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 expresses our sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the families of our nurse practitioner colleagues, Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held. Sister Merrill and Sister Held were found slain in their home last week. The two nurse practitioners, working in the Lexington Medical Clinic and serving the poor in Mississippi, exemplified the best of the NP community. Sister Merrill was a long-time member of AANP and Sister Held had also been a member. The entire NP community mourns their tragic and heartbreaking passing and grieves with their families, friends and the patients they served. Learn more about Sister Merrill and Sister Held in the first part of a video posted by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Capt. Carol Lindsey, an AANP member, was featured on page 30 of The Heartbeat, an alumni magazine published by the University of Miami. Capt. Lindsey served in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 30 years, and the article highlighted the positive difference she made during her illustrious career. Capt. Lindsey reported a love for the work she did with PHS and HRSA, and she said, “I worked in some really isolated areas, where I saw people who were so poor they were living in buses. Visiting health centers in these areas, seeing how they provide care, and talking to patients was enlightening. I was fortunate to be able to facilitate some health care for them.” NPs interested in serving in PHS or HRSA may contact Capt. Lindsey for additional information.

AANP Recording Secretary Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Tuttle was featured in recent news coverage related to her role as Vice President of ProMedica Urgent Care. Watch a local news report, where she described the role nurse practitioners would play in a new ProMedica facility in Sylvania Township.

Congratulations to AANP member Diana Oakley, who recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Casey Clinic. Oakley was nominated by a patient who complimented her for providing exceptional care and giving back to the community. The monthly DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, and was created to thank nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families. Read the press release.

AANP Alabama State Representative Dr. Kathleen Rhodes discussed the risk of college freshmen gaining unwanted weight in a local news report. According to Rhodes, parents should talk to their college-aged children about balancing school and health needs.  Additionally, parents should encourage young adults to eat a good breakfast, because it “jump starts the metabolism and provides that initial morning energy.”

In a news story about a viral social media video, AANP member Kristina Morris was interviewed regarding the negative effects of giving babies alcohol. According to Morris, if children consume alcohol, “In the short term they’re at risk for alcohol toxicity which can cause respiratory distress and gastrointestinal problems.”

AANP member Tina Monlezun was quoted in a local news story about flood related illnesses in Louisiana.  According to Monlezun, gastrointestinal infections tetanus are two health issues that flood victims should take steps to prevent.

A local news story featured an important back-to-school message from AANP Fellow Wendy Wright. Watch Health Lice Myths and Realities to learn more about preventing and treating infestation by this parasite.

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