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 Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce has long been an advocate for increased clinical simulation in nursing education, and she has been sharing her insight at conferences all over the world. According to Dr. Lioce, “with simulation education, students are immersed in a situation, which affords us the ability to examine their critical thinking skills and explore the reasoning behind their actions.” Learn more about Dr. Lioce’s work.  The AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, is listed among the conferences she will be attending in the near future. We look forward to seeing Dr. Lioce and thousands of NPs June 21-26 at #AANP16.  Please join us there!

“There is a way to fix the primary care crisis, and nurse practitioners know the prescription,” according to AANP Region 4 Director Deborah Varnam. “More than 40% of states have adopted full practice authority (FPA) licensure,” Varnam said, and recognize that FPA “improves access, especially in underserved urban and rural areas, streamlines care, decreases cost and protects patient choice. In the last five years alone, seven states have enacted FPA laws, and this year, states including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are among those considering FPA legislation.” Read more.

Kudos to AANP member Sister Theresa Keller who traveled the globe caring for patients, served as a preceptor, and returned to her hometown of Sioux City, Iowa, to continue achieving her professional and philanthropic objectives. “My goal is that every nurse practitioner has the opportunity to have their work as a mission – they see it as a calling to do this nurse practitioner work,” Keller explained. Learn more about her inspirational life and work.

A partnership between Chota Community Health Services and the University of Tennessee School of Nursing is taking advantage of federal grant funds to enable medical students from all fields to gain clinical experience as they complete their studies. AANP member Katie Morgan is a clinical instructor in the program and said, “Chota wanted to be a nurse training partner with the school, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to improve education and preparation for the jobs these students want.” Read the article.

AANP member Jayne Hermes strives to fill a clinically neglected gap in health care as well as enhance patients’ quality of life by providing excellence in care and education. Hermes Healthcare, the service she owns and operates, visits senior centers and assisted living facilities to provide quality foot care, according to a recent article.

Stroke patients at St. Rita’s Medical Center are benefiting from a new Telestroke robot that makes it possible for them to be treated locally and avoid being transferred to another city for care. AANP member, Logan Smith, was quoted in the article.

AANP member Nat West established a kickball league in Mississippi to get people moving.  The primary goal of the league, according to an article in the Vicksburg Post, is to use kickball as a way to prevent chronic and metabolic health issues. Learn more about this innovative program.

Nurse practitioners are increasing access to health care for patients in rural Arizona, according to an article featuring AANP member Teresa Colunga. Patients reported that before the clinic reopened, they had to travel approximately 20 miles to receive care.

Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina, earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition. Congratulations to the respiratory therapy team, including AANP member, Anita Thurman, who was quoted in the press release and who serves as director of critical care services for Southeastern Health.
Members of the Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society (CTAPRNS), an AANP NP Organization member, attended a nursing sponsored legislative breakfast at the Connecticut State Capitol. Pictures from the event are below.

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Pictured above are: AANP member Dr. Elizabeth Visone, CTAPRNS President; AANP member Dr. Kristen Guida, CTAPRNS Treasurer; Mark Bielwaski, CTAPRNS President-Elect; & AANP member Monte Wagner, CTAPRNS Health Policy Chair

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AANP member Dr. Kristen Guida is pictured above with CT legislators Joseph Aresimowicz & Danny Rovero

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