Spotlight on NPs

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

An Advance for NPs & PAs article about the top education related concerns for nurse practitioners quoted several expert nursing faculty, including AANP Fellows Dr. Shelley Hawkins, Dr. Sheila Melander and Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, as well as AANP members Dr. Laurel Halloran and Dr. Candace Harrington.  A faculty shortage, challenges securing clinical placements, the DNP degree and changes in education were discussed. According to Hawkins, “Given the scope of the role and the complexity of the world in which we live, we must have more highly educated NPs, and this is why we must be prepared to offer our students a comprehensive, cutting-edge education.”

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new nurse practitioner run clinic that was recently opened by Columbia University.  According to Ferrara,  “Nurse practitioners focus on the whole person and help patients make lifestyle choices that can actually prevent diseases and help them stay as healthy as possible. We get to know each patient, his or her history, health goals and challenges, so that together we can develop a clear and personalized treatment plan.” Read more on the Columbia University and Daily Nurse websites.

Dr. Andrea Barnes-Grant and Dr. Kathy Ingelse are AANP members and Jonas Scholars who were motivated to earn doctoral degrees because they wanted to improved health care for veterans.  According to a Nurse.com article, Brigadier General (Ret) William T. Bester, senior adviser, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program  said, “Scholars such as Dr. Grant and Dr. Ingelse will greatly impact upon the care we provide to our veterans by focusing their clinical expertise and their research efforts on veteran-specific healthcare issues such as TBI, PTSD, other mental health disorders related to deployments and combat, poly-trauma, loss of hearing and eyesight, military sexual trauma, spinal cord injuries and homelessness, just to name a few.”

One of the first nurse practitioners to practice in the Middle East was AANP member Nikki Miller. When the United Arab Emirates agreed to recognize and allow the use of nurse practitioners only at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi campus, Miller answered the call. She recently shared her experiences with FNP students at Illinois State University’s Methodist College of Nursing. Read more.

AANP member Dr. Danielle Sarik was among the authors of a blog that addressed the importance of pending legislation related to APRN practice in Pennsylvania. According to the blog, removing outdated barriers to practice and “Utilizing APRNs to their full potential could relieve our strained system.”

September is Pain Awareness Month, and AANP Fellow Brett Snodgrass has been busy sharing her expertise. Snodgrass was quoted in a Medpage Today article based on a survey with results that indicated many patients lack knowledge of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She was also mentioned in an Advance for NPs & PAs article about what it takes to be opioid free.

AANP member, oncology NP and cancer survivor Carlene Springer was profiled by NBC Nebraska.  According to the article, patients appreciate Springer’s compassion, and Springer said, “Oncology is my passion. When I’m not here, I’m miserable. When I’m here, that’s what I’m meant to do.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Nan Gaylord whose achievements were recently recognized by the American Academy of Nursing. Gaylord, also the director for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Nursing Practice, was acknowledged for her ongoing efforts to bring nurse-led health care to underinsured and uninsured children in the Knoxville, TN, area.

AANP member Dr. Rebecca Bates wrote an article on the DNP Essentials for Advance for NPs & PAs that discussed how to apply knowledge and skills acquired in a DNP program to practice and positively impact health outcomes for patients.  Bates asked, “When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought about how the DNP Essentials can provide a framework for your professional growth and development?” She encouraged readers to join her in using the DNP Essentials to change the world.

In July, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret “Marge” Dean contributed to a US News article that advised seniors about important things to look for when they are seeking a new health care provider. Dean emphasized the importance of finding a provider who would take time to really listen to their patients.

Do your patients know the facts about flu shots? AANP member Kimberly A. Young distinguished facts from myths in an article for the Courier Post.

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