Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP member Rhoberta Haley, who was appointed president of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s St. Louis campus effective immediately. Dr. Haley has 40 years of clinical, executive, academic and entrepreneurial experience. In her new role, she will oversee implementation of the curriculum, delivery of student services, growth and development of regional clinical partnerships and management of day-to-day operations. Read more.

NPs continue to educate and demand respect, AANP member Renee Dahring urges fellow nurse practitioners in an Advance for NPs and PAs article.

AANP member Douglas Connor is a nurse practitioner working for the VA. He recently shared his personal experience as a veteran and an NP. Thank you to all veterans, service members and their families. Thanks also to the nurse practitioners and other health care providers who care for this important patient population.

Dorothy Pierce, an AANP member, was interviewed regarding her research on lymphedema knowledge and breast cancer patients.

Np-led acute care teams improve inpatient care, according to research conducted by Drs. Pamela Jones and April Kapu, both AANP members. “NPs are very attuned to not only the physiological needs of the patient, but the psychosocial needs of those patients as well,” Jones said.” They really do a great job of coordinating all of the care and working with all of the other team members to provide care in an effective manner.” Read more.

Having a survivorship plan aids NP-provided cancer care, AANP members Erin Lynden and Elaine Kauschinger told attendees at the AANP 2014 National Conference. “Understanding a survivorship care plan (SCP) is a crucial step for meeting the needs of cancer survivors,” according to Lynden and Kauschinger. Read the article.

Clinical and community-based interventions highlighting lifestyle modifications can reduce comorbidities and healthcare costs of type 2 diabetes, according to a poster presented by AANP member Doreen Cassarino at the AANP 2014 National Conference. Learn more.

Research conducted by AANP member Virginia Carreira indicated that Implementing a cognitive testing model could help identify post-concussive symptoms in student athletes. Carreira conducted a pilot study to assess the effectiveness of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) intervention on high school athletes.

Frontier Nursing University hosted its fourth Annual PRIDE Diversity Impact Event this month. AANP fellows Julie Marfell and Debra J. Barksdale were featured in the article.

AANP member Nancy George was highlighted in an article regarding pending legislation in Michigan that would give nurse practitioners more autonomy.

Congratulations to Ann Marie Hart, AANP member and recipient of an inaugural Humenick Research Grant.  “Hart will examine new nurse practitioner (NP) transition experiences in NP residency programs .” Read more.

AANP member Jennifer Ladwig shared several tips to keep kids safe this summer. Access the tips.

Dr. Linda J. Keilman will present an interactive workshop on the therapeutic effects of humor and laughter. “The seminar will discuss humor theories and the physiological benefits of humor and laughter on older adults with chronic conditions, describe the therapeutic healing benefits of humor on the mind, body, and spirit, and identify how to utilize humor as a therapeutic tool/intervention for self and others.” Learn more.

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is more common than Down’s syndrome, spina bifida and fetal alcohol syndrome, according to AANP member Anna L. Pina, yet few women — less than 15% —  know about the risk it poses to unborn children.  Read the article.

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