Spotlight on NPs

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

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and AANP Fellow Capt. James Dickens suggested four ways to prevent a deadly stroke in his blog for the Huffington Post Black Voices column.

“Only 38 percent of Americans are aware of the major stroke symptoms and know to get immediate help,” said AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke in an AANP press release. “The faster people recognize symptoms and seek treatment – ideally within three hours of the first signs– the better the outcomes.”

Congratulations to AANP Michigan State Representative Dr. Beth Kuzma who was recently named an American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2017 Faculty Policy Intensive Fellow. According to the AACN website, “Dr. Kuzma believes that nurses must harness their position to positively influence policy to improve patients access to high-quality, cost-effective care by providers who are able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.”

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 shared tips to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Congratulations to AANP member Effie Martinez who received a 2017 DAISY Award for “providing extraordinary nursing care.” Read a press release about the honor.

Dr. Lynne Braun, an AANP Fellow, was quoted in an article about women’s heart health. According to Braun, “A lot of women put off taking care of themselves because they’re busy taking care of others and not thinking of themselves,” she says. “So they need to be encouraged to prioritize their own health.” Braun indicated that women’s heart health does not have a one-size-fits-all solution, so she encouraged clinicians to individualize treatment plans.

Congratulations to AANP members (and sisters) Eomba Pungu and Tsha Edith Pungu who were featured in an article by The Charlotte Post about their recent graduations from Winston-Salem State University.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke participated in an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) panel discussion on scope of practice regulations and health care reform. Watch the discussion.

Congratulations to AANP member Rene Revelle, who recently received the Advanced Practice Nurse of  the Year Award from Lake Regional Health System in Missouri. The honor is given to nurse practitioners who exemplify integrity, clinical experience and a positive attitude. Learn more.

AANP Fellow and Alaska Senator Cathy Giessel wrote a guest commentary on the recession that her state is experiencing and proposed solutions to the state’s funding needs.

Congratulations to AANP member Dawn Bova, who was nominated for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award in Ohio. According to a press release, Bova has a passion for helping families dealing with substance use disorder.

Motherhood Moment blog interviewed AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke about safety related to driving while drowsy and sleep deprivation. Read the tips she shared during Sleep Awareness Week.


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