Spotlight on NPs

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

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are not interchangeable, according to AANP member Dr. Virginia Hass, who is both an NP and a PA. To learn more from her unique perspective, read an article written by Dr. Hass and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

If Florida HB 423 is signed, “Florida would become the 50th and final state to authorize NPs controlled substance prescriptive authority…” Dr. Taynin Kopanos, vice president of state government affairs for AANP, told Forbes. “The bill has passed the legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk.” Read more.

Five recently released academic studies add to the body of evidence indicating that “nurse practitioners expand access to care, improve patient health outcomes, boost rural health care, lower primary care costs and reduce emergency room admissions.” This article supports the modernization of NP practice regulations in Pennsylvania and features AANP Fellow Dr. Lorraine Bock. (Access Fee Required.)

Do you have questions about the Zika virus?  Read this insightful interview with AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy E. Dirubbo. In addition to Zika, Dr. Dirubbo discussed a wide range of viruses and stressed the importance of educating patients.

Oklahoma nurse practitioners visited their state capitol this week to encourage legislators to modernize practice legislation. Removing barriers to NP practice could help NPs provide patients with the best possible care. Damarcus Nelson, AANP member and 2016 Oklahoma Advocate State Award for Excellence recipient, was interviewed in this video.

“As a nurse practitioner with more than 24 years of experience in primary care, I understand what it means to provide high quality health care,” AANP Treasurer Dr. Joyce Knestrick told readers of Penn Live. “Nurse practitioners are the right prescription to addressing Pennsylvania’s and America’s primary care crisis.”

North Carolina State Representative and AANP Fellow Gale Adcock wrote an op-ed in support of NC SB 695/HB 807. She said the state can “do the right thing for health care access by lifting the supervision requirement” related to NP practice. Read more.

AANP member and former AANP Health Policy Fellow Sara Marlow was a guest on Good Day Sacramento where she discussed seasonal allergies and over-the-counter medications that could help alleviate them.  Watch the interview.

An article about ways that the University of South Florida School of Nursing is helping military medics transition into civilian nursing featured AANP member Dr. Rita D’Aoust.    The 16-month V-CARE program, or Creating Access to Registered Nurse Education for Veterans, gives credit to veterans for experience. Dr. D’Aoust indicated that in 2011 there were more than 11,000 unemployed medics and corpsmen at the same time the U.S. was facing a nursing shortage. The V-CARE program hopes to address both issues and help increase patients’ access to quality health care.

AANP member Kiryn Evans wrote an op-ed about helping herself and others heal from domestic violence.  Ms. Evans indicated that “nurses are often on the front lines of abuse; it is vitally important for nurses to be able to recognize it and to advocate appropriately for the patient and family.”

“A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is no longer restricted to veterans returning from war. Given that 5.2 million Americans have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetimes and 6% to 10% of patients in primary care having PTSD, it may be beneficial to incorporate a screening for this condition in primary care,” AANP member Brittany Lewis told readers of Advance for NPs & PAs. Read her article on the importance of screening for PTSD.

AANP member Emely A. Winchester gave a presentation about nurse practitioners to a Palm Beach Atlantic University audience.  She discussed her career path and decision to become an NP and she explained why NPs are becoming increasingly popular health care providers. Read more.

Three nurse practitioners in Fairfax County, VA, were featured in an article about the high quality health care they provide to hundreds of  homeless people each year. Karen Wood is one of those outstanding NPs, and she is also an AANP member.

AANP member Mary Ann Teeter gave an informational seminar to educate people in her community about common effects of stroke, including difficulty with speech, language, swallowing, balance and movement.  Information on rehabilitation and therapy options was also presented.

The Ozark Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, recognized its board certified nurses and nurse practitioners for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care. Several of those recognized are AANP members, including: Glennette Haney, Michelle Sims, Amelia Holmes and Susan Kenslow. “Board certified nurse practitioners make a difference to their patients and their institutions.  They are unique professionals that have made the commitment to life-long learning, patient advocacy and professional practice,” the article indicated.

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