Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.
AANP member Jaqueline Coates explained some of the special needs she addresses for veterans in hospice care. “Often in our older population of veterans have PTSD that was never truly diagnosed and we start to see symptoms and presentations that may be suggestive of a history of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). So, we also train our staff to recognize these symptoms and how we deal with them and help the family through this difficult time,” Coates explained. Read more.
In a local news interview, AANP member Dr. Debra Hopla addressed the reported disparity in pay between male and female nurses. According to the article, “Dr. Hopla said bringing more men into nursing can be beneficial for all nurses’ salaries because it can raise the overall salary higher.”
Dr. Maria Marrero, an AANP member, was featured in an article about a $10,000 grant St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago received to provide free mammograms. Marrero requested the funds from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT). “The IBCAT has been wonderful in supporting our initiative to provide mammograms to women despite their ability to pay. This organization really understands the importance of early detection,” Dr. Marrero said. Read more.
AANP member Kirsten Wister was featured in an article about a new nurse practitioner-led clinic in Arizona that uses a medical home model to serve the whole family. Read more.
Tammy Davis, an AANP member and Director of the new Accountable Care Organization at Summit Pacific Medical Center, was highlighted in an article about preventative care in accountable care organizations. According to Ms. Davis, “The times I was able to check in with a patient and help prevent a return visit made me most excited. Now that’s my job and not only that, I get to be creative in the ways I help patients take preventative care.”
AANP Fellow Wendy Wright wrote an article in support of an immunization registry in New Hampshire. According to Mrs. Wright, New Hampshire is the only state without one.
In February, AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts chaired the AANP Fellows Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Read Seton Hall University’s coverage of the event.