News Coverage of 2016 NP Week

National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate the exceptional care NPs provide and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that all patients can have full and direct access to NPs. Letters to the Editor and articles that recognized NPs during 2016 NP Week are below.

Thank you to all who participated in NP Week November 13-19, 2016, and helped make it a great success! 

AANP member Ana Bartholo was featured in an article published by the U.S. Army that explained why nurse practitioners are 222,000 solutions to the health care provider shortage. Bartholo said, “I am very interested in global health, and how regional differences in health access and policies affect outcomes. I am also involved with forensic nursing and sexual assault response because it can have a significant impact on one’s life.” Read more.

Sandpoint, daho, Mayor Shelby Rognstad honored nurse practitioners with a signed proclamation during NP Week. Three of the NPs pictured in an article about the celebration are AANP members Cynthia Dalsing, Michelle Anderson and Tabitha Barron.

AANP member Dr. Caqthlin Poronsky wrote a letter to the editor of The Southern Illinoisan urging readers to support adoption of the Veterans Administration’s proposed APRN rule that could give veterans full and direct access to nurse practitioners in VA facilities.

Laurie Buchwald is an AANP member who wrote an NP Week op-ed that appeared on According to Buchwald, “Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out of pocket costs.”

AANP members Meredith Hunhoff and Holly Haberman were among the Yankton, South Dakota, nurse practitioners honored during NP Week. Read more about their recognition.

The first lady of Kentucky Glenna Bevin presented nurse practitioners with an NP Week proclamation signed by Governor Matt Bevin. “This week, and every week, we are thankful for those men and women who dedicate their careers to helping and serving others,” said Mrs. Bevin. “As a former ER nurse, I know how demanding the healthcare field can be, but I also know how rewarding it is. Kentucky is blessed to have so many highly trained, qualified nurse practitioners. They are the heart of healthcare, and we proudly recognize and honor their service.”  AANP Fellow Dr. Julie Marfell is among the NPs pictured.

AANP Fellow Dr. Kevin Letz was a guest author of the Doximity blog during NP Week. He discussed ways that entrepreneurs can balance health care and business. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Pamela Cipriano, who celebrated the grand opening of her practice on Nov. 13, the first day of NP Week 2016.  Cipriano’s practice is the first in Connecticut to specialize in internal medicine and be run by a nurse practitioner. Learn more.

Several AANP members were among the nurse practitioners recognized by Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center during NP Week. Read the press release.

Darla Porter, an AANP member, was featured in an NP Week article published by “We’re finding that nurse practitioners have really great outcomes, really develop a good rapport with their patients, and they really provide excellent care,” Porter said. “So we’re hoping the nurse practitioner profession will just continue to grow.”

AANP member Alice Loper wrote an NP Week article for Georgia College that listed several fun NP facts. According to Loper, The providers of health care in the Georgia College Student Health Clinic are all nationally certified nurse practitioners and see around 9,000 students per year in the clinic.”

An NP Week article about nurse practitioners in New York state quoted AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara. According to the article, both the NP role and regulations related to NP practice are continuing to evolve.

The importance of nurse practitioner clinics in rural communities was explained by AANP Fellow Julia Pallentino. Learn more by watching a short video.

The Missouri Nurses Association published an op-ed in the Daily Journal during NP Week that educated the public about the role of nurse practitioners. According to the article, Missouri holds more than 7,000 NPs and 100,000 registered nurses in the state. Because much of the state is rural, NPs offer a critical path to care for many of Missouri’s citizens.

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