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 member Christene Amabile wrote an op-ed published in the Buffalo News that supports the inclusion of nurse practitioners and physician assistants among the list of providers who can prescribe medication assisted treatment for opiate use disorders.  Amabile said, “As a nurse practitioner with a subspecialty in addiction medicine, it is an ongoing struggle to provide individuals with timely and effective treatment given the current regulations.  Allowing NPs/PAs with addiction medicine training seems an obvious and inexpensive way to assist with the shortage of treatment providers. We have the potential workforce to meet the demands of this crisis and are not utilizing it.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Mario Ortiz, who was named the dean of the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.  As a nurse practitioner and certified clinical nurse focusing on public and community health nursing, Ortiz specializes in underserved populations and has been a nurse practitioner since 1997. Read the press release.

An article about pending legislation in Pennsylvania that could modernize practice restrictions and increase access to care quoted AANP Treasurer Dr. Joyce Knestrick and AANP member Jerry DriscollNo fewer than five separate studies, released during the first three months of this year, found that nurse practitioners expand access to care and improve patient outcomes.

What is being done to increase children’s access to life-saving vaccines?  AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke and Shot@Life Campaign Director Devi Thomas explain, “In developing nations, deadly and disabling diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and even polio remain an ever-present threat to children — not just to the well-being of local populations but to our increasingly mobile global community. While there undoubtedly have been notable successes in battling these diseases, we have yet to win the war when you consider that a child still dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease…” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member M.J. Henderson, who recently received the 2016 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the press release, Henderson is “engaged at national and state levels to advance NP practice and education. She is consistently tracking NP legislation and ready to engage the NP community at large for advocacy efforts.”

Clareen Wiencek, AANP member and president-elect of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses cowrote an article on “Defying a Death-Defying Culture”  that was published on the Huffpost Healthy Living blog.  According to the article, “to truly help people live better with serious or chronic illnesses, we must carefully define teaching standards for advanced practice nurses and beyond. Consistency of palliative care knowledge, its best practices and opportunities for clinicians’ professional development are key to ensuring that our field’s best players come to bat for our most vulnerable patients.”

Congratulations to the first class of students graduating from Boise State University with doctoral degrees in nursing.  AANP member Pamela Fields is among the graduates.  Read the press release.

Linda Bowers, an AANP member, spoke with a local news outlet regarding heart disease – the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  Bower shared risk factors and tips to stay healthy.  Read more.

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