Spotlight on NPs

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

Brandy Sprick, an AANP member, encouraged readers of the Albany Democrat-Herald to “Go Red” for women’s heart health in 2015.  February is American Heart Month, and February 6 is National Wear Red Day.  Read Ms. Sprick’s recommendations to maintain a healthy heart.

AANP member Tonya Kittle was mentioned in an article about an urgent need for health care in Trimble, Ohio.  The clinic Ms. Kittle works for provides care for children who attend school in the Trimble school district.

In order to avoid liver damage, people should use caution and avoid unintentionally taking a double-dose of acetaminophen when using cold medicine, according to AANP Fellow Dr. Stephen Ferrara.  Read more.

AANP member Jan Perun was featured in an article about the multifaceted care that cancer survivors often need.   Palliative care, symptom management, psycho-social support and impairment-driven rehabilitation may be required in addition to oncology treatment.

Laci Dykstra, an AANP member, briefly explained flu warning signs to members of the Knoxville, Tennessee, community. Read more.

AANP member Jennifer Smith wrote an article about healthy weight loss that appeared in Grand Lake News.  She encouraged people to place more emphasis on making healthy lifestyle choices than reaching a specific weight.

Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods, a member of AANP, is among the health experts who announced availability to comment on a range of health care issues.  “The greatest challenge facing healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals today is providing evidence-based, quality care that is cost-effective. Using evidence to inform practice coupled with clinical expertise and patient preference is the only way healthcare practice and patient outcomes will be optimized,” said Dr. Woods.  Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo wrote a guest editorial for Clinician Reviews that supported the inclusion of travel health in primary care.  According to Dr. Dirubbo, “The foundations of travel health include immunization, patient education on food- and waterborne diseases, insect-borne diseases, and safety. PCPs are experts at patient education, risk identification and management, and immunizations.”

Kudos to AANP member Paula Newman-Skomski, who has been recognized for her important work as a forensic nurse examiner, providing care for sex trafficking victims and working toward opening a residential recovery program for women exploited through sex trafficking and prostitution.  Most recently, she was named 2014 Nurse of the Year for Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing from the March of Dimes.  Read the article and announcement.

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