Spotlight on NPs

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

Thank you to all who participated in the AANP 2016 Elections, and congratulations to those who were elected. Terms of office begin at the close of the AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, June 26, 2016.

“Access to high quality primary care is key to improving patient outcomes,” AANP Region 1 Director Nancy C. O’Rourke told readers of Commonwealth Magazine. “Research published by the University of Missouri in 2014 found that full practice states have lower hospitalization rates and improved health outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid patients. And, the United Health Foundation’s 2015 ranking of healthiest states in America included eight full practice states among the top 10.” Read the article.

Dr. Edward Allen Sizemore, an AANP member, was featured in a KentuckyOne Nurse Magazine article about primary care in rural areas.  Read the Clay City Times coverage of this story, which includes Sizemore’s favorite thing about being a nurse practitioner: “getting to know patienets and their families and having the opportunity to help them lead healthy and productive lives.”

Oklahoma’s Nursing Times highlighted AANP member Michelle Ellenburg in her role as a new nurse practitioner.  According to the article, Elelnburg and the clinic where she works plan to increase screening for nicotine abuse, alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, because of the negative impact that these factors can have on patients’ health.

“Time is of the essence when a patient experiences a prolonged seizure, and immediate action is required to prevent long-term neurological damage,” according to AANP member Thomas Lawson and co-authors of an article in the April issue of Critical Care Nurse. “Status Epilepticus in Adults: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment” provides guidance for clinicians whose patients experience continuous or recurrent seizures.  Read the press release.

A study by AANP member Tom Bartol compared costs associated with care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by either physicians or nurse practitioners.  The study, published in Health Services Research, found that after controlling for other factors, Medicare costs for patients of NPs were more cost-effective than for physicians’ patients. Learn more.

“As the opioid epidemic continues to impact people of all demographics,” AANP member Christene Amabile told reporters investigating access to buprenorphine for patients addicted to opioids. Regarding current practice regulations, Amabile said, “It’s very limiting, very frustrating, and I think it’s a medical/ethical issue as well, withholding medication that could be a lifesaver for some, and not readily available.”  Read more.

“Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the country, it’s extremely expensive (to manage) and diabetic medications do nothing to reduce the symptoms of diabetes,” AANP member Kyle Rountree told readers of the Panama City News Herald in an article promoting an innovative new program his clinic is offering to help diabetes patients.

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