Spotlight on NPs

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

Nurse practitioners can solve staffing shortages and provide excellent patient care, AANP told the Department of Veterans Affairs.  “The issue is that it doesn’t make sense to prevent NPs from doing everything they are trained to do, especially in a system where they are struggling to have enough clinicians,” said AANP president Dr. Ken Miller.  Read the article.

AANP member and Alaska Army National Guard Col. Rebecca Young was featured in an article about her participation in the 8th Asia-Pacific Military Nursing Exchange in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.  Countries with representatives attending the exchange included Australia, Cambodia, China, Korea, Papa New Guinea, Nepal, United States, Thailand, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. Col. Young previously participated in a partnership program in Mongolia.

Phyllis Zimmer, AANP member and president of the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, was quoted in an article regarding the important role of NPs in primary care.  “As we think about what we need for the future, with the number of patients that are demanding and needing quality services and with the changes that healthcare reform has provided, there’s just an urgent need to use our entire healthcare workforce to the highest level possible,” Ms. Zimmer said.

AANP member Jennifer Brennan and AANP Fellow Dr. Linda Rounds were featured in an article highlighting the growing nurse practitioner profession in Jefferson County Texas and the need to update legislation so that patients can benefit from all the services NPs are educated and clinically prepared to provide.

Cost-per-patient shouldn’t be the only factor determining which health care facilities receive support, according to AANP member Frank Lang. His article published by Time details challenges faced by a frontier clinic in Downieville, California.

Nurse practitioners form Vermont’s first independent primary care group.  This new point of care is a result of several years of effort and was made possible by Vermont’s modernization of nurse practitioner licensure. AANP member Dr. Rosemary Dale is featured in the article.

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