Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2017 Sharp Cutting Edge Award at the AANP 2017 National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. Melnyk is vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean and professor of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. Read more.

“Hospitalization rates plummeted 61 percent, and emergency room visits fell 64 percent among a group of patients who received home visits from nurse practitioners and graduate students during a six-month period in 2016,” according to a University of Rhode Island College of Nursing study funded by a three-year $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Public Health Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). AANP Fellow Dr. Denise Coppa used the grant funds to “advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes through enhanced primary care for the medically underserved.” Read the press release.

AANP members (and twin sisters) Becki Sutter and Carrie Sutter are co-founders of health clinics that help patients in underserved areas reach their wellness goals. “We’re almost a safety net to the safety net,” Becki Sutter said. “We give them care, get them out of the emergency room, and, hopefully, over time get them into a more secure situation by empowering them.” “We look at the factors that determine health,” Carrie Sutter said. “Food insecurity, homelessness risk, transportation issues, job insecurity, those sorts of things.” Read more.

Congratulations to Washington State University and AANP member Dr. Janet Purath, who were awarded a two-year, $1.3 million grant from HRSA to educate nurse practitioners and prepare them to increase access to primary care in rural areas. “We know from educational research that students trained in clinics that provide care to underserved people are more likely to practice in those clinics after graduation,” said Purath, and this project supports that notion.” Read more.

Forbes magazine named Penn Medicine one of the best employers in the United States, and AANP member Maria Molina explained to The Daily Pennsylvanian why Penn Medicine is one of the nation’s best places to work. Molina said, “You come to work not just to ‘survive’ your job. It’s to survive and grow, because Penn has this culture of excellence.”

AANP members Dr. Sharon Chalmers and Erin Turner were mentioned in an article about their involvement in study abroad mission trips that provide health care to patients in underserved areas of the world. “The most exciting and most terrifying part is you never know what’s going to walk through the door,” Turner said.

Weight is an important wellness factor, according to AANP member Sonya Gilson, who was quoted in an article about the relationship between weight and health. “In a quest for health and wellness,” Gilson recommended “not focusing on the number on the scale but how do you feel? How do your clothes fit? How are you functioning during the day? Is that improving?” Gilson said, “You’re worth making the healthy choices. You’re worth taking care of yourself.”

Ticks and tick-borne illnesses were the topic of an article that quoted AANP member Dr. Amy Johnson. Prevent tick-borne illness by treating pets for ticks and checking yourself regularly. “Use bug spray, wear long pants and avoid high grass areas,” Johnson recommended.

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