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 member Dr. Rebecca Bates wrote an article published in AdvanceWeb Healthcare POV that discussed the importance of nurse practitioners honing their advocacy skills. “The DNP has the power to change healthcare. We have an obligation, as nurses and as patient advocates, to use our knowledge, skills and abilities to gain a seat at the table,” Dr. Bates said.  Join your colleagues at the AANP 2016 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 20-22 to network with NP leaders from across the country and polish your health policy skills.

A recent preventive care survey conducted by Cigna found that nearly half of insured adults are unaware that they should have an annual health check-up.  In the article, AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke emphasized the importance of preventative care screenings and said, “Without scheduled visits with your health care professional, it becomes possible for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity to go undetected and therefore, untreated, for extended periods of time.”

Congratulations to AANP member Jenny Stireman who was recently certified as a menopause practitioner.  “With this background, I will be better able to guide women through the decisions they make about medications, alternative remedies and lifestyle choices to optimize health and well-being,” said Ms. Stireman. Read more.

AANP member Natasha Lamach wrote an article for Advance for NPs & PAs that discussed management of cluster headaches using triptans. According to Ms. Lamach, “Cluster headaches are the second most common primary headache disorder seen by a neurologist or headache specialist.”

Congratulations to AANP member Wendy Corkran, who was named Employee of the Month by her employer. According to the press release, Ms. Corkran “was instrumental in the design and implementation of a smoking and diabetes program that is offered to the network and community patients at no charge. She has done a tremendous job and makes a difference every day.”

AANP BOD Recording Secretary Cynthia Edwards-Tuttle was featured in a local news interview about the role convenient and urgent care clinics play in the health care system.  Watch the video.

Congratulations to AANP members Stepheny Sumrall and Candace LaFreniere, who are among the nurse practitioners to be published in the 2015 Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare as new members of the International Nurses Association. Read press releases with more information about Ms. Sumrall and Ms. LaFreniere.

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