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 effect that a personalized music playlist may have on a patient with dementia and evening agitation was examined by AANP member Dr. Elizabeth Long, who wrote a case report on the subject published by Managed Health Care Connect. According to Long, “Personalized playlists can be a cost-effective intervention to reduce agitation in patients with cognitive issues.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Sheldon Fields is joining the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) as dean of the School of Health Professions. “Joining NYIT was an immense opportunity to lead a comprehensive school of health professions with five departments, allowing for the interdisciplinary training possibilities necessary in our ever-evolving, complex health care industry,” Fields said. Congratulations to Dr. Fields and NYIT! Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Donnie Scoggin who was recently elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Scoggin indicated that among his motivations to run for office were health care regulations that impacted health care and a longstanding interest in politics. Several other AANP members were also elected or reelected to public office in 2016. Read the announcement.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke represented nurse practitioners and AANP at the 21st Century Cures Act bill signing at the White House on December 13, 2016. Enjoy the pictures below, or view a video of the signing ceremony.

In a timely article published on New Year’s Eve, AANP member Kelly Rednour educated the public about dangers associated with excessive drinking – especially during the holiday season. Rednour encouraged readers to limit their alcohol consumption to ensure safe celebration. (Subscription required.)

Congratulations to AANP member Lynne Merriam who was recently honored with the Tampa JCCs and Federation Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence. Merriam was commended for her initiative and commitment, as well as service on several boards and committees. A business owner, Merriam has been a nurse practitioner for many years. Read more.

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