Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP North Dakota State Rep Dr. Jenna Herman was interviewed by the North Dakota Today Show for NP Week.  She explained who NPs are and what they do.  She also answered several questions about the important role NPs play in the health care system.  Watch the video.

Congratulations to AANP Region 2 Director, Dr. Donald Gardenier, who was recognized as an Edge Runner, along with his colleague Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). According to AAN, “Raise the Voice: Edge Runners are the practical innovators who have led the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of health care challenges.”  Dr. Gardenier is pictured below with AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Apold at the AANP Region 2 Leadership Meeting.  Dr. Apold accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Gardenier at the American Academy of Nursing Conference.

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Dr. Donald Gardenier is presented the AAN Edge Runner Award by Dr. Susan Apold, who accepted it on his behalf.

Jennifer Valdez, an AANP Student Member, was featured in an article about nursing research leading to better health outcomes and care.  According to the Boise State University article, “While positive outcomes are at the heart of all branches of medicine, many medical professionals are focused on the effectiveness of new drugs, medical procedures and devices. By contrast, the nurses who work directly with patients are dedicated to improving patient care and decreasing errors.”

AANP member Dr. Patrick Ayarzagoitia wrote an article for NP Week that was published in the Corpus Christi Caller Times.  “The future of health care involves a caring, holistic, multidisciplinary and evidence based approach, which is an integral part of the training received by nurse practitioners…” wrote Dr. Ayarzagoitia.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and in a recent article, AANP member Lynn Kelly Devlin, a hospice and palliative care NP, urged people to talk about death and dying.  “Not everybody is blessed with a long life,” she said. “We have to play the hand we are dealt.”

In addition to her op-ed in the Washington Post today on honoring veterans by improving their access to health care, AANP President, Dr. Cindy Cooke, was also quoted in a Medscape article comparing how frequently nurse practitioners and physicians order diagnostic tests.  According to Dr. Cooke, “This study appears to corroborate previous research findings that nurse practitioners and primary care physicians have similar diagnostic workup patterns.”

AANP member Kim Brown was mentioned in an article about new cancer research.  According to the article, “More than a thousand samples with different types of cancer were studied to see how tumors would respond to a combination which includes malaria proteins.”  Ms. Brown stressed that prevention remains an important factor in fighting cancer.

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