Spotlight on NPs

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

President of the New York State Nurse Practitioners Association and AANP member, Catherine “Kit” Veley, was featured in an article about her local and state advocacy efforts.  This is a great example of the way NPs lead and advocate for their patients and their profession. #NPsLead

Congratulations to AANP member Laure Marino, who was one of 10 nurses who received the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for action. According to the press release, Ms. Marino was recognized for her treatment model, which integrates primary care into a behavioral health model.  Hers is the only practice of its kind in southern West Virginia.

AANP Fellow and past president Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen is the only nurse practitioner and only woman on the board of directors for the American Society for Men’s Health.  She is pictured below (center) with other ASMH board members.


AANP member Merrily Mount and the South County Medical Clinic will celebrate 20 years of service to patients in Quilcene, WA, on January 1.  “The clinic is invaluable. I can’t imagine how many people would not get health care if they didn’t have that clinic,” said Anne Ricker, an early supporter of the clinic. “It’s a huge success.”  Learn more.

The University of Buffalo School of Nursing received a one-year SUNY High Needs grant to fund “Telehealth Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practitioners,” a program that will train nursing students in telehealth. The program will be led by AANP Fellow and New York North State Representative Dr. Tammy Austin-Ketch.  Read the article.

Kudos to the Health Wagon and AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Paula Hill-Mead who received a $25,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to continue providing health care to underserved populations in rural Apalachia.  Dr. Gardner indicated that health care needs are high. “We are the only source for health care that many patients have and lives are saved daily here at the clinics. Support such as the Dominion Foundation has given is critical to keeping the services of the Health Wagon continuing.”  Read Governor Griffith’s congratulatory statement.

New DNP graduates are already making a difference, and this article provides some insight into the variety of backgrounds, foci and therapeutic areas represented by those who hold DNPs.  “Their scholarly work is one of the advantages of the doctor of nursing practice degree,” according to AANP member Dr. Teresa Valerio, who is an assistant professor of nursing and the DNP program leader at ISU’s Mennonite College of Nursing.

AANP member Lori Geronimo wrote an article for Advance for NPs & PAs about central blood pressure monitoring.  According to the article, “Noninvasive methods for measuring central blood pressure have the potential to play a significant role in managing cardiovascular disease. As evidence continues to demonstrate the value of central blood pressure monitoring, clinicians will have to incorporate new methods, such as applanation tonometry and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, into their practice to ensure better patient outcomes.”

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