Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to seven AANP members, including two AANP Fellows who were inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow of NAP on March 18. “Membership in the NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care.”

  • Doreen Cassarino, DNP, FNP-BC-ADM, FAANP
  • Catherine Concert, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, NE-BC, CNL, CGRN
  • Valerie Fuller, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, NE-BC, CNL, CGRN
  • Julianne Ossege, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Sallie Porter, DNP, PhD, APN, RN-BCC, CPNP
  • Nicole Rouhana, PhD
  • Wendy L. Wright, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

More than 2.5 million Americans have opioid use disorder (OUD), according to a Pew Charitable Trusts article, and laws in some states negatively impact the ability of nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine, an anti-addiction medication, to their patients. AANP member Christina Van Hilst is pictured, and AANP VP of State Government Affairs, Dr. Taynin Kopanos, is quoted in the article.

Congratulations to Dr. Lori A. Spies, an AANP member and assistant professor in the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing who recently received a 2017-18 Fulbright Global Scholar Award for her commitment to research in the field of global health. Read the press release.

“Architect, U.S. Navy officer, deep sea diver, college professor, nurse practitioner” and AANP member David Davis has quite a remarkable story. According to Davis, “Architecture and nursing are very similar. Both seek answers to programmatic questions. You identify a problem, seek an intervention, implement the intervention and evaluate the implementation.” AANP Rhode Island State Representative Dr. Denise Coppa served as his advisor and was mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Tricia Bruketta who was honored by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. According to an NAPW press release, “A Nurse with 30 years of experience and a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner for nearly 20 years, Tricia Bruketta is now the President and Founder of Memory DayByDay. The nonprofit organization specializes in helping people diagnosed with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s dementia, and providing support to caregivers.”

AANP member Mendy Sharpe is a new family nurse practitioner, and an article highlighting her accomplishments indicates that she believes education for patients and providers is the key to improved health outcomes.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Tomas C. Walker, who was named the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) 2017 College of Nursing Alumnus of the Year. Walker leads a team that is working on development of an artificial pancreas to help people who have diabetes. Learn more.

Twin nurse practitioners are both AANP members and professors at George Mason University (GMU). A GMU article explained that Dr. Carrie Suter was the recipient of the AANP Virginia NP State Award for Excellence in 2016, and Dr. Rebecca Sutter will receive the same honor at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia this June. Congratulations to both Sutter sisters.

AANP member Dr. Danielle Howa Pendergrass was featured in a Campaign for Action series that profiled leaders in the nursing profession. Pendergrass said, “As nurses, we have the ability to influence and create a much richer impact but we cannot do this unless we diversify our stakeholders. It is through cross-sector collaboration that we will make a measurable impact on health, well-being, and equity.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Alice Teall, who received the 2017 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer for her work as a clinical instructor of practice and the director of the online Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Oklahoma State University. According to an article highlighting this honor, Teall believes in creating a sense of community for distance learning students. Teall said, “In distance learning, faculty don’t have to be distant from the students.”

According to a local news report, nurse practitioners in McDonald County, Missouri, help improve patients’ access to care and make patients feel as healthy as possible. AANP member Frank Tisdale said, “Whether it be acute illness or even a long standing problem that needs to be addressed so they have access to us immediately.”

AANP member Lynn Aquadro was mentioned in an article about the 20th anniversary of a nurse practitioner managed clinic where she was the first executive director. Among the first NP-led clinics, the site continues to provide essential health care services to populations challenged by limited access to care.

A local news article described the role of AANP member Andrea Pedersen, who leads a new urgent care program at Massa Berry Clinic in Sturgis, South Dakota. Pedersen said, “One of my favorite things about healthcare is being compassionate. You really get to know families and build a relationship with not only the patient but the entire family.”

Congratulations to AANP member Lakshi Aldredge, who recently received a National Psoriasis Foundation 2016 Medical Professional Award. According to a press release, “Nominated by patients and colleagues, award recipients are clinicians who have made a significant impact in the psoriatic disease community and have joined NPF in our mission to drive efforts toward finding a cure and improving the lives of those affected.”

AANP member Dr. Jennifer Walton was featured in an article about preventing heart disease in women. The article emphasized the importance of cardiovascular screenings and indicated that heart disease is “the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths every year. It takes the life of one woman approximately every second.”

The demand for nurses with advanced degrees continues to grow in Indiana, and recruiters at health systems are working to fill hundreds of openings, according to an article that quoted AANP member Brandon Lee. Across Indiana, the number of nurse practitioners grew 35 percent from 2012 to 2015.

A local news article about telehealth quoted AANP member Thanh Nguyen. It indicated that anyone with a camera equipped phone, tablet or computer could use that device to reach a health care provider.

The National Quality Forum recently named AANP member Betty Rambur to its Cost and Resource Use Committee. Rambur will receive the AANP 2017 Advocate State Award for Excellence at the AANP 2017 National Conference, based on her work as the sole nurse on the Green Mountain Care Board which oversees innovation and regulates health care in Vermont. Learn more.

AANP member Amy Fennel was recently appointed by Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, to the Kentucky Commission on Women. The commission is dedicated to elevating the status of women and girls, empowering them to overcome barriers to equity and expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Jamesetta Newland, who was recently honored by New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing. According to a press release announcing the honor, Newland is a strong proponent of faculty practice and has extensive experience with nurse managed health centers.

AANP member Sarah Schroeder was pictured and quoted a local news article about ways that tenacity and technology helped a 72 year old cardiology patient recover after her heart stopped working.






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