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 member Dr. Natalie Baker, who was appointed to the Alabama Board of Nursing by Governor Robert Bentley.  Read the press release.

Politico  featured AANP member Kristi Henderson in an article about the success of the telemedicine program she helped start in Mississippi.  According to the article, the program has had a dramatically positive impact.  Ms. Henderson indicated that the program is clearing barriers to health care access with a sustainable model.  “We want to showcase that so that others can replicate it … Imagine if you cleared [the barriers] at a federal level what can happen,” said Ms. Henderson.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner, who recently received the Daily Point of Light Award from former President George H. W. Bush in recognition of her work with a mobile health care center, The Health Wagon.  According to the press release, “President Bush created the “Daily Point of Light Award” in 1989 to recognize ordinary Americans from all walks of life taking direct and consequential voluntary action in their communities to solve serious social problems.”

AANP member Amelia Rutter was mentioned in an article about an integrated care clinic that combines psychiatric and primary care visits.

Kathy Gjeldum, an AANP member,  was pictured in an article about a new heart monitor that is instrumental in preventing hospital re-admissions for patients with heart failure.

Congratulations to AANP member Christine Colella, director of the Nurse Practitioner Program in University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing.  Ms. Colella was recently awarded UC’s Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching Award in recognition of an interactive learning module that she created for her online Differential Diagnosis course.  Read more.

AANP member Cindy Fehr recently opened a mobile clinic that serves five communities.   An article about the new clinic indicated that, “Having a nurse practitioner on the bus is incredibly valuable for primary care in the communities.”

It may be surprising to read the words “nurse practitioner” and “robotic seal” in the same sentence, but AANP member and nursing professor, Dr. Sandra Petersen, is conducting a research project to determine the effectiveness of robotic seals in treating dementia patients who are suffering from anxiety and depression.  Learn more about her exciting project.

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