Spotlight on NPs

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

Double check, don’t double up with AANP Tennessee State Rep Brett Snodgrass and the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC).  AANP is a founding organization of the AAC.  Share this important information with your patients.

AANP member Capt. Jennifer Varney was featured in a U.S. Air Force news article about a secure online messaging service between patients and their health care team that helps increase access to care.  Learn more about this innovative program.

Entrepreneurship is one of many ways that NPs lead. Congratulations to AANP member Karen Reynolds, who was honored as the 2015 Small Business Association Arkansas Women’s Business Champion of the Year and recognized by the Arkansas Times as a woman entrepreneur (p.27). In the article, Ms. Reynolds described challenges that include outdated practice restrictions and a need for Full Practice Authority in Arkansas. ‪#‎NPsLead

AANP member Colleen McCarter was quoted in an article detailing ways that VA satellite clinics in Arizona are helping veterans avoid busy VA hospitals.  After serving 20 years in the Air Force, Ms. McCarter retired as a lieutenant colonel. She told reporters, “It can be so frenetic at the main hospital. It’s quieter, here and not so agitating. A lot of the guys who come back from Iraq say they don’t do well in crowds.”  Read more.

Does Dr. House drive you crazy?  Then, you’re in good company!  Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Carolyn Yucha, is an AANP member and 2015 Nevada Advocate State Award for Excellence recipient.  Read her article on change in the nursing profession, recruitment challenges and why Dr. House drives her crazy.

The importance of an annual influenza vaccination was the subject of an article featuring AANP member Dr. Catherine Ferrario.  According to the article, “The flu is typically most contagious about 24 hours before symptoms show to seven days after becoming ill.  Along with good hand hygiene, Dr. Ferrario advises to drink plenty of water daily.  She also encourages people of all ages to get a flu vaccine.”

Congratulations to AANP Utah State Rep Dr. Danielle Pendergrass, who was named Sun Advocate Woman of the Year for improving the level of health care for the female population in her area, bringing services to many who either could not travel for them or could not afford them, and receiving national recognition for her exceptional work.

Watch AANP member Ashley Collins in her media debut on the local news discussing what the World Health Organization (WHO) report on processed meat and cancer really means.  Ms. Collins recommended replacing processed and red meats with a couple of servings of fish or chicken and eating more beans for protein.

AANP Mississippi State Rep Dr. Linda Watkins gave a presentation on “Health Literacy Interventions: Bench to Bedside to Community and Beyond Opportunities” at the 7th Annual Health Literacy Research Conference in Bethesda, MD.  She also spoke last month on the meaning of collaboration at the Mississippi Nurses’ Association annual convention.

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