Spotlight on NPs

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

November 13 – 19, 2016, is National Nurse Practitioner Week. We are proud to share a few articles that are written by or that highlight AANP members. Look forward to additional highlights in next week’s Spotlight on NPs, and please email if you have articles or events to share. Join the conversation online by using #NPWeek in your posts and tweets.

According to AANP Member Col. Edward E. Yackel, “Nurse Practitioners have been part of the Army Medical Department for over 50 years.” Learn more about their roles during times of peace and war in Col. Yackel’s  NP Week article: “Your Partner in Health – The Nurse Practitioner.”

In an NP Week Op-Ed for the Courier-Journal, AANP Kentucky State Representative Dr. Whitney Nash said, “Patients whose primary care providers are nurse practitioners have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.” Nash encouraged full and direct access to NPs in Veterans Affairs facilities and in Kentucky.

Congratulations to AANP member and State Representative Linda Upmeyer who was re-elected Speaker of the House in Iowa. Upmeyer will be serving her seventh term in the Iowa House. She was a nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center for many years. Read the press release.

Kudos are also extended to AANP Fellow Cathy Giessel who was re-elected to the State Senate in Alaska. According to McClatchyDC, “Giessel said she first ran for the Senate in 2010 because she was fed up with what she saw as excessive spending by a coalition that split power between Democrats and Republicans.”  Read more from KTUU and McClatchyDC.

AANP member Holly Jeffreys wrote an article about nurse practitioners and NP Week for the Amarillo Globe-News. According to Jeffreys, “Across Texas, NP practice owners have opened their doors and are working tirelessly to provide access to care to rural and medically under-served Texans.” She suggested that NP Week is an opportune time to thank NPs and to “remind lawmakers of the importance of continuing to invest and expand our health care workforce so that all Texans will be able to access the health care they need, regardless of zip code.”

The Democrat and Chronicle published an NP Week article written by AANP member Erin Howe, who indicated that the role of nurse practitioners is growing. Howe said that as the health care landscape continues to evolve, “We will need to be advocates for ourselves and our families as there will be fewer resources to go around.”

AANP member Dr. Anna Hamrick was quoted in an NP Week article published by the Shelby Star.  According to the article, “As licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education and extensive clinical preparation, NPs provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. In addition to providing a full range of services, they work as partners with their patients, guiding them toward educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.”

The role of the emergency nurse practitioner was highlighted during NP Week by AANP Fellow Dr. Jennifer Wilbeck in an article published by Emcare. She indicated that the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners is working to clarify their role.

Julia Pallentino, an AANP Fellow, was quoted in an article about NP Week published by WCTV. Thanks to all who are educating, advocating and celebrating this NP Week!

AANP member Dr. Nina Russell was mentioned in an article about the dental and health care services Mercy Medicine Free Clinic has provided for more than 20 years to South Carolinans in need. The clinic is under new management and hopes to expand services in the near future.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Suzanne Staebler who is one of 22 AANP members recently inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows. According to a press release, Staebler is an expert clinician, advocate and nationally recognized leader in the field of neonatal advanced practice nursing.

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