Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP member Linda Upmeyer, who is the new Speaker of the House in Iowa. Ms. Upmeyer has served in the Iowa House of Representatives for 16 years, including several years as House Majority Leader. She is the first female to hold this position in Iowa. Read more. #NPsLead

The National Cancer Institute selected AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk’s evidence-based COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN Program for high school adolescents for inclusion in its Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) database as an obesity control intervention. She was also selected as a Featured Partner on NCI’s Research to Reality website, an interactive community of practice for cancer control researchers and practitioners.  Additionally, a book written by Melnyk was recognized as a Book of the Year for 2015 by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).  The third edition of her published work, “Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice,” placed first in the nursing research category. Congratulations, Dr. Melnyk!

AANP members Julie Calderon and Faith Mmborothi saw a need in local areas that was not being met and were inspired to start a house calls business.  According to an article on, Ms. Mmborothi said, “We found out that some of our patients were not able to make their appointments.  If we were able to see them at their homes and transportation wasn’t an issue, it would at least cut the costs of them going to the ER or at least make them safe in their home.”

Congratulations to AANP member Catherine Lasperches, who is the recipient of OffBeat magazine’s 2015 Best of the Beat Heartbeat Award.   Ms. Lasperches was honored for her contributions to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and LSU Health Network.  Read the press release.

Two AANP members, Dr. Susan Grandle and her daughter-in-law Dr. Jalyn Byrd, provide comprehensive, patient-centered care in one of only a few family-owned nurse practitioner clinics in Oklahoma.  In a recent profile of their practice, Dr. Grandle emphasized the importance of knowing a patient’s entire social and economic situation in order to provide the best treatment plan.  Dr. Grandle was the 2015 Oklahoma NP State Award for Excellence recipient.

Lisa Stults, an AANP member, provided tips to people in her community who hope to avoid colds and flu this season.  View the local news report.

Public service announcements about how to stay safe and healthy are popular as temperatures drop, and AANP member Cindy Lewin shared tips with Iowa residents. She indicated that there are higher frostbite risks for babies, the elderly and people who are homeless. Lewin stressed the importance of hydration and limited exposure to cold weather.  Read more.

Another local news station sought advice from AANP member April Parks to help viewers stay fit at work, even when the weather is cold.  Watch the video.

AANP Fellow and past president Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen was among more than 250 participants who recently attended the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health.  She is pictured below, accompanied by fellow American Society for Men’s Health Board of Directors members.

PKJ and ASMH BOD members


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