Spotlight on NPs

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

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and Joy Britt, an AANP member, was featured in an article about vaccines and their role in protecting people of all ages from preventable illnesses. “Immunizations (are) there to help your body build resistance to certain viruses, certain bacterial infections, to prevent those illnesses,” said Britt, who noted the ability of vaccinations to protect the health of communities.

AANP member Jessie Lindsey exemplifies the leadership and compassion for which nurse practitioners are known. She is currently living in Georgia, but has enlisted the support of colleagues, friends and community members to deliver essential items to flood victims in Louisiana. Read more.

At Live to the Beat Jackson, health care experts discussed the impact of heart failure in African-American communities and demonstrated their commitment to improving heart health in Jackson, MS.  AANP member Beverly Oliver, a cardiovascular nurse practitioner, was among the panelists. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Julia Behr, new dean of the R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont College. “We are extremely fortunate to find someone with Dr. Behr’s experience as a nurse practitioner and as an educator to lead our nursing and health care programs,” Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp said in a press release. “Our School of Nursing has always produced excellent graduates, and with Dr. Behr’s leadership, I am sure that will continue.”

According to AANP member Carmen Morales-Board, “One of the central and most dangerous aspects of public service is interacting with people in distress.” In her op-ed, she indicated that “more than 40 percent of all workplace violence takes place in social service and healthcare settings.” Morales-Board believes that orientation type training could help prepare public service workers for what they will encounter on the front lines.

An article about AANP member Sheena Painter was published in the Houston Herald and detailed her career path from certified nurse’s assistant at 17 years old to family nurse practitioner. According to the article, Painter believes that students who have positive experiences with local employers during their clinical training will seek employment in the areas where they were educated. “The local nursing schools are great for our community,” Painter said. “We have the opportunity to grow our own for our local healthcare facilities.”

AANP member Dr. Toni DiChacchio was quoted in an article about a West Virginia University program that places APRN students in free health clinics to complete their practicum. “When people think of underserved populations, they tend to think of rural populations,” said DiChiacchio. “However, the underserved populations include people who are vulnerable — homeless people and even people who are on Medicaid, because sometimes they cannot find the appropriate providers. There are also still pockets of uninsured people out there.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal was the keynote speaker at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals Summer Commencement Ceremony on August 6. Congratulations graduates! Read more.

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