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 Hails VA for Advancing Regulatory Proposal to Grant Veterans Full and Direct Access to Nurse Practitioners. Read AANP’s press release.  A Modern Healthcare article about the proposed rule quoted AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke.  “Veterans stand to significantly benefit from this essential VA policy update, which gives them unencumbered access to nurse practitioners and the excellent, compassionate and patient-centered care they provide,” Cooke said.

In an article by Health Leaders Media, Dr. Cindy Cooke explained three reasons why FPA is important and provided an example of state borders dividing practice environments.  “Alabama is a collaborative state and I actually worked for the military, so it’s a federal property where I can practice to the full scope of my education and training. But as soon as I drive outside of those states, I’m not smart-enough, apparently, to do it again. To me, it’s a terrible waste of people. We have the expertise and let’s utilize it. The patients are suffering. Access to care is huge.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Ingrid Forsberg, who at 71 years of age is the oldest graduate this year (and second oldest graduate ever) at Rush University.  Forsberg earned her master’s degree in 1978 when she became a nurse practitioner, and she decided to pursue her DNP at the age of 69.  Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Ric Ricciardi coauthored an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) blog on lung cancer screening.  According to the article, patients can use a new suite of AHRQ tools effectively “to learn the facts about lung cancer, compare the benefits and harms of screening with LDCT, evaluate how their own values relate to screening, and learn about insurance coverage.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Kevin L. Smith, who presented his paper “Adherence to sinusitis treatment guidelines in the evisit setting: a quality improvement project” at the iHealth 2016 Clinical Informatics Conference of the American Medical Informatics Association on May 5, 2016, and at the  American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Conference on May 15, 2016. He was also a keynote presenter at ATA on the topic of regulations in ambulatory telemedicine and virtual care.

AANP members Dr. Toni Barnett and Kim Thompson are among the authors of a study on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) published in Advance for NPs & PAs. According to the study, “With the high prevalence of obesity, diabetes and dyslipidemia in the general population, NAFLD has become a common diagnosis in primary care practices. It is imperative for PCPs to be familiar with the disease and management options. Additionally, it is important to look for and manage obesity and metabolic syndrome early, and try to identify patients at risk for more severe liver disease in order to establish closer follow-up and the need for therapy.”

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the DFW Great 100 Nurses, which has recognized more than 2,600 nurses from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for their contributions to the nursing profession.  Congratulations to two AANP members who are among the 2016 honorees: Margaret Galvez and Robert Metzger.  Read more.

AANP member Sean L’Huillier authored an article in Clinical Advisor about his transition into the role of a family nurse practitioner (FNP).  He shared information about the amount of time it took to receive his license to practice and how that affected his transition to practice.

Congratulations to AANP member Wendy Fletcher who won her party’s primary election and is in contention for the 99th Kentucky House District. Learn more.

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