Spotlight on NPs

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

Dr. Cindy Cooke, president of the AANP Board of Directors, is representing nurse practitioners in a new coalition to address diagnostic errors.  The newly formed Coalition to Improve Diagnosis is comprised of AANP and 11 other leading medical societies and healthcare organizations.  Read more.

AANP Fellow Gale Adcock was the subject of an article in the Cary Citizen  that advised readers about her work as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA).  Ms. Adcock was the first nurse practitioner elected to the NCGA, and she continues in her role as the Chief Health Officer of SAS Institute.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Kathleen Lehman who was recently elected to serve on the Nominating Committee of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).  AANP Fellow Dr. Susie Adams is the current APNA President.  Read more.

AANP Fellow and Chief Wellness Officer of Ohio State University (OSU) Dr. Bernadette Melnyk will represent OSU at the Million Hearts® Leadership Roundtable on Thursday (8/27) in Washington, DC. The event will bring together Million Hearts partners in an effort to expand the impact of the initiative and reach its ultimate goal: to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Learn more about OSU’s partnership with Million Hearts.  AANP is also pleased to support the Million Hearts initiative.

Heather Lien, an AANP member and glycemic control service nurse practitioner at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, was mentioned in an article about using real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) to optimize diabetes outcomes.  Ms. Lien indicated that her primary goal is to enhance the patients’ quality of life, and “goals of diabetes treatment should be to optimize glycemic control, help patients avoid acute complications and set up a plan to prevent long-term complications.”

Congratulations to AANP member Laurel Kibler who works at a clinic that was recognized by United Healthcare for excellent patient care.  Sulphur Springs Medical Clinic is among 30 Arizona care providers (and 4,000 providers nationwide) to receive the United Healthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award.  Read more.

AANP member Dr. Tomas Walker played a significant role in the development of an artificial pancreas, according to a University of Nevada Las Vegas article.  According to Dr. Walker, “Five years ago, no one would have seen nurses doing what I’m doing at Dexcom, or what other nurses are doing in the research realm.  The days of nurses working only in the hospital or clinical care setting have ended. Nurses are entering the healthcare field with more clinical experience and more opportunities to conduct research, lead practices, and change policy.”  This story was also covered by

Double kudos are in order for AANP members Angella John and Tiffiny Wilson, a mother-daughter duo who both graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s family nurse practitioner program on August 21.  Congratulations, and best wishes for continued success!  Read more.

AANP member Melissa Trout-Baron was quoted in an article about medicinal treatment for alcohol, heroin and opiate addiction.  Regarding the treatment, Ms. Trout-Baron stated, “What it does, is it decreases the urge for the drug, so the patient finds over the month that this drug is on board, they have less of an urge and less of a focus on the drug, and they’re more able to focus it seems, on their everyday life.”

Congratulations to AANP member Sarah Jenkins, who accepted a Washington Business Journal award acknowledging Riderwood retirement community as one of the top 20 healthiest employers in the greater Washington, D.C., area.  Ms. Jenkins is a nurse practitioner for the Employee Health & Wellness Center, which is used by Riderwood’s staff for urgent care and wellness visits.  Read more.

AANP is excited about the second cohort of the AANP Leadership Program.  Congratulations to Dr. Susan Conaty-Buck and 11 other AANP members who will be participating.  Read the University of Delaware’s press release commending Dr. Conaty- Buck.

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Partin, Dr. Sharon Lock, Dr. Julianne Ewen and Dr. Kit Devine who were inducted as Fellows of AANP at the AANP 2015 National Conference in June.  Good news continues to spread, as press releases acknowledging the 70 new fellows are published nationwide.  Read the press release acknowledging Drs. Partin, Lock, Ewen and Devine.

Yvette Alto-Buenaflor, an AANP member, was pictured in an article about the growing importance of convenient care clinics in America’s health care system.

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