Spotlight on NPs

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

“As the U.S. health care system faces the aging of the baby boomer population and the rise of chronic disease, nurse practitioners (NPs) are leading the way by demonstrating positive results in managing care for older patients and the complexity of chronic conditions,” AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick said in a Daily Nurse article. “This includes innovative practice solutions, research and training, and policy advances at the state and federal level to strengthen access to NP-provided health care.” Read more.

Full practice authority for NPs “really is a no-brainer,” said AANP member Ricki Garrett in an article for the Clarion Ledger. “… We are a rural, medically underserved state, and by allowing nurse practitioners to practice at their full scope, we can greatly expand access to care for the citizens of Mississippi … It’s a way we can increase access to care without costing a dime.”

Patient education is a hallmark of the care nurse practitioners provide. Check out AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke‘s six tips to boost summertime health. Tip #1 is drink plenty of water. Read five more tips.

The Health Wagon was featured by Dutch Public Broadcasting in an online news feature, and at the 14:55 minute mark in a general news update. The broadcasts are in Dutch and feature AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner. AANP Fellow Dr. Paula Hill is also part of the Health Wagon team.

In an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle, AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk explained why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking. According to Melnyk, “Moderation, in this case, is most definitely a vice from a health perspective, and a potentially life-shortening approach.”

“Navigating a head lice diagnosis may feel frustrating and overwhelming for many parents, especially if their child has required multiple rounds of treatment due to a recurring infestation,” AANP Fellow Wendy Wright said in an article about an online survey related to head lice treatment. Also in the news, an article on the ModernMedicine Network discussed the outcomes of Wright’s study “Comparison of immunization rates of adults ages 65 years and older managed within two nurse practitioner-owned clinics with national immunization rates,” which was published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP).

Congratulations to AANP member Elisabeth King who became the runner up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year award after raising more than $115,000 for new cancer treatments. Nationally, 2017’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised more than $45 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. King wanted to do more for her patients and said she was motivated to raise money “for patients who… need new treatments for their cancer. Or for my patient who has to decide between buying his family groceries and picking up his cancer drugs.” Read more.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. To mark the event, STL today interviewed AANP member Amy Pontius, who said, “The more people that you can get vaccinated and don’t continue to contract or pass on a disease or an illness, the  better off the whole community is.  We can get into what’s called a herd immunization where everyone around is basically immune to these diseases.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Denise Wilson, who was recently named associate dean for academics for Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN).  Dr. Wilson is also the project director for the $1.4 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant recently received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.

AANP member Deborah Burchfield received funding to provide a variety of health care services to patients on August 15 via a mobile health unit. The event increased access to care and included sick visits, follow-up appointments and referrals. Read the Central Maine article.

Nursing students at the University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences benefit from simulated health care interactions in a real setting using a robot named Sim Junior to emulate adult patients. AANP member Brandon King was quoted in an article, indicating that the nursing program is addressing a need for more primary health care providers in Oklahoma.

AANP member Dorothy Portillo was mentioned in an article about a clinic renovation project that will occur during National Health Center Week. According to the article, Portillo is the clinic’s “longest-serving volunteer and staff member” and among many experienced health care providers at the clinic.

Congratulations to AANP member Shannon Shuman who was recently honored as an Outstanding Alumni of Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. The annual honor recognizes contributions to the community or the college through leadership or volunteering. Learn more.

AANP member Angela Hamilton was quoted in an article about the dermatology practice she leads. The clinic treats all age groups. “As the largest organ of the body, the skin is vulnerable to a variety of adverse health conditions and diseases, some of which can be very serious,” Hamilton said. “The most threatening of these is skin cancer, which can be fatal if not treated properly.”

The University of Michigan-Flint recently received a $1.2 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant to support NP education. According to AANP member Dr. Connie Creech, who is director of nursing graduate programs at UM-Flint, students “…will receive both specialized education to care for rural populations and strong financial support to allow them to complete clinical placements in rural areas in Michigan. This will increase the pipeline of health care providers for rural populations in Michigan.” Read more.

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