Spotlight on NPs

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

Provider burnout is the subject of an article written by AANP member Dr. Megan Weigel.  According to Dr. Weigel, “Burnout results in decreased care and professionalism, increased errors, lower patient adherence and satisfaction, and increased rates of substance abuse/suicide/intent to leave practice.”  Read her tips to combat burnout.

Theresa Mallick-Searle, an AANP member, discussed a multimodal approach to pain management during a session she taught at Painweek 2015.  According to Ms. Mallick-Searle, “Pain is the leading reason people seek medical attention, costing the nation $625 billion annually — more than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.”  Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Member Dr. Patti Vanhook, who was appointed to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Advisory Council.  Read the announcement.

Stan Bevis, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about the chain of health care clinics he started that bring care to rural areas.  “We do not want our clinics to be about a certain socioeconomic class,” Mr. Bevis said. “It’s about changing health care. I don’t just say that to say the right thing. I truly believe that.”

Congratulations to AANP member, Michelle Cooper, who recently opened an NP-owned clinic that is staffed with nurse practitioners.  AANP member Kelly Watson is pictured with Ms. Cooper.  Read more.

AANP member Kim Reffitt was featured in an article about a clinic that serves at risk communities and is struggling to remain open as a result of limited funding.  Ms. Reffitt has another job offer, but she does not want to “abandon the patients who she’s come to know and care for.”

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