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 AANP New York South state representative Margaret O’Donnell, who recently received the Health Care Heroes Nurse Hero Award from Long Island Business News.  The newspaper honors health care professionals from Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Oceanside, NY, who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Virginia LeBaron is an oncology and palliative care nurse researcher who is creating a unique state map that will offer a visual representation of “rates of advanced cancer and markers of access to pain relief against markers of opioid abuse and diversion.  “Cancer pain management and opioid regulation are commonly viewed as separate clinical and policy issues,” LeBaron said, “but my intent is to analyze their intersection and offer a starting place for drug and law enforcement and clinicians to come together, each with a visual representation of the problem and target areas for balanced interventions.” Read more about this grant funded research project.

In an article about the telehealth transformation for Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, AANP CEO David Hebert said, “The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is among an increasing number of groups championing legislation and regulations that leverage technology and telehealth to strengthen patient access to health care, while upholding the quality of care patients receive. As state legislative sessions come to a close, it is clear that policymakers, too, are embracing the potential of telehealth to meet the health care needs of the nation and increasingly, recognizing the clinical value of telehealth encounters provided by all health practitioners.”

Dr. Lisa K. Diamond, an AANP member, was recently featured on Inside the Women of Denver.  Diamond is founder of the Happiness Knitting Project. On the program, she discussed the effects of stress and described how she became a nurse practitioner.

AANP Fellow Kathy Berra was quoted in an article about stress management during cardiac rehabilitation.  According to Berra, “Nurses bring experience in pathophysiology and medical management and surgical management of heart disease.”  She indicated that NPs educate patients about importance of appropriate physical activity during recovery and the effects of dietary factors on heart disease.

Congratulations to AANP member Colleen Walsh-Irwin, who was recently named the 2016 Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island Nurse Practitioner of the Year. Read the press release.

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