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 Fellow Dr. Kate Sheppard, who received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona.  In November 2014, Dr. Sheppard had an article published in Applied Nursing Research:  “Compassion fatigue among registered nurses: Connecting theory and research” (subscription required).

AANP member Agnes Oblas wrote an article that explores the connections between Celiac Disease and gluten. According to Ms. Oblas, “Since Celiac Disease is inheritable, family members of a person with the condition may wish to be tested, especially if they suffer from symptoms that cannot be explained by other medical conditions. Anyone suspecting he/she may suffer from Celiac Disease should seek out advice from their health care provider.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was chosen as the first president of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC). The naming of officers for the consortium marks a historic step in the effort to revolutionize the culture of health and wellness at colleges and universities in the organization. Read more.

Michelle Knowles, AANP’s Kansas State Representative, wrote an article that highlighted the need to modernize practice regulations, and it was published in the Kansas City Nursing News.  According to Ms. Knowles, momentum to update legislation is growing.  “All Kansas nurses need to join together to help transform health care in Kansas so that all of our patients have access to nurses that are working to the full extent of their education and training. A unified voice of 60,000 nurses can send a powerful message to our legislators that we want to participate in transforming health care in Kansas,” wrote Ms. Knowles, and she urged nurses to contact their legislators in support of the APRN bill.

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