Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

An August 2013 report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that Lyme disease is significantly under-reported. This was no surprise to AANP member Rebecca Keith, who established a practice to treat patients with chronic Lyme disease. Read more.

Those who watched the 2005 season of Survivor: Guatemala may remember AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Bobonich.  Check out her timely article on skin cancer prevention, “Summer Skin Survival.”

Verde Valley Medical Center’s Heart Failure Wellness Program was awarded the 30-Day Readmission Award for small hospitals (fewer than 250 beds) at the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses annual conference in Los Angeles.  AANP member Monica Rauton was mentioned in the article about the award, which recognizes heart failure treatment programs that have shown excellence in helping patients stabilize their disease and avoid recurrent hospitalizations.

The biggest barrier for health care providers today is, “The outdated model of professional hierarchy,” according to AANP member Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, director of the doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Check out her responses to MedPage Today‘s 10 Questions.

“Our nation’s primary care needs can only be met if states allow NPs to practice to the fullest extent of their training without unnecessary requirements for physician supervision,” according to Dr. Joanne Pohl and Dr. Debra J. Barksdale, both AANP Fellows, and Kitty Werner. Read the article.

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