Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Linda LaRocco, who was recently selected to serve as the medical director for Pine Bush Central School District in New York.  Dr. LaRocco is the first NP to hold this position and was one of the first NPs in New York state to own her own primary care practice.  Read more.

“There is a very synergistic way that medicine and advanced practice nursing can work together, capitalize on the strengths that each discipline brings to the table and maximize the patient experience and the outcomes. This is a new model,” AANP member Dr. Rosemary Dale told the Burlington Free Press. AANP Vermont State Rep. Deborah Wachtel is also quoted in the article, which explains how full practice authority in Vermont has helped improve access to care.

Congratulations to AANP member Laura Brinkley, who was named a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women!  Read more.

Meredith Bassler, an AANP member, was featured in an article highlighting her innovative solution to provide timely and cost-effective care for patients suffering from minor diabetic ulcers.  

AANP member Sue Hook has a vision to care for underserved populations in Florida.  Her efforts were highlighted by a local FOX station.  Read more.

A McKnight’s article indicates that “Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents.”  NPs are encouraged to continue to advocate for full practice authority nationwide.  AANP members Dr. Gina M. Oliver and Dr. Lila Pennington were two of the authors of the study referenced in the article.

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