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 members Hilary Barnes and Danielle Altares Sarik were among the authors of an article published in Medical Care Research and Review that examined the effects of regulation and payment policies on nurse practitioners’ clinical practices.  Using a national sample of 252,657 ambulatory practices, the authors of the study examined the effect of state policies on Medicaid acceptance and on NP employment in primary care practice.

Dr. Michelle Pardee, Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer and Dr. April Bigelow are AANP members who coauthored a Clinical Advisor article titled, “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Missed Clinical Opportunities.”  This important article provides information “for primary care providers that they can use to assess, identify, and intervene with adolescent patients who are being trafficked for sex, so that missed clinical opportunities can be prevented.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Kathy Wheeler, who was recognized by the National Academies of Practices (NAP) as a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow.  This distinction is bestowed on individuals who have achieved exemplary careers in their respective health professions and made enduring contributions to public policies influencing health care practice.  Read more.

Greater autonomy for nurse practitioners is the right move for Pennsylvania, according to an article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Lorraine Bock. Proposed legislation could modernize practice regulations for NPs, and Bock explained that NPs would continue to provide patients with high quality care should the bill become law.

Why is the DNP degree here to stay?  What is fueling its growth?  AANP Fellow Dr. Stephen Ferrara answered those and other important questions about the DNP in his article for Daily Nurse.

Are Male Nurses Treated Differently?  In the May “Point/Counterpoint” section of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), AANP member Dr. Ryan Mallo said yes, from a professional standpoint, but it is easier to stand out among the masses when the majority of your peers are female. AANP Fellow Lee Moss, however, said nurses now are judged on their skills, knowledge, and performance, without regard to gender.

Congratulations to AANP member Barbara Safriet, who was honored by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) with the 2016 Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.  Safriet is health law and policy expert who advocates for advanced practice nursing. Read the press release.

AANP members Gail Shockey Petro and Melissa Shockey are nurse practitioners who share a special bond. They are sisters, and in her role as  Assistant Professor at Illinois State’s Mennonite College of Nursing, Petro recently presented Shockey with a diploma for completing the FNP program at Mennonite College of Nursing.  Read more.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing awarded AANP member Dr. Donna Gullette the Outstanding Woman Faculty Award for 2016. According to the press release, “Dr. Gullette truly demonstrates the essence of an outstanding nurse and an outstanding woman faculty by leading by example in her administrative duties, faculty role and clinical practice.” Congratulations Dr. Gullette!

AANP member Fredda Jackson demonstrated life-saving skills during an afternoon out. Jackson used the  Heimlich maneuver to save a choking child. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Doreen Cassarino and AANP member Dr. Vicky Stone-Gale, who were appointed to the Florida Board of Nurses Controlled Substances Formulary Committee.  Read the press release.

AANP member Charlene Madanat is the recipient of the 2016 Holly Rader Advanced Practice Nursing Excellence Award from Beebe Healthcare.  This award recognizes nurses or nurse practitioners who exhibit excellent clinical skills in the holistic, patient-centered care of patients. Congratulations Ms. Madanat!  Read the press release.

Surani Hayre-Kwan, an AANP member, was mentioned in an article about the CARE Act, a law recently enacted in California that was intended to reduce hospital readmissions.    According to Hayre-Kwan, the law empowers caregivers to be more involved in the discharge process and may help improve patient care.

Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Muirhead, who is a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Heroes Awards. She is a clinical assistant professor and adult nurse practitioner in Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.  In collaboration with the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Muirhead leads a program that provides specialty education in veteran care for undergraduate nursing students.  Read more.

A featured nurse column on Healthy Communities Online highlighted AANP member Dr. Mary Blankson.  Read the article.

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