Spotlight on NPs

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

It’s that time of year again – National Immunization Awareness Month! Watch AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick discuss the importance of vaccinations as children prepare to begin another school year. #NIAM #NPsLead

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke busted immunization related myths in the Huffington Post and explained why everyone deserves a shot. Learn more about the four myths Cooke addressed.

In the Huffington Post‘s “Black Voices” column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens said, “Nearly 95 percent of school-aged kids are vaccinated, but growing numbers of parents are opting out of these life-saving shots, and kids are getting sicker as a result.” Read five reasons to ensure children’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Community Health Heroes in New Orleans interviewed AANP Fellow Dr. Sophia L. Thomas about her role as a pediatric nurse practitioner and back-to-school health concerns. Thomas stressed the importance of regular physical exams, immunizations and more. The interview begins near the 2:34 mark.

Back to School Week: Keeping your kids healthy during the school year” features AANP member Megan Monroe, who reminded parents to ensure that students who are beginning pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school and seventh grade have been immunized. Monroe stressed the importance of hand washing and discussed common back-to-school illnesses.

Congratulations to AANP Tennessee State Representative Brett Snodgrass who was recently named a 2017 Memphis Healthcare Hero by the Memphis Business Journal. Read the press release.

An Ohio State University (OSU) clinic is expanding services, thanks to a new federal designation. “We are very dedicated to continuing to provide critically needed comprehensive primary care services to optimize health and well-being in our community,” said AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion and dean, OSU College of Nursing. “Our team approach to care is led by nurse practitioners and includes interprofessional health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best evidence-based physical and mental health care.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie J. Fuller, board president of the Maine State Board of Nursing, who received the Elaine Ellibee Award in honor of significant contributions she has made to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Read the NCSBN press release.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellows program (FAANP) granted funds to support a national pilot project “aimed at demonstrating the influence of nurse practitioners in reducing unnecessary testing,” according to a VUSN press release. Two AANP Fellows, AANP Region 4 Director Dr. April Kapu and Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, will use the grant to conduct an expanded Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Choosing Wisely collaborative study focused on improving clinical practice. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Louise O’Keefe, who was recently selected to participate in the National League for Nursing (NLN) LEAD program. O’Keefe was also nominated for the Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award for exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. Read the press release.

AANP member Lisa Meadows was recently named director of  a mobile health care unit that provides free asthma, dental and general health screening services to underserved children. “We’ve all watched families have to make really hard [economic] decisions,” Meadows said, “and I’ve been able to witness first-hand how disparities impact neighborhoods, how poverty impacts the actions of others. That stays with you. It drives me to create a change.” Read more.

A shortage of nursing faculty in West Virginia may negatively impact the supply of nurses, access to care and quality of care, according to an article published by WV Public Broadcasting. AANP member Dr. Melody Wilkinson said, “The AACN estimated that annually we may see up to 64,000 qualified applicants who are unable to be accepted into schools of nursing… So there’s simply not the capacity to educate those qualified applicants to help them graduate to become nurses.”

In a recent CVS Health survey, 67 percent of respondents indicated that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. Dr. Angela Patterson, MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer and AANP member said that it can take a couple of weeks to build immunity, so patients should get their flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Patterson added, “influenza strains tend to change each year, so it’s very important to get vaccinated every year to make sure you are protected.” Learn more.

Thielen Student Health Center at Iowa State University is addressing students’ sexual health needs. AANP member Mary Raman discussed long-term birth control options, Intrauterine Device (IUD) and Nexplanon in a local news article. “One of our goals is to increase awareness and implementation of those types of contraceptives,” said Raman.  “They’re the most effective form of contraceptives available at this time and they are very safe for almost all women.”

A new health clinic offering preventative health care for homeless youth will be managed by AANP member Theresa Granger. Additional services include basic health services for at-risk youth and school sports physicals. “It’s not an open-to-the-public clinic,” said Granger, “but it’s opening with the thought that if kids are falling through the cracks, we’re here.” Learn more.

A desire to help people motivated AANP member Michelle Martin to become a nurse practitioner, according to a local news article about her. Read more about Martin, and read and share AANP’s “Use of Terms” position statement.

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