Spotlight on NPs

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

As part of a National Nurses Week roundtable, AANP member Leslie Sharpe was one of several health care providers interviewed by Frank Stasio.  Listen to the radio conversation and read the accompanying article.  Join us in celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2014.

Have you read AANP members Joann Nicoteri and MaryJane Miskovsky’s study of BMI and college age students, which was published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP)?  The study and its outcomes are the subjects of an article in the Central Valley Business Times.

Mary Nichols, AANP member and professor of nursing at Frontier University, wrote a letter to the editor in support of the role of nurse practitioners in Virginia.

California could save $1.8 billion in health care costs over the next 10 years if NPs were granted full practice authority, according to a new report issued by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.  Dr. Beth Haney, AANP member and President of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, told reporters, “It’s time the legislature realize the cost savings, increase in access, and improvement in quality that will come from changing the law to remove the barriers to practice for nurse practitioners in California.”

Dominique Ashen, an AANP member, was featured in an article about heart disease and firefighters.  Ashen was the study leader of a research team that discovered standard assessments miss early signs of cardiovascular disease in firefighters.

AANP member Laima Karosaswas quoted in an article about legislation that gives Connecticut nurse practitioners full practice authority.   Connecticut is the 18th state plus DC to provide patients full and direct access to NP services.

Amy Cotton, AANP member and director of operations and senior services quality for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, was featured in an article that details her efforts to teach health care professionals in India about geriatric care.  “Working with 2,000 students in various health professions at seminars throughout southern India, Cotton shared her expertise about how diseases present differently in older adults.”

AANP Nebraska State Representative LeAnn Holmes wrote an Op-Ed in the Omaha World-Herald that explains how Governor Heineman’s veto of pro-NP legislation worsens health care challenges.

Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, an AANP member, wrote a letter to the editor explaining how the removal of a requirement for Connecticut NPs to have written collaborative agreements with physicians will affect health care in that state.

In response to comments made by a lawyer for the Florida Medical Association, AANP member Brad Briscoe penned a letter to the editor of the Florida Times-Union reminding readers that nurse practitioners have a history of providing excellent care.  “A plethora of scientific research studies prove nurse practitioners, practicing to their full scope — and even prescribing controlled substances — provide safe, high-quality patient care outcomes equivalent to that of physicians in primary care.”

Maria Lofgren, who is an AANP member, was one of several nurse practitioners highlighted in an article about advanced practice nurses (APRNs) in Iowa.  Participants discussed the work that remains to be done to define roles and allow APRNs to act within the full extent of their licenses.

In an article by University of Alabama – Huntsville (UAH), UAH alumni and AANP members Katie Rhodes, Dr. Cindy Cooke (AANP BOD Recording Secretary) and Dr. Susan Alexander were commended for their leadership and efforts to break down the barriers that prevent patients from receiving care from nurse practitioners in Alabama.

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