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 AANP Kentucky State Representative Dr. Whitney Nash and AANP member Dr. Sara Robertson who were honored as American Academy of Nursing Edge Runners for their work at the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center. According to a press release, “The Academy’s Raise the Voice Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction.”

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article titled, “How Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia Can Hurt Your Health.” She also appeared on Let’s Talk America with Shana Thornton to discuss Sleep Deprivation and Your Health. Listen beginning at the 18 minute mark.

For National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, AANP member Kara Couch wrote an article on “The Art and Science of Wound Care Nursing.” According to Couch, wound care nurses provide patient-centered, holistic care, and they “talk about lifestyle choices, habits, financial concerns, the patient’s emotional state, and a variety of other factors that can be deeply personal but also incredibly relevant to their wound healing journey.”

Carol Warfield also celebrated National Nurses Week by writing an article that explains how crucial nurse practitioners have become to the health of patients nationwide. Warfield, an AANP member with 37 years of experience, also detailed the path she took to become an NP.

Drone use in health care was the subject of an interview that AANP Fellow and Executive Director of the Heath Wagon Dr. Teresa Tyson did for Rural Monitor. During an event held by the Health Wagon in July 2015, medicine was delivered by drone for the first time. Tyson sees additional potential for drone use in health care and said, “We’ve got a very large geographical footprint here, serving the indigent patients in far southwest Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains, so drone usage would provide a great opportunity to supplement the health services that we currently have.”

AANP member Lisa Rathman was quoted in an article describing methods Lancaster General Hospital used to obtain the nation’s lowest readmission rate for heart failure patients. Rathman explained that building strong relationships between providers and patients is key to reducing readmission rates.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, who received the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2017 Nurse Researcher Award at the March AONE National Conference. This award recognizes a nurse researcher who has made significant contributions to nursing research and is recognized by the broader nursing community as an outstanding nurse researcher. Read the press release.

AANP member Lauren Havens was quoted in an article about ways to prevent heart disease in young adults and children. Havens encouraged well-child check-ups and  suggested that parents “Let your kids have choices let them be a part of meal planning, grocery shopping that’s all very important and sets you up for good habits later on.”

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