Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

In his regular column for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices Column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens addressed men’s health issues during Men’s Health Month. According to Dickens, “Categorically, African American men are the unhealthiest of all Americans. Threats that disproportionately affect all men like heart disease, stroke and cancer are impacting African American men earlier in their lives, resulting in more complications and more serious problems down the line, including higher mortality rates.” Dickens offered four ways men can fight back.

National HIV Testing Day increased awareness of the importance and ease of HIV testing. According to AANP member Sarah Knorr, “There’s great treatment for HIV now, including medication that can help an individual lead a full and complete life for the most part. At this time, there’s no cure, but there’s excellent medications to treat it.” Learn more.

Tavell Kindall, an AANP member, was quoted in a local news report about the prevalence of HIV in Louisiana. Kindall discussed the importance of testing and mentioned a new drug prescribed for prevention of the virus.

AANP member Lisanna Gonzalez was mentioned in an article published by the New York Times about the relationship between fear of deportation and the health of undocumented immigrants and their children. According to the article, an 8 year-old patient experienced physical symptoms related to fear of her parents being deported.

A Newsweek article by Robert Reich pictured AANP member Paula Glass and detailed Reich’s evaluation of “Trumpcare.” Glass provides patients health checkups at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

NPs lead and give back to their communities in a number of ways. For example, AANP member Karen Hawes fixes old bicycles with spare parts and gives the repaired bikes to children who need them. “I have no idea what got me into this, but I’ve always been open to going down other roads,” Hawes said. “There was a need for it, so I started do it.” Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Marianne Hutti led research and development of a new app that “makes scoring of the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale (PGIS) easier, predicting patients at greatest risk for intense grief after perinatal loss, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant within 28 days after birth.” Read more about her research and the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale app.

A study in the American Journal of Critical Care explores PTSD susceptibility in NPs and PAs, and it quotes AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke.  Read the following recent blogs by Dr. Cooke:

Coverage from the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia

We are pleased to share that AANP inaugurated a new president at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania native Dr. Joyce Knestrick officially assumed responsibility as president for the organization on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Dr. Knestrick succeeded Dr. Cindy Cooke, who served as AANP president for two years and is now AANP Immediate Past President. Read AANP’s press release.

“Our nation is struggling with opioid abuse, and nurse practitioners are an active part of the solution,” said AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick. “More than 4,500 nurse practitioners will have access to exceptional training at this conference that they can employ with their patients at home, and that is a huge step in the right direction in the fight against opioid abuse nationwide.” Read AANP’s press release.

Several media outlets reported onsite. Below are several of the articles. Click on the outlet names below for their full coverage.

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  • Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care in the Spotlight at AANP – “Our conference theme this year is Nurse Practitioners Revolutionize Health Care, and that says a lot about how NPs are changing things for healthcare in the United States,” said AANP Fellow and Conference Chair Susan VanBeuge. AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, who is a member of the organizing committee said, “Preceptors don’t get anything monetarily, but they get satisfaction that they’re able to give back to the profession. It behooves us as NPs to teach and train the next generation of NPs coming behind us.”
  • Assumptions Blind Practitioners to Human Trafficking“Worldwide, there are 30 million victims of human trafficking, and there are 800,000 new victims each year, AANP Texas (S) State Representative Jessica Peck told Medscape. “Once recruited into trafficking, the average life expectancy of a victim is only 7 years, so we want to rescue them quickly.” According to the article, “An estimated 87% of rescued trafficking victims had at least one encounter with a healthcare provider during captivity, but they were not recognized as victims.”
  • Hospital Visits by Nurse Practitioners Prevent Readmission“When older patients are visited in the hospital by a nurse practitioner, rates of readmission in the 30 days after discharge can be reduced dramatically in this vulnerable population, according to a pilot study” by AANP member Katie Wingate.

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