Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to newly appointed Nurse Chief Professional Officer (CPO) and AANP Fellow CAPT Susan Orsega who will serve as an integral part of the United States Public Health Service Leadership Team. As CPO, she will provide guidance and advice to the Surgeon General and administrative committees on matters such as recruitment, retention, and career development for officers within the nurse category. Read more.

AANP Fellow Susanne Quallich recently co-edited “The Nurse Practitioner in Urology,” a book designed to advance the role of the NP as a specialty provider skilled at managing urology patients, and filled with resources to help refine both knowledge and skills from an advanced practice perspective. Urology NPs authored and co-authored the majority of the chapters, highlighting the urology NP expertise essential to making this book a practical reference for any nurse caring for adult urology patients.

According to a Medscape article, “Nurse practitioners who have the authority to prescribe controlled substances in the form of mental health drugs have prescribing patterns similar to physicians.” The article was based on research presented by AANP Region 10 Director Dr. Tracy Klein and AANP member Dr. Catherine Haut at the AANP 2016 National Conference.

Prevention is key to avoiding heat stroke, according to an article in the Corsicana Daily Sun that quoted AANP member Ethany Howden. The article stressed the importance of  recognizing and alleviating the signs of heat exhaustion to avoid a potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Key symptoms are listed in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Julie D. Helm and Brittany Dirdackto who received the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)/Astellas Heart Health Award after developing a pediatric overweight/obesity assessment and intervention tool for use in the primary care setting. Helm and Dirdackto will receive research funding to help determine if their motivational and educational tool, “Cool & Fit: Count on Overcoming Obesity for Life, Fulfill It Today,” impacts anthropometric measures in overweight/obese children. Read more.

AANP member Larlene Dunsmuir wrote an article addressing the opioid epidemic in Oregon.  According to Dunsmuir, “Nurse practitioners, physicians and physician assistants who prescribe pain medications need to continue educating themselves about the risks and benefits of opioids and alternative treatments to ensure we stem the flow of prescription opioids. And all health care providers must work to advocate for policies that will reduce public harm and improve health care for all Oregonians.”

Congratulations to AANP member Stephanie L. Motter, who is the new CEO of Monument Health, a clinically integrated, accountable network offering a comprehensive solution to meet all of an individual’s health care needs.  Read the press release.

Research on Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) that was conducted by AANP member Ingrid Forsberg and others was detailed in an Advance for NPs and PAs article.  EDS symptoms can easily be overlooked if a provider isn’t aware of key assessment points described in the article about crucial perioperative workups.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Wendy Grube, who was appointed director of the Center for Global Women’s Health at the University of Pennsylvania.  Read the press release.

AANP member Patrick Fitzgerald is running for the Wyoming State House of Representatives.  Read the press release.  #NPsLead


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