Spotlight on NPs

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

What are the six easiest resolutions for better health in 2017?  A regular contributor to the Huffington Post Black Voices column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens shared his recommendations with readers.

Men and women experience heart attacks differently, according to AANP member Valerie Clark. In preparation for National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, Clark wrote an article to educate men and women about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. She also recommended preventative health screenings.

AANP member Greg Curry was profiled in a local newspaper, where he described his career path and role as a nurse practitioner. A recent NP graduate, Curry indicated that “a search for a more meaningful career and budding fascination for health care” were factors that motivated his career choice. Read more.

The flu is reaching epidemic levels, according to an article that quotes AANP member Emiley Button. Common symptoms of flu were described in the article, and Button recommended washing hands as one way to prevent the spread of colds and flu.

AANP member Justin Jeffries wrote an article about Hospital Readmissions for COPD that was published by Advance for NPs & PAs. According to Jeffries, “Education combined with adherence to current recommended pharmacological approaches appears to be the most effective way to limit COPD exacerbations,” but challenges remain related to patient and provider education.

CVS Health is supporting the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign with a $10 million commitment. CVS Health’s press release quoted AANP member Dr. Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for MinuteClinic, and announced free heart health screenings on Valentine’s Day. According to Patterson, “Many women do not realize that most regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin at age 20, and that knowing your personal health numbers helps you and your health care provider better determine your risk for developing future problems.”

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