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 Terri Squires was featured in an article highlighting the mental health services she provides patients in Colorado.  Her integrative practice combines pharmacology and psychotherapy to address patients’ needs.

AANP member Dr. Maria Dolce is the principal investigator of an innovative new partnership between Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Northeastern University’s School of Nursing, funded by a $1.2 million cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Beginning in February, the two schools will be bringing primary care into the dental clinic to help underserved patients access care. They will also be educating nurse practitioner and dental students on working together as a team. Read the article and press release.

On January 24, 60 Minutes aired a report by Scott Pelley about The Health Wagon and AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Paula Hill-Meade, NPs who provide health care to underserved populations in Appalachia. Read the announcement and watch “On The Road With the Health Wagon.”

“Primary care providers of multiple disciplines are working together to meet the needs of patients across the country,” AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke told Forbes. “Nurse practitioners are educated to perform myriad primary care functions, diagnose, prescribe medications and conduct physical exams.”  According to the article, more than half (52%) of the nation’s family physicians reported work alongside NPs on teams. A photo of AANP member Myra Tilson is included in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Misty Kirby-Nolan who was honored for her humanitarian work as a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Ms. Kirby-Nolan is the first person to appear in the video linked to this article about the award.

AANP member Katie Gorham discussed Vivitrol at an Addiction Community Training & Support (ACTS) meeting in Arlington, MA.  Read more about Ms. Gorham’s role in educating the community about ways to prevent opioid abuse relapses.

Claire DeHaan is an AANP member who is making a positive difference by providing health care to residents in a small town in Montana.  “I love my job. I love the people I work with and the patients I see. There are, of course, challenges, but I have an amazing support system here and I have added some really great people into my life,” she said. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Merrily Mount and the South County Medical Clinic in Quilcene, WA, who celebrated 20 years of providing health care to patients in an underserved area.  “I don’t know what we would do if it [the clinic] wasn’t here,” Brinnon resident Joy Baisch said.  Read the press release.

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