Spotlight on NPs

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

What a story nurse practitioners have to tell! Thanks to all who attended the AANP 2016 Health Policy Conference and NP Hill Day for helping us tell it, and thanks to all Members of Congress and staff who lent us an ear. Check out this Storify for pictures and conversations related to the event, and read the press release.

Louisiana nurse practitioners are trying to rid themselves of a state mandate that requires them to have formal written agreements with physicians or dentists in order to operate practices and care for patients. The bill is currently in the Committee on Health and Welfare. Regarding collaborative agreement requirements, Buzz Jeansonne, AANP member and Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners health policy chair said, “It is outdated and it’s a hindrance to every practice that we have.” Read more.

Alicia Blacksmith, an AANP member, cares for patients at a new clinic located at a recreation and senior center in Strongville, Ohio. The clinic is intended to increase access to care for members of the community by providing personal and value-based health care in a convenient setting. Read more.

AANP member and president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Dr. Cathy Haut, was quoted in an article about the pediatric NP specialty published in Advance for NPs & PAs. “PNPs are experts in pediatric care,” said Haut. “We are very much versed in children, how they grow and develop, and what they need in terms of overall health.”

Congratulations to AANP member Joanne Potts, who was selected as one of 60 University of Hawaii at Manoa nursing alumni to be recognized at the School of Nursing’s 60th Anniversary Gala. Read the press release.

D-Ann Weller, an AANP member, wrote an article that was published by Advance for NPs & PAs on tips for emergency departments.  Ms. Weller suggested that they take a page out of Disney’s book by under-promising and over-delivering.

AANP member Linda Bowers advised members of her community that there was an increase of chicken pox cases being reported in their area.  Watch the video.

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