Spotlight on NPs

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

Another great example of nurse practitioner care and leadership – AANP member April Lopez is being called a hero after providing care to a man who experienced a medical emergency while aboard a flight.  Read more.

AANP member Dr. Suzanne Bakken was quoted in an article about a new mobile app that provides prompts aligned with evidence-based guidelines to support the diagnosis of chronic health issues.  According to Dr. Bakken, “Our app focused specifically on the work that nurse practitioners do to identify health problems, counsel patients, and coordinate care plans, resulting in higher diagnosis rates and more opportunities for intervention.” Findings of a study associated with the app were published in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners (JNP).

AANP member and Cardio Transplant Coordinator, Shellie Mason, was featured in a local news report about a one-year old girl with dilated cardiomyopathy who received a life-saving heart transplant.

With full practice authority, nurse practitioners could help fill the growing need for quality health care in Florida.  AANP Florida State Representative Susan Lynch told reporters that in states where NPs have full practice authority, “the Medicaid costs are going down, the Medicare costs are going down, health of people are going up, 30-day readmissions are going down.”  Read more.

AANP member, Kathy Gjeldum, was mentioned in an article about an implant used to measure the pressure in heart failure patients’ arteries.

Congratulations to AANP member Deborah “Pepper” Hoover, head of the Wallace State Community College Nursing Program, who was recently awarded the Cullman (Alabama) Area Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Professional of the Year Award.  Read more.

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