Spotlight on NPs

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

In a new article titled “Link Between Zika Virus, Microcephaly, Stillbirths & Miscarriage,” AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo and AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke provide background information on the Zika virus and share concerns regarding pregnant women and their babies.  Tips for clinicians are also included in this timely article.

AANP Fellow Dr. Michal Boyd was highlighted in an article about bringing meaning to the end of life.  “One of my wishes in life is that we would get to a place in the next 20 years where we are not only comfortable about talking about where we want to die and who will be there, but also a conversation with our families to say it is okay if I need rest home care in the last few years. Don’t feel guilty… residential aged care is not a bad thing. It is a consequence of the major increase in life expectancy, which represents one of the most amazing public health and medical achievements of the last century.” Said Dr Boyd.

In an article about recent legislation that would require employers to make accommodations for breastfeeding mothers to pump or breastfeed while at work, AANP member Mindy Byrd stressed a need for to educate employers regarding the time and space required for women to take advantage of this healthy option for themselves and their babies.

Small steps lead to a healthy heart, according to AANP member Erin Rice.  February is American Heart Month, and a great time to check out these heart healthy tips to help put a healthier heart within reach.

AANP member Kelly Blackmon spoke at the South Georgia Medical Center’s Wear Red Breakfast last week to kick off Heart Health Month.  She urged women to take care of themselves, know risks and get regular health checkups.  Learn more.

Interested in learning how family and friends can support a loved one with addiction?  Miki MacDonald, an AANP member, spoke to people in her community about the issue and said, “The key thing is clarifying that it is not necessarily something they have done.  This problem can arise in anybody… Shame is useless. … It interferes with care and recovery.”  Read the article.

AANP member Laura Huss was featured in an article about nurse practitioners caring for children in local schools.  The clinic’s mission is “to improve the health of the community and to bring wellness services to neighborhoods around Greater Cincinnati.”

Congratulations to Elmeria Susan Teffeteller, an AANP member and finalist for the 2015 Extraordinary healer Award for Oncology Nursing.  An article supporting her nomination indicated, “Elmeria shares our passion for oncology. The patients, the families, the illness, the sadness, the healing, the hope, the hospitalizations, and the deaths are all a part of what we face together on a daily basis. She never loses sight of what oncology nursing is about. Her leadership inspires us to be better oncology nurses.”

AANP member Amy Chandler Aeschilman was highlighted in an article about the important services she provides patients in an area that experienced reduced access to care due to a clinic being closed nearly three years ago.  “That was right in the population I loved,” Ms. Aeschliman said. “Rural communities that were medically needy and underserved.”

Lucia “Lucy” Thompson, an AANP member, was mentioned in an article about interventions that could help combat type 2 diabetes before it is diagnosed.   According to the article, family history and obesity can be overcome by education, improved diet, and regular exercise.

Congratulations to AANP South Carolina State Representative Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun, who is among the recipients of the 2016 Palmetto Gold Award for nursing excellence. According to the press release, “The award honors South Carolina nurses from various practice settings who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.” Learn more about this award program.

Congratulations to AANP member Sylvia Estrada, who was appointed the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors. The position was created in 2014 to increase the board’s diversity of thought and address the needs of the early careerist nurse leader.  Read the press release.

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