice in Florida. According to the article, nurse practitioners can serve as directors for medical or nursing services and as commanding officers in military medical treatment facilities, and NPs can direct medical and nursing operations throughout the Department of Defense, all without physician supervision. The same NPs are required to be supervised by physicians if they choose to work in Florida.