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 member Jennifer L. Vedral-Baron, who is the new director of the VA’s Tennessee Valley Health Care System.  “We are excited to bring Ms. Vedral-Baron on board as the new director of the Tennessee Valley Health Care System,” said John E. Patrick, Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 9 Director. “Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”

AANP member Cassandra Altringer was featured in an article about her new role. Altringer discussed how it feels to be an NP student, preparing for a great deal of new responsibility, and explained why she wanted to become a nurse practitioner.

Congratulations to Gwyn Parris-Atwell, an AANP member who is among the finalists for the GEM Awards. GEM awards are presented to nurses from all specialty areas and practice settings who have been identified by their colleagues as the best in their profession. Read more.

One Nurse’s Journey from Bedside to Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service” profiled the career trajectory of AANP member Lt. Meg Whelpley.  The article described her pathway from a bedside nurse to a travel nurse to an NP.  Whelpley now serves as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service.

AANP Fellow Dr. Beth Luthy wrote an article encouraging immunizations for college students to prevent illness and save lives.  According to Luthy, “In the past three years, there have been five outbreaks of meningitis B on college campuses in the United States.” Luthy indicated that vaccinations are, “a different kind of back-to-school supply, but it’s one that can — ultimately — save a student’s life.”

Angela Patterson, AANP member and chief nurse practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic, discussed the importance of getting a flu shot in an article that detailed the results of a survey to determine what percentage of Americans get flu shots and where those vaccinations are given.  According to Patterson, “It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity. That’s why we recommend getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available to ensure you have the best protection before flu season peaks.”

Thanks to AANP member Rachel Lehouillier for chronicling her positive experiences at the AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio.  If you were unable to attend, please read the article and learn why thousands of NPs attend AANP conferences each year.  A list of upcoming conferences is available on the AANP website.

Congratulations to AANP member Kerry Peterson, who was recently elected to the 2016 Nominating Committee of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Read the press release to learn more.

“I really believe that education is the key, that people are just starving for education about diabetes in general, and pregnancy in particular,” said AANP member Jamie Jadid during a presentation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting. “Moving forward, I would like to see more collaboration between diabetes providers and women’s health providers,” Jadid told Endocrine Today. “Every diabetic woman of childbearing age should be referred for diabetes education so she understands the risks related to pregnancy and the importance of glycemic control and contraception. In consideration of the increasing incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes in in young women, more research examining effective treatments for that population would be beneficial.”

University of Pennsylvania graduate students are visiting a small Appalachian community as part of a women’s health service-learning project spearheaded by AANP member Dr. Wendy Grube. According to an article about the project, “Grube designed a research study in which she spent four months living in the southern coalfields. This work revealed a complex array of sociocultural circumstances that kept women from receiving cervical cancer screenings. This is multi-factorial, it’s very complex, and, if we’re going to make an impact, we have to develop relationships with people in communities that are long-standing, that are trustworthy, that are dependable and reliable and subsidized to get women to engage,” Grube said. “I’m hoping that will make some change.”

AANP member Julianne Hunisch is helping pregnant women in addiction crisis and advocating for others who are battling opioid addiction. An article about her work indicated: “A firm believer in education of the public on opioid addiction and treatment options, Miss Hunisch understands the harsh reality that the opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate — not even against women carrying children.”

Cindra Greene, an AANP member, wrote an article that detailed why breast-feeding significantly decreases risk of many diseases.  Greene offered tips for successful breast-feeding and shares information regarding the health and financial benefits of breast-feeding.     

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