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 Sean Lyon’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) was the first nurse practitioner practice in the nation to reach the highest level of certification, level three, from NCQA with a score of 93 out of a possible 100 in 2009.  Read his thoughts on the pros and cons of running a PCMH as a nurse practitioner.

How much do professors of nursing earn?  About as much as masters prepared graduates of NP programs, according to AANP member Dr. Marianne Hutti, who suggested that inadequate compensation for faculty in Kentucky could result in difficult recruiting and retaining highly qualified educators AND students.  Read the op-ed article.

At a recent press conference held by the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, AANP member Stephanie Crawford explained the importance of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578 / H.R. 1342), which would permit nurse practitioners to certify Medicare home health plans of care for those who need it.  Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Amber Vermeesch, who was one of eight nursing professors invited to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing National Faculty Intensive Program.  According to the press release, Dr. Vermeesch “has made it her mission to reduce health care disparities among minorities… and is working to take action against limiting health policies as a family nurse practitioner and seeing patients in primary care settings in addition to teaching.”

In a blog for Barton Associates, AANP member Dr. Melissa DeCapua discussed the importance of using appropriate terms when referring to nurse practitioners.  She recommends the elimination of terms like “mid-level” and “extender” from the health care lexicon.  Read AANP’s position statement on the same subject.

Laura Whitfield, an AANP member, was featured in an article about ways that nurse practitioners increase access to health care for patients in remote or underserved areas.  Dr. Ridenour, a physician, indicated an appreciation for the comprehensive and compassionate care NPs provide.

Congratulations to AANP member Hope Jensen, who earned her Menopause Practitioner certification from the North American Menopause Society and shared tips related to menopause with members of her community.  Read the announcement.

A new study led by AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk sheds light on why many hospitals struggle with quality, safety and costs. The study, which appears in the February issue of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, found that the use of evidence-based practice among chief nurse executives and their hospitals is relatively low, and many of the hospitals in the study reported poor scores on key performance measures, such as falls and pressure ulcers.  The study points to a disconnect among hospital leadership as the root of the problem. To read more about this study, visit

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