Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sonya Hardin and East Carolina University’s College of Nursing (ECU) who were awarded a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to build a comprehensive approach to caring for older adults in eastern North Carolina. The grant will allow ECU to implement an interprofessional education model focusing on geriatrics, train primary care providers to meet the specific needs of elderly patients and deliver community-based programs that address the needs of older adults and their families. Read the press release.

AANP member Joanna Bunch was featured in an article about nursing homes preparing for flu season.  Ms. Bunch warned of the increased risks associated with influenza for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Congratulations to AANP member Danielle Howa-Pendergrass who was honored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce as they highlighted Easter Utah Women’s Health.  Read the press release.

On Monday, September 21, AANP past president Dr. Angela Golden and AANP member Catherine Trossello appeared on a special Dr. Oz Show about nursing. We are exceptionally proud of the way both women represented nurse practitioners on a platform with millions of viewers.  If you missed the episode, you may watch snippets with Dr. Golden at and Snippets of Ms. Trossello’s appearance are not available at this time.


AANP past president Dr. Angela Golden preparing for her appearance on the Dr. Oz Show.


AANP member Catherine Trossello prepared for her appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, with stethoscope and all!

AANP Fellow Barb Dehn‘s article on the new iTBra™, “Why Your Next Bra Could Save Your Life,” was featured on the Huffington Post  website.  The article also contained a link to Ms. Dehn discussing dense breast tissue.

Congratulations to AANP member Barbara Carden, who was mentioned in an article recognizing the Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Living Center Program for receiving the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate.  According to the article, “ADA believes this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

AANP member Cindy Taylor was one of three speakers scheduled to educate the public about incontinence at an event in Centerville, Iowa.  The panel addressed understanding incontinence; anatomy, causes and types of incontinence; and testing, diagnosis and treatment options.  Read more.

In a Healthcare POV blog for Advance for Healthcare, AANP member Renee Dahring suggested that the recent faux pas by The View may have resulted in a move forward for nursing.  According to Ms. Dahring, “Not only did the entire nursing community rise up to set the record straight but a good chunk of the public joined in to support us. ”

In an article about Dave deBronkart‘s (e-Patient Dave) recent trip to Alaska and appearance at a conference for nurse practitioners there, AANP Fellow Deb Kiley explained that as an actively engaged patient, “Dave has a really important message about patients helping and contributing to their care.”  According to the article, participation by informed patients can be empowering and make a tremendous difference.

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