Spotlight on NPs

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

This month, Minnesotans are celebrating “a long-awaited change that could have the most tangible impact on access to quality care yet. On Jan. 1, Minnesota joins 18 other states in authorizing its most highly educated nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” AANP member Beth Good and Dr. Connie White Delaney coauthored the article, which explains the meaningful difference modernized practice regulations will make to patients in Minnesota.

AANP members CDR Melissa Hulett NP and CDR Jenny Mohon NP of the US Public Health Service were chosen to have extra training at the BONG Ebola Treatment Center in Suakoko, Liberia, before beginning at the Monrovia Medical Unit in Nov. 2014.  AANP member CDR Jenny Mohon, MBA, MSN, NP-c, Served as one of the providers on the Monrovia Medical Unit’s Team One from Oct. 19th thru Dec 27th.  View pictures of them in serving in Liberia.

CAPT James LaVelle Dickens of the US Public Health Service, an AANP Fellow, is Officer in Charge, Team 2, Commissioned Corps Ebola Response, Monrovia Medical Unit and was part of the group of leaders who welcomed the United Nations delegation to Monrovia, Liberia.  View pictures of him with the UN delegation in Liberia.

AANP member Sara Back discussed her pending trip to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients and the 21 day quarantine she will face when she returns to New York state.  According to the article, “. The CDC says most returning health care workers should monitor themselves for 21 days — but they don’t need to be isolated unless they start showing symptoms.”

Patricia Walker is an AANP member and co-founder of Ideal Healthcare Solutions, a rapidly growing health care service that provides house calls to patients who have difficulty accessing other types of health care.  Read more about the positive difference she is making.

AANP member Dr. John P. Beavers wrote a letter to the editor of the Battle Creek Enquirer encouraging legislators in Michigan to modernize health care regulations by passing Senate Bill 2.  Unfortunately, this bill failed to receive a vote in the State House by the end of 2014 and was timed out. Many new stakeholders came out in support of the nurse practitioner legislation in the closing months of the session, and they have promised continued support when the legislature reconvenes in mid-January for the 2015-2016 session.

Need some tips to avoid gaining weight after the holidays?  “The average American gains one to two pounds during the holiday season,” according to Kathryn Bryant, an AANP member who offered several healthy suggestions to readers  of the Reno Gazette-Journal.

AANP past president Dr. Angela Golden was quoted in an article about the dangers of over the counter drugs for children, especially during cold and flu season.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Rudy Valenzuela who was honored by the University of Arizona Alumni Association as its Alumnus of the Year.  Watch the video.

AANP member Jane Rosen was featured in an article about a nurse practitioner staffed urgent care center that recently opened and expanded access to care for patients in Delta County Colorado.

According to AANP President Dr. Ken Miller, “It’s difficult to imagine why more employee health plans don’t already include vast numbers of nurse practitioners. The sad truth is that for many years medicine has followed a physician-led system – one that is now being modernized to enhance value and improve care. Expanded nurse practitioner reimbursements could lower health plan costs.” Read more.

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