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 Carolyn Space was featured in an article about the essential health care services nurse practitioners provide residents of a remote island in Michigan.  A new partnership between Grand Valley State University and the clinic provides student nurses the opportunity to gain clinical hours and learn more about providing care in a rural area.

Volunteers in Medicine, also known as VIMCare, has served uninsured patients in Columbus, IN, for more than 20 years. VIMCare is implementing a new business model that will enable the clinic to treat people with or without health insurance. Clinical director and AANP member Tina Latta shares more details in this press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was recognized as a 2016 Champion of Healthcare by Columbus Business First. Melnyk received the Healthcare Educator & Advocate award, which honors an individual for creating or improving awareness among consumers about health care issues that affect specific groups or the community at large. On another positive note, Melnyk will be presenting at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress this September.

AANP member Carolyn Brady was featured in an article about an innovative program that reduced costs for both patients and the University of Virginia Health System by following up with heart failure patients.  Outcomes were also improved.  According to the article, “The program features a home visit from nurse practitioners who meet with patients within four to seven days of discharge from the hospital to answer questions and adjust medications, if necessary.”

After being unable to obtain a health care appointment that fit her schedule, AANP member Heidi Alterson founded MobileDocNP, a service offers patients health care in their own homes.  Read more about her innovative business.

Cheryl Brandi, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about brain health. While much remains to be discovered about Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive decline, the article recommended exercise, giving up tobacco, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep as ways to maintain a healthy cognitive reserve.

The Montana Telestroke Project has increased access to care for more than 100 stroke patients since the program began. The project provides specialized care to stroke patients living in rural communities. AANP member Jason Gleason describes the importance of the project in this article.

AANP member Janie McGhin was featured in an article about a her new clinic that offers diabetes education to patients in Valdosta, GA. McGhin came out of retirement to help address the “diabetes epidemic.”  According to McGhin, “We need to educate parents, particularly if diabetes is in the family,” she said. “Diabetes affects every system in your body, particularly your heart, eyes and kidneys. People with diabetes are more prone to cancer and gum diseases. Diabetes is a progressive disease. We want to stop the progression of the disease so the diabetic leads a more active life that is free of complications.”

Need tips on how to avoid heat related illnesses during the heat wave?  Read this timely article, featuring AANP member, Frank Tisdale.

 

 

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