Spotlight on NPs

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

By conducting house calls, AANP member Rhonda Lucas increases access to care for patients who experience physical or mental difficulties acquiring care in a clinician’s office.  Ms. Lucas told the Caswell Messenger  that she enjoys providing personalized care to patients, and her patients appreciate the convenience of high-quality health care that is administered where they reside.

In an article in the Indiana Economic Digest, AANP Fellow and former member of the AANP Board of Directors, Dr. Susan Lee, described the importance of educating her patients and the general public about the role of nurse practitioners.  “People want to know, ‘Can you prescribe?’” said Dr. Lee. “They don’t understand what we do.”  NPs interested in sharing educational materials with their patients may share this infographicfact sheet, and other resources developed by AANP.

Congratulations to AANP member Elizabeth McGrath who was named to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Board of Directors.  Read the press release.

Increased access to care for seniors was the focus of a press release announcing a pilot program that provides health care to residents of a senior living community in Seattle.  The release quoted AANP member, Dr. Emily Hilderman, and indicated that the program would result in fewer trips to external medical clinics and reduced wait times for routine care needs.

AANP member Cynthia Bednarchik, who specializes in sexual health, was quoted in an article about possible outcomes associated with a drug that is intended to treat low sex drive in women and that recently received FDA approval. Now that an approved pharmaceutical treatment is available, according to Ms. Bednarchik, women may be more likely to discuss their concerns about sexual health with their health care providers.

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