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. Scharmaine Baker recently spoke on a Superstar panel at the Moms +SocialGood event, which highlights global issues impacting the health of mothers and children.  In her segment about addressing local and global challenges to focus on the whole child, Baker discussed the role of NPs and what is unique about their holistic care for families and children, including mental and emotional well being. View a video of the full program, or enjoy pictures below.

Capt. James LaVelle Dickens, an AANP Fellow, was interviewed on KOOP radio’s Issues for Your Tissues show during Minority Cancer Awareness Week.  Capt. Dickens’ informative 20-minute segment begins at 2:52.  Listen to the interview.

Education and advocacy are important to AANP members. AANP CEO David Hebert told Associations Now that “we are acting on both fronts” to support nurse practitioners as they work to reduce opioid abuse. AANP is advocating for legislative changes that would allow NPs to prescribe treatment for opioid addiction. Additionally, AANP and other nursing groups are joining forces to address the problem. “Our joint commitment reaffirms AANP’s dedication to promoting evidence-based standards for opioid abuse prevention and education, while recognizing the need for patients suffering from chronic and acute pain to access essential pain care,” said AANP President Cindy Cooke.

A mobile dermatology clinic owned by AANP member Jason Welch serves patients in assisted living centers who have difficulty leaving their residences to access care.  The clinic is able to remove skin cancers by radiation and surgery in a setting that is familiar to patients.  Welch told reporters that patients may feel increased independence as a result of decreased reliance on others for transportation to and from health care appointments.

One goal of AANP member Linda Keilman’s career in geriatrics has been to listen. According to the Lansing State Journal, Keilman’s individualized care and respect for older people has earned her the Salute to Nurses award for Long-Term/ End of Life/ Hospice Care nurse. “Treating them [patients] in such a way that gives them honor and respect, and treating them with dignity, is another way to thank (their generation),” Keilman said.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Suzanne “Suzi” Burns, who will receive the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Pioneering Spirit Award this month.  According to the press release, the award “recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association’s mission, vision and values.

AANP member Mark Hill was profiled in an article about his move to Cut Bank, Mississippi. Learn why he chose to work in a rural emergency room and how he is making a positive impact on his community.

“As cliché as it may be, I truly enjoy helping and taking care of people. Taking care of others is rewarding in itself, but it goes beyond that, this is my calling. This is my passion,” AANP member Brandy Dawson said in an article highlighting her career. “As a nurse practitioner, I help patients and their families understand medical diagnoses and evaluate safe, effect, cost-efficient treatment options based on evidence-based practices. This role affords the opportunity of working as an advocate on the frontline of health care for patients, explaining complex terms, answering questions and explaining various medical treatment options.”

AANP member Dr. Chandice Covington was quoted in a National Nurses Week article describing roles of advanced practice registered nurses.  The article aims to clarify and promote the important roles of APRNs and to support the important work of national nursing professional organizations on this issue.

Congratulations to AANP member Lisa B. Butler, recipient of the Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing.  Read more.

A special report on diabetes risks and ways that health care providers in South Texas are working to address a local diabetes epidemic quoted AANP member Amy BarresiLearn more about this innovative program to educate patients and community members.

AANP member and American Nurses Association President Dr. Pamela Cipriano dispelled four myths about nurses in a Huffington Post article.

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