Spotlight on NPs

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

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board, Inc. recently held elections for 2017 Commissioner positions representing Family Nurse Practitioners. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Dixie Harms and Dr. Kerri L. Rupe, who were elected to the Certification Commission. AANPCP also expressed gratitude to AANP Fellows Dr. Mona M Counts and Dr. Lori Martin-Plank for their years of service as Commissioners. A full list of commissioners is available at

A pre-Halloween reminder from AANP Fellow Dr. Kathleen Wilson suggested that parents keep medication safely away from children, and explain that medication is not candy. Get more information about the CDC’s Up and Away campaign at

Dr. Scharmaine Baker, an AANP Fellow, appeared on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show to promote her Nola the Nurse line of children’s books and toys that feature a young girl who wants to become a nurse practitioner when she grows up. Watch a clip from the show.

AANP member Nanette Coleman wrote an article about treatment strategies for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia that was published by Pharmacy Times. According to Coleman, “Many patients with diabetes often do not completely grasp the consequences of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia on vascular health, and health care providers should not assume that a patient has been well educated on the pathophysiology of diabetes”. Even basic concepts can be confusing to some patients, as Coleman explained.

Did you know that 17,900 of the nurse practitioners who graduated in 2015 were primary care NP graduates! This marks another record year for growth of the NP profession and continued growth in the percentage of NPs trained in primary care. Compared to the 2,700 physicians matching into primary care, it’s not hard to see why there’s so much buzz about the potential of NPs to transform primary care in America. Learn more in a Health Affairs article written by AANP Fellows Dr. Anne Thomas (NONPF President), Dr. Joanne Pohl, Dr. Debra Barksdale and the Executive Director of NONPF, Kitty Werner. See the image below, and read the article.


Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Gall, who was selected to serve on a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) technical expert panel (TEP) for the Quality Measure Development Plan. Gall brings to the TEP over 30 years of experience in nursing, administrative, provider, and health IT roles. At Stratis Health, she currently supports health care organizations and clinicians as they operationalize the Quality Payment Program and other emerging health care changes, through the Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO).  Read more.

AANP member Shannon Southwick was inspired by the care nurses provided her sister when she was diagnosed with cancer, and that experience prompted Southwick to become a nurse practitioner who works in oncology. AANP member Shelley Miles gravitated toward oncology by accident, but has built a long and rewarding career in the field. Read more about the role nurse practitioners play in the recovery of oncology patients.

Congratulations to AANP member Cynthia Arcieri, who was awarded the Rivier University Outstanding Nurse and Healthcare Leader Award for her commitment to excellence and service to patients. Read the press release.

AANP member Peggy Schuelke is running for the South Dakota State House of Representatives and was profiled by the Brookings Register. “I know that the majority of people in South Dakota were in favor of Medicaid expansion, and we still don’t have that yet. And as a health care provider … I see the problems that that lack of insurance, what it can cause for people.” #NPsLead

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Calloway who is the recipient of the 2016 Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award from Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP). Award recipients must demonstrate excellence as a nurse practitioner and role model for others and contribute significantly to the improvement of care for individuals, families and their communities. Read more about Calloway’s achievements.

AANP member Joy Britt stressed the importance of vaccination to readers of the Aiken Standard. According to Britt, “Vaccines are created to prevent all of these illnesses that we’ve had over the ages that … have been detrimental. … They are there to protect us as a whole in the community, protect those that aren’t able to get vaccinated or are a little compromised with their immune state.”

Fighting cancer is a labor of love for AANP member Alice Spinelli, according to an article in Florida Today. She described her role as a gynecologic oncology nurse practitioner and explained how cancer treatment has changed over the years.

Katherine Hoebelheinrich, an AANP member and Secretary of the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners, described Nebraska’s path to full practice authority for NPs at the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners annual conference. Hoebelheinrich stressed that patients benefit from increased access to care when full practice authority is granted to NPs. Read the article.

A high protein diet helped two sisters lose a total of 195 pounds. AANP member Crystal White was quoted in an article about the weight loss and indicated that the goal of the program the sisters participated in is to increase patients’ health and well-being and reduce dependence on diabetes and high blood pressure medications. White said, “Our biggest goal is improved health and vitality, but you also have those extra rewards of improved self esteem and sometimes the social stigma of being overweight impacts people’s lives and they see improvements in that as well.”

AANP member Sarah Groce and her lung cancer screening house call service were featured by a local news network. Patients who are eligible for the program have an initial visit to discuss risk factors, ways to stop smoking, and if additional screening is recommended. Learn more.

The West Plains Daily Quill profiled AANP member Sheena Painter.  Painter firmly believes that students who are trained locally and students who have positive experiences with local employers during their training will have more incentive to stay in the area where they have trained to seek employment. “The local nursing schools are great for our community,” Painter said. “We have the opportunity to grow our own for our local healthcare facilities.” Read more.

AANP member Veronica Buckovich wrote an article for Savannah Now about embracing the journey of breast cancer treatment. Learn more about her role as a nurse practitioner who serves patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


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