Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.
Let Pennsylvania nurse practitioners help ease care shortages, AANP member and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Susan Schrand urged legislators. “Patients shouldn’t have to wait months to get health care, but a recent Post-Gazette article confirmed what many have experienced firsthand: Pennsylvania faces a crucial shortage of primary care providers (“Report: Many U.S. Medicaid Doctors Often Unavailable,” Dec. 10). By removing expensive, unnecessary barriers to entry, lawmakers can make it easier for nurse practitioners to see patients and alleviate the growing health care shortage.” Read more.
Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce, who is the new executive director of the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing Learning and Technology Resource Center (LTRC). According to Dr. Lioce, “The new generation of learners really learns hands-on and with a lot of interaction with technology.” The new LTRC is using simulators to standardize educational and core clinical experiences. Read more.
Inspirational AANP member “Michelle McIntyre said her path to success had some major switchbacks. Along the way, she learned numerous life lessons, some of which she shares with teenage girls facing similar challenges.” Read more.
Sherry Davis, an AANP member, wrote an article about chronic kidney disease (CKD) for the Gainesville Times. According to the article, more than 26 million Americans have CKD and millions more (one in three adults) are at risk of developing it.
AANP president Dr. Ken Miller said nurse practitioner representation in health plans is a win-win. Health plan decision-makers can provide more choice, safely, to their members/patients and improve cost efficiency by including more nurse practitioners in a greater number of health plans. Read more.
Davida Kruger, an AANP member, was among the authors of an article regarding a new type of therapy for type 2 diabetes. The article was published in Advance for NPs & PAs.
AANP member Dr. Siobhan Sundel explained that the holidays can be stressful for many people. “Holiday stress is generally temporary — we’ll feel stressed because we have to go to a party where we might end up eating things that we don’t really want to eat or seeing difficult family members,” according to Dr. Sundel. “The good news is that stress is something you can develop techniques to deal with.” Learn more about coping with holiday stress.