Spotlight on NPs

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

“During her 12-plus years working with chronic pain patients, Brett Snodgrass has stepped into multiple leadership roles: working with the Tennessee state legislature in developing chronic pain guidelines for healthcare providers, acting as an advocate for nurse practitioners by representing Tennessee in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and serving as director of clinical operations for LifeLinc Pain Centers.” An AANP Fellow, Snodgrass was profiled by Memphis Medical News. Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Wendy Likes was profiled by According to Likes,”Healthcare is evolving and will definitely look different in the future. I think some of the things I look forward to are where all practitioners practice at the top of their license, and advanced practice RNs have full practice authority to be able to do the things we are uniquely trained to do in order to improve access while maintaining quality.” Learn more about Likes’s career path and role as Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, professor and director of the Center for Clinical Research & Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who was elected the 2017 President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).  Kleinpell is the third nurse to serve as president in the 46 year history of the organization. Read more, and follow Kleinpell on Twitter at @SCCMPresident.
AANP Fellow and former D.C. representative Dr. Andrea Brassard was featured in the February 6 edition of “Inside Scope” a cable program on Fairfax (VA) Public Access that will also air on 500 stations nationwide.
Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, who was elected Chair of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). Read more about Robert’s impressive career, her advocacy on behalf of NPs and their patients, and her new leadership role.

A study authored by AANP Fellow Wendy Wright, “New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Take the Lead in Forming an Accountable Care Organization,” was published in the current issue of the Nursing Administration Quarterly journal. According to the study, “Patients managed by NPs working in NP-owned clinics cost Anthem an average of $66.85 less per member per month than the physician-managed patients. Data obtained from the Anthem ACO provide evidence that NPs provide quality, cost-effective health care. Our conclusion is that including NPs in Medicare, ACOs will decrease costs to Medicare through the provision of high-quality, cost-effective care provided by NPs. Access the journal article. Subscription required.

Congratulations to Louisiana State Representative Dustin Miller, an AANP member who will receive the AANP 2017 Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award for Excellence at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia this June. According to an article in Daily World, “Miller said his goal is to help people who don’t normally get health care. He currently works at a rural health care center in Acadiana. He has also served on the Louisiana House of Representatives health and welfare committee since he was elected as a local representative in 2015.”

The Jackson Recovery Clinic in Sioux City, IA, integrates primary care services with addiction treatment services.  AANP member Rachel Wurth serves as assistant medical director for the clinic, and she described the role of the clinic in stabilizing physical and psychological conditions to support recovery from addiction and treating new health care needs that arise as a result of addiction. According to Wurth, “This clinic isn’t just for while they’re in treatment, this is a lifelong primary care medical home.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Kim Choma who was listed by StatNews as one of the Top 13 Clinicians to Follow on Twitter. See what she has to say by following @kchoma.

AANP Fellow Susan VanBeuge was quoted in an article about nursing being among the most trusted professions. VanBeuge referred to the time involved in providing the patient-centered care for which nurse practitioners are known.

Katherine Reina, an AANP member, was interviewed for a My Nightingale blog on Latino culture in nursing. The benefits of being bilingual and sensitive to subtle cultural differences were discussed. Reina said, “As a primary care provider, I think health is everybody’s business and we all responsible for our own outcomes. Therefore, I strongly recommend that people take the time to educate themselves on the health impacting trends that are out there and speak with their providers about healthy choices that are complementary to their lifestyle needs.”

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