Spotlight on NPs

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

“To provide the highest quality care for patients, it is imperative that all members of a health care team practice to the fullest extent of their educational preparation and clinical expertise,” said AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke in an article published by The Society for Participatory Medicine. Dr. Cooke and AANP Associate Vice President of Federal Government Affairs Debra Swan attended a Joining Forces event at the White House recently and shared the images below.

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Congratulations to AANP South Carolina State Representative Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun who received several honors recently. Dr. Demonbreun was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Community Service Award from Family Solutions of the Low Country, the Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award 2016 from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, and the 2016 Carol R. Collison Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from the Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter (University of South Carolina, College of Nursing). Images of the awards are below.

AANP Fellow Dr. Sharmaine Lawson-Baker and her Nola the Nurse book series have been making headlines in recent months. The books offer a positive role model for children and teach them about the important nurse practitioner role. Read more.

The Pat Tillman Foundation provides educational scholarships to veterans and their spouses help veterans continue their education and serve their communities.  AANP member Emily Thompson-Schelberg is a former Tillman scholarship recipient, and she is quoted in an article about the positive difference the foundation is making.

Congratulations to AANP member Lynne Allen who was named Oregon Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Jeanette Parker was among the authors of an article published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care that discussed ways that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help reduce the occurrence of pertussis in children. A report on the study was published in Contagion Live and indicated that APRNs play a vital role in protecting infants, and their influence and advocacy may help reduce pertussis infection rates for at-risk populations. Dr. Parker wrote, “Advanced practice nurses can play a significant role in protecting infants younger than 12 months old through initiating and supporting advocacy efforts at the state level for childcare employee Tdap [tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis] vaccination.”

AANP member Dr. Michael Carter recently presented the Key Note Address at Oxford University Hospitals in Oxford, England, during a celebration of advanced nursing and midwifery. Read more about the event.

Dr. Caqthlin Poronsky, an AANP member, 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. Read the article.

AANP member Sandy Schellinger was among the researchers on a study about emotional and social states near the end of life, which found that experiences are often more positive than people might anticipate. Schellinger was featured in an interview that suggested people should rethink end-of-life dread.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Rose Knapp, who recently received two prestigious awards.  She was named the 2016 New Jersey State Nurses Association Forum of Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year for her contributions to the nursing profession, education and health of patients.  Dr. Knapp also received the 2016 Lambda Delta chapter Hannelore Sweetwood Mentorship Award from Sigma Theta Tau.  The award recognizes nurses who foster talent and development in providing guidance to colleagues. Read more.

AANP member Rachel Gruenberg explains how to have a healthy holiday by avoiding excess weight gain and keeping infections like the flu or cold away. Learn tips to stay healthy to enjoy holiday time with family.

AANP Pennsylvania State Representative Dr. Lori Martin Plank is pictured below manning an AANP booth before the U.S. Presidential Election and urging attendees to make their voices heard by voting.


Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a big source of concern for people of all ages, particularly parents. In November, Diabetes Awareness Month, AANP Indiana State Representative Angela Thompson recently appeared live on WISH TV (a local station in Indiana) to educate the public during a segment on diabetes.

The Chickasaw Nation WomenHeart Support Group hosted a public education session on diabetes that featured insight from AANP member Laura Dooley. Learn more about the event.

Congratulations to AANP members Dr. Sharon Byrne and Dr. Brenda Marshall who were among the 13 top nurses recognized by the New Jersey State Nurses Association for making an extraordinary impact on the profession and their communities. Read the press release.

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