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 members Dr. Eleanor Hethcox and Dr. Catherine Hill are among the authors of an article published by Advance for NPs & PAs that considers the expanding role of APRNs, especially as they help patients transition from one health care setting to another.

Heart Month is a great time for AANP members like Helene Reilly to educate their communities about the importance of heart health.  According to an article in The East Carolinian, Reilly said, ““It [American Heart Health Month] brings awareness of heart disease as the number one killer and awareness of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, risks for CVD is both preventable and modifiable.”

“Education is one of the most powerful tools in medicine,” according to AANP member Jennifer Robinson, who recently opened a clinic to help people meet their weight loss goals and improve their overall health and wellness. “I became passionate about medical weight loss about ten years ago because I saw how frequently losing weight helped or eliminated other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, back and joint issues, and more,” said Robinson, who is excited “to be helping people in a way I feel is truly meaningful.”  Learn more.

AANP member Chinyere Chima was pictured in an article about a Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic, a free and charitable clinic that serves the uninsured.  The clinic is working to balance their services they provide and the need for funding.

Cindy Peters, an AANP member, wrote an article about heart disease and women.  According to Peters, “Until recently, women’s heart disease treatment was based on medical research performed on men. The physical differences between men and women are obvious, but few people know that men and women have different hearts. While men have the more traditional symptoms such as chest pain or heart palpitations, women suffer from symptoms such as back pain, jaw pain, fatigue and soreness in their shoulders or arms.”

Future nurse practitioners are on their way to Guatemala to care for indigenous Mayan populations in a program spearheaded by AANP member Dr. Rhonda Goodman.  In the past several years, more than 4,000 patients have been served by this program, according to an article in Newswise.

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