Spotlight on NPs

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

Elevating nurse practitioner status can aid patients, according to AANP member Carol Gullo Mest who wrote an article in support of Pennsylvania’s SB 1063.  The bill would give nurse practitioners in PA full practice authority.  “It is past the time to put the patient first,” according to Dr. Mest.  “Granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners would result in an overall positive economic and health impact on the commonwealth through timely treatment of acute health concerns, ongoing treatment and support for chronic health conditions, fewer lost work days, fewer emergency department visits for nonurgent conditions, patient choice of a primary care provider, and improved quality of life.”

AANP members Rachel Gordon and Cindy Elliott were featured in an article that explores who nurse practitioners are and how they can improve the health care system if they are allowed to practice to the full scope of their education and clinical preparation.

Jennifer Ladwig, an AANP member, wrote an article that explains how heredity and sun exposure increase skin cancer risk.  According to Ladwig, “Skin cancer is the most preventable type of cancer, yet it’s on the rise in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in more than two million people every year.”

AANP member Rachel Brandin was mentioned in an article about a new pilot program designed to reduce hospital readmissions.

Remove antiquated practice restrictions, and allow nurse practitioners to deliver patients in our communities the high-quality, cost-effective, and desperately needed care which we are educated and clinically trained to provide, Lorraine Bock, an AANP member and President of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, urged legislators in a guest editorial.

AANP member Edwidge Thomas discussed access to nurse practitioners Thursday 4/24/14 on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York.  

Check out this scholarly article on the pathophysiological relationships between heart failure and depression and anxiety.  Coauthors include AANP members  Deborah Chapa, Akintade Bimbola, and Sue Ann Thomas.

In a letter to the editor, AANP member and President of the Connecticut APRN Society Vanessa Pomarico-Denino urged legislators to remove unnecessary barriers to APRN practice.

LaDonna Hart, AANP member and president of Nebraska Nurse Practitioners was featured in an article that expresses disappointment in Governor Heineman’s veto of legislation that would have removed collaborative practice requirements for nurse practitioners in Nebraska.  AANP Vice President of State Government Affairs Taynin Kopanos is also featured in the article.

Nursing students, including AANP member Kellyn Freed, participated in a health policy summit at Rivier College.  “The summit focused on the role nurses can play in influencing health regulations and improving patient care,” according the an article in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

AANP member Dianna Chizmas was highlighted in an article about an omnibus health care bill that could remove practice restrictions for nurse practitioners clearing the Florida House

“Having Diabetes doesn’t mean you have to be sick,” according to AANP member Becky Blodgett who was quoted in an article about the importance of nutrition and exercise for those living with diabetes.

Kerry Palakanis, an AANP member, is featured in an article regarding the shortage of health care providers in rural Maryland.

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