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 Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen was quoted in an article about the proposed VA rule that would give veterans direct access to care provided by APRNs in VA facilities. According to Jensen, “If nurse practitioners were able to function to the level of their education, we would be able to see patients in a more timely manner. We would be able to decrease those wait times in primary care.”

An article that announced $2.2 million in federal grants for the University at Buffalo to address nursing shortages quoted AANP New York North State Representative Dr. Tammy Austin-Ketch. According to Austin-Ketch, “There are thousands of qualified applicants rejected from nursing schools every year because we don’t have enough seats in the classrooms, or we don’t have the faculty to teach them.” These grants would help address those needs.

AANP Alabama State Representative Dr. Lori Lioce was quoted in an article about telehealth robots being used to teach nursing students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. According to Lioce, “So many of our students work in addition to taking online classes, and this new technology provides them with much greater flexibility to participate in inter-professional collaboration… As a part of clinical course requirements, graduate nurse practitioner students will receive a phone call – as the nurse practitioner ‘on-call,’ – from our undergraduate students about a patient’s condition and diagnose and treat the simulated patient in real-time, using the robots to be present and interact.”

The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program recently announced the publication of the article, “Oral Health in Pregnancy,” in the July/August volume of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)! AANP member Dr. Judith Haber is among the authors of the article, which “describes the oral health issues that expectant mothers face both physiologically, as well as in terms of access to oral care.” Ways to integrate oral health competencies are included for clinicians caring for women during pregnancy.

AANP member Bradley Bigford was featured in an article on the front page of the Idaho Statesman that detailed the launch of his new house call business. Inspired by comments on social media that indicated Bigford could fill a need for increased access to health care, he decided to answer the call. According to Bigford, “The person I’m trying to see and treat is someone who’s really busy, who finds it really difficult to get into a clinic.”

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