Spotlight on NPs

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

“AANP has always empowered NPs to serve patients everywhere through not only practice but also education, research, advocacy and leadership,” AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick told the Observer-Reporter. “I look forward to working with our members nationwide to champion patient access to high-quality, affordable, NP-provided health care.”

Dr. David LaFevers, AANP Missouri State Representative, was quoted in an article about nursing shortages in his state. The article cites a 2017 report by the Missouri Hospital Association, which indicates that “the shortage of nurses in Missouri hospitals are at an all-time high.” The number of nurses reaching retirement age, a geographical proximity rule, and a desire for full practice authority were listed among the factors contributing to the shortage.

In an Op-Ed published by The Hill, AANP member Dr. Melissa Kalensky and Dr. Mona Shattell discussed the role health plans play in the opioid epidemic. According to Kalensky and Shattell, in addition to patients, clinicians and pharmaceutical companies, “there is another important factor at play, that is, private insurance companies, and public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, which regulate what medications providers can prescribe.”

Congratulations to AANP members Roxanne Stephens and Robert Hoadley – a mother and son who recently graduated together, earning master’s of science in nursing degrees from Maryville University. “I had thought about becoming a nurse practitioner off and on for a long time, but kept telling myself I couldn’t do it. Robert talked me into doing this program with him…” Stephens said. Read more.

Dr. Michele Talley was recognized at the AANP 2017 National Conference with the State Award for NP Excellence in Alabama. Talley initiated a partnership with a large urban hospital to provide diabetes care to uninsured patients. “Under Talley’s leadership, the PATH Clinic has had significant impact on hundreds of Alabamians who might not otherwise have access to such care while saving UAB Hospital more than $1.5 million.” Read the press release.

Tammy Lo, an AANP member, was mentioned in an article about research her team is conducting, which is related to a link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer.  According to the article, “Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal of human malignancies, with five-year survival rates of only eight percent. It is on a trajectory to become the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. by 2020.”

Congratulations to AANP member Diane Baptista, who was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle. Baptista received this honor as a result of her leadership in health care. Read the press release.

AANP member Amber Schmitz shared why “sunburn, bug bites and poison ivy don’t have to ruin summer fun” in the “Ask a Doctor” column of the Herald Times Reporter. Read Schmitz’s advice to protect skin and treat common skin irritations.

The importance of hydration was discussed by AANP member Caitlyn Boudreaux in a local news article. “People normally don’t realize that they are starting to get dehydrated,” Boudreaux said. “You can start having confusion, dizziness, light-headedness, start having very decreased urine output, things like that – vomiting, diarrhea – anything like that.”

Congratulations to AANP member Anna Skripnik Lucas, who was honored with an Extraordinary Healer essay for her work implementing standards of care in radiation dermatitis prevention. According to a physician colleague who authored the essay, “Anna’s leadership and professionalism are exceptional, and she is a truly outstanding individual. She is systematic, yet creative, in her approach to patient care delivery, and uses her superior clinical judgment to tailor to the needs of each patient. It is clear that Anna continually strives to better herself as a nurse and contribute to the nursing discipline. Her dedication to improving patient care is extraordinary.”

“Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the general population,” according to AANP member Monica Livers. A local news article detailed depression statistics, symptoms and treatment options.

Changes associated with aging were discussed by AANP member Kimberly Owens in an article for SC Now. Skin care and hydration were among the topics highlighted.

Brenda Carney, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about treating chronic pain patients with medical marijuana. “Since there’s been an explosion of opiate overdose and overuse and trouble nationwide, we really felt that one of the best things for us to do was to be able to proceed with this medical marijuana instead,” Carney said.

AANP member Diane Waddell was featured in a news article about her faith-based advocacy work related to climate change.


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