Spotlight on NPs

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

Former AANP Minnesota State Rep Dr. Ann McDonald wrote an open letter in support of Full Practice Authority legislation that was published in the Citizen-Times.  “If we want North Carolinians, particularly in rural and underserved communities, to have improved health care access while controlling costs, our lawmakers need to consider passing legislation that aligns with national recommendations,” wrote Dr. McDonald.

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez appointed AANP member Jonathan Palmer to the New Mexico Board of Nursing.  Congratulations Mr. Palmer!  Read more.


Michelle Skipper (left) & North Carolina State Representative Gale Adcock (right) at the NC state capitol during NC NP Day

Pictured on the left, AANP member Michelle Skipper discusses health policy with North Carolina State Representative and AANP Fellow Gale Adcock.  They were among more than 100 nurse practitioners who advocated for improved access to health care during the North Carolina NP Day at the Capitol.

In “Ask a Nurse Practitioner,” AANP member Jennifer Ladwig offered readers tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid health risks.

AANP member Nancy P. Blumenthal wrote an article in support of nurse practitioners performing transbronchial biopsies that was featured in the Point and Counterpoint section of CHEST Journal.  Ms. Blumenthal’s position was based on two assumptions, “(1) Care should only be delivered by clinicians who have been educated and trained in their practice area and have demonstrated competency in their skills. (2) Competition in the business of health care should not impede a patient’s access to health care. The first assumption is self-evident. The second distills market competition and restraint of trade from the discussion.”

Congratulations to AANP member Lauree Lawler who recently joined a practice in Cedarville, Ohio.  An article announcing her employment describes the important role nurse practitioners play in the health care system and complements the rigorous education NPs undergo and the excellent care NPs provide.

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