Spotlight on NPs

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

Barriers to NP practice are described in a Modern Healthcare article that features AANP Fellow Gail Sadler, AANP members Dr. Andrea Parsons Schram and Dr. Mary Chesney, and Florida State Senator Denise Grimsley (an AANP Associate Member). According to the article, “Nurse practitioners support collaboration, but not if it’s mandatory. ‘When it’s mandated by the state, it can curtail access to care,’ said Andrea Parsons Schram… ‘If a nurse practitioner has to collaborate, and that collaborator leaves the state or retires, then she may have to stop seeing patients.’”

“Nurse practitioners might be the only primary care or mental health providers in their area and serve as a critical entry point into the health care system,” according to AANP member Cathy Phillips. Read her Op-Ed describing ways full practice authority for NPs in Nebraska and other states positively affects patients’ access to quality care.

In a recent article for Clinical Advisor, Dr. Margaret Ackerman, an AANP member, referenced Atul Gawande’s TED Talk to share that “during the 1970s, a patient had the equivalent of 2 full-time staff care for him during a hospital stay. In 2012, that number had increased to 15 per patient, largely because of technology and specialty practice.” Ackerman urged providers to keep the care in care coordination.

AANP member Anna Jarrett led a team that wrote a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant for $1,081,735 that was funded last July. Under Jarrett’s leadership, this grant supports the development of a clinical training program that increases the number of advanced practice registered nurses and helps meet the health and wellness needs of Arkansas’ medically underserved populations.  “Ultimately, this project will provide 30 DNP-prepared, practice-ready nurse practitioners for rural Arkansas,” Jarrett said. “We are recruiting clinical partners and have signed a memorandum of understanding with our first clinical partner in this effort…” Read more.

Learn more about the role of a cardiovascular NP in this interview with AANP member Sandy McLoughlin. In addition to describing her role, McLoughlin discussed ways that treatments have changed for cardiology patients due to health care advancements.

Several AANP members have become Shot@Life Champions. Shot@Life is a United Nations Foundation program that works to increase children’s access to vaccines.  We are excited to share these great pictures from the 2016 Shot@Life Champion Summit.  Learn more about the program and how to become a Shot@Life Champion.

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