Spotlight on NPs

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

In an article about improving health care through social services, AANP member Beryl Sowah exemplifies the exceptional care that sets nurse practitioners apart from other health care providers.  The article opens with Ms. Sowah accompanying a patient to the pharmacy to make sure his insurance company will cover his prescription. “A lot of patients have been so bitten by the system that they’ve lost trust in the system. We see confidence building up. We see people taking more charge of their health because they see that there’s access. They’re able to access the resources, so we see a big change in people’s attitudes,” said Ms. Sowah.  The article suggested that thanks to Ms. Sowah and the Plainfield Health Connection, patients have increased access to care that helps them avoid unnecessary emergency room visits.

Dr. Elizabeth Long, an AANP member, was highlighted in two articles about Lamar University students who are helping dementia patients recall memories through the Music and Memory project.  According to the 12NewsNow article, “Music and Memory is based on the belief that a link exists between dementia sufferers’ favorite songs and forgotten autobiographical memories. Music-evoked autobiographical memories, or MEAMS, are often especially vivid or detailed due to our brains’ partiality for sounds. Basically, when things in one’s life happen to music or have a musical association, they are often more easily remembered.”  The benefits of music therapy are well documented, and according to Dr. Long, “It’s nice to be able to show them (students) that science and art can come together to improve patient outcomes.”  Read more.

AANP member Nycole Oliver was mentioned in an article recognizing the affordable education provided by her alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.  The article described Dr. Oliver’s admirable career path from working mother and student to nursing instructor.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  AANP member and doctoral student Jeanne Potts, a breast cancer survivor, was featured in an article that details her remarkable experience as both a health care provider and a patient.  Learn about AANP’s partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of breast cancer and the care nurse practitioners provide.  #FindItFightIt

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