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 congratulates Representative Linda Upmeyer on becoming Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. “As a nurse practitioner and as Speaker of the Iowa House, I have dedicated my life’s work to finding positive solutions that meet the health care needs of Iowa’s families. I am proud to represent the great state of Iowa where nurse practitioners can practice to the full scope of their education and training, and Iowans can benefit from access to their care.” said Speaker Upmeyer, who is an AANP member. Read the press release.  #NPsLead

Congratulations are also extended to AANP member Dr. Teresa Valerio, who is among the recipients of Illinois State University’s Research Initiative Award.  Dr. Valerio is a contributing author of “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice,” which won the 2011 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing.  Read more.

AANP member Karen Williams was featured in an article about Botox and acupuncture treatments for veterans who experience frequent headaches.  “If you have had a headache for days, and many have had them for years, they come in without hope,” Williams said. “They walk out either with a reduced headache or headache free and knowing relief from the pain is possible.”

Kudos and happy retirement to AANP member Jan Johnson, who was the first nurse practitioner in Monroe County, NC.  Ms. Johnson recently retired after nearly 40 years of practice. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Eileen Murphy, who recently became a member of the board of directors of Safeline Inc., a non-profit organization that “serves victims of physical, sexual and emotional violence.”  Read the press release.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and it is a good time to schedule cervical health screenings, according to AANP Fellow Barbara Dehn.  Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Lorraine Reiser was recently elected Chair of the Ambulatory Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). She has been active with Ambulatory Health Care PTAC since January 2014, representing the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Congratulations Dr. Reiser!

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