Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP member JoAnn Sturgeon was featured in an article about nurse practitioners meeting local health care needs.  “APRNs like to focus on health promotion and disease prevention,” Ms. Sturgeon said. “It is better to prevent high blood pressure than to treat it. We can offer guidance and counseling to help people make better lifestyle choices or changes.”

Congratulations to AANP member Elaine Davia who was honored for 50 years of service as a Catholic nun.  She has also been a nurse practitioner for many years.  Read more.

Dr. Kristi Henderson, an AANP member, serves as chief telehealth & innovation officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and helps lead UMMC’s Diabetes Telehealth Network care management program. She was featured in an article regarding addressing Mississippi’s diabetes challenges with telehealth and care management.

AANP Past President Dr. Angela K. Golden spoke about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the American College of Rheumatology / American Rheumatology of Health Professionals Annual Meeting.  She is pictured below with nurse practitioners Jeanne Scott from Attleboro, MA, and Christine Stamatos from Great Neck, NY.


Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Kerry Palakanis who was named the Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year by Maryland Capital Enterprises.  Dr. Palakanis identified a need for health care services in one of the poorest and most underserved areas of Maryland.  She opened the Crisfield Clinic two years ago to meet those needs.  Read more.

AANP member Tom Bartol wrote an article published in The Nurse Practitioner which noted the many benefits NPs contribute to health care.  Mr. Bartol asserted that NPs are not a consolation prize, but professionals who are fully prepared to practice autonomously and to the full extent of their clinical training.  “We must be proud of our training, proud to be NPs in a unique profession with a role to play in transforming our ailing system and putting the health and the care back into healthcare,” wrote Mr. Bartol.

Ann Marie Hart and Mary Burman, AANP members, wrote a letter to the editor in support of nurse practitioners during NP Week that was published in the Laramie Boomerang and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.  They praised the health care that nurse practitioners provide in Wyoming and noted that they “are fortunate to live in a state that supports NPs and allows them to practice independently and to the fullest extent of their education and licensure.”

Congratulations to AANP’s Pennsylvania State Representative Dr. Lori Martin Plank who recently received the PA Coalition of NPs Sheila Gealey Award for her work to expand the roles of nurse practitioners in the state and break down related legislative and workplace barriers.  Dr. Martin Plank is pictured below.


Jeannette Zelhart-Smith, an AANP member, presented a poster for the Northwest Indiana Nursing Research Consortium which featured the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Cardiology Foundation guidelines on Congestive Heart Failure.  The Northwest Indiana Nursing Research Consortium members are nurse leaders from Northwest Indiana representing the local schools of nursing and hospitals.  Presentations List

During NP Week, AANP members Alta Langdon and Amy Williams were featured in video interviews published by The Everett Clinic.  Watch Ms. Langdon’s and Ms. Williams’ videos.

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Young, an AANP member who was recently inducted into the 2014 Dunklin County Hall of Honor.   In order to receive this honor, a resident of Dunklin County must have had personal accomplishments, or achievements in his or her occupation, or field of endeavor, that are considered to have been distinctive, creative, or unique.  Read more.

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