Spotlight on NPs

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

“Physician oversight fees can be quite high, and the fees not only vary from state to state, but from contract to contract,” AANP Florida State Representative Susan Lynch told reporters. AANP Vice President of State Government Affairs, Dr. Taynin Kopanos, noted that more than excessive fees motivate nurse practitioners to work toward independent practice. According to Dr. Kopanos, “NPs believe they are being hemmed in by physician oversight regulations that are not allowing them to practice to the full scope of their training and education.” Read the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Carolyn Palaika, who retired after 50 years in nursing. According to an article announcing her retirement, Palaika said being an NP was the best job of her career, and, “It is very important to be a good listener and a good thinker because it is about taking care of the total patient. Ultimately, our job is about saving and changing lives.”

Pediatric emergency health care providers at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will be treating sick children across the state via new video conferencing technology.  AANP member Jay Fluhman is pictured in the article.

“Listening is a greatly undervalued diagnostic tool,” AANP member Tammy Keating told Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Keating also explained that educating patients about the health care challenges they face is an important part of the excellent care that nurse practitioners provide.  Read more.

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