Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several articles for 30Seconds in the past two weeks:

Knestrick was also interviewed by Indeed and said that she loves the variety of opportunities that nursing presents. Knestrick recommended that employers “support changes in nurse practice acts to remove barriers for nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, to practice to the full extent of their license and their education is essential.”

AANP Fellow Louise O’Keefe was mentioned in an article about free flu shots being offered at the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Faculty and Staff Clinic during its 10th Anniversary Bash. “The clinic allows UAH faculty and staff to receive selected, on-site, high-quality health services,” said O’Keefe.

A local news article highlighted AANP member Carrie Haar and described her educational and career path. Describing her NP role, Haar said, “We follow a patient-centered model, focusing on disease prevention and health education. I have a passion for wellness, nutrition, supplementation and prevention. Medicine can be so focused on treating disease that we forget we can prevent it.” AANP member Dr. Billie Madler was also mentioned in the article.

The nursing shortage is not a partisan issue, according to AANP Fellow Dr. Sheldon Fields. “In this environment,” Fields wrote, “the skills of nurses — and specifically, advanced practice nurses — will be especially valuable. Averting any shortfall will require policies from Washington aimed at making the most of those who enter the nursing profession.”

AANP member Dr. William LaRock was mentioned in a Huffington Post article titled “Surviving AIDS: The Extraordinary Power of a Helping Hand.” According to the article, LaRock was credited with helping patients return to care, including at least one patient whose viral load is now undetectable once again.

In a local news article, AANP member Tina Pountney discussed the importance of baseline testing for student athletes who suffer concussions. Pountney indicated that “athletes and their parents need to understand the severity of concussions. Even though it’s tempting to get back on the field as soon as possible, repetitive concussions could lead to severe brain damage.”

A free seminar next week in Arden, NC, will feature AANP member Cherie Ledford, who will educate parents with teenage daughters about the benefits of gynecological care for those youths. Ledford will share advice on how parents can best address questions about healthy lifestyles, physical changes, sexuality, and more. Read the press release.

Atrial fibrillation patients in Idaho have a new clinic to help address their health care needs. AANP member Brandi Smith works at the clinic and said, “We brought about this clinic because we saw a huge need in the community, especially when we go to discharge our patients who were newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or had a history of atrial fibrillation and they didn’t have anyone to manage it.” Read more.

AANP member Jessica Estes was quoted in an article about the toll that the opioid crisis is taking on rural, older adults. Estes indicated that it is difficult for seniors to access alternative treatments for chronic pain, especially if they live in rural areas.

In an effort to care for the whole patient, Southeastern Louisiana University Health Center expanded services to include more walk-in services, HIV screenings, mental health services, and health promotion and education programming for students. AANP member Andrea Peevy told reporters that the purpose of the clinic is not just to treat strep throat or flu, but rather to offer health education and to keep students healthy.

Congratulations to AANP member Destiney Morgan, who was awarded the $2,500 Eileen S. and Earl C. Whittemore Jr. Scholarship by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Nurse’s Foundation. According to a press release, the award was established to provide annual scholarships in the field of health care with the emphasis on, but not limited solely to, nursing education, including holistic medicine and the mind, body and spirit.

AANP member Maryanne Swanson was mentioned in an article about the 2017 Campus Flu Vaccination Battle, a challenge designed to increase flu vaccination rates for people in Michigan. Swanson said, “This friendly competition has expanded this year to track the number of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans of OU who get immunized against influenza.  It was especially encouraging for me that President Pescovitz wanted to be first in line to kick off our campaign.”

Setting a healthy example for her patients, AANP member Stephanie Nottling recently completed her first Tough Mudder competition and is training for her first marathon. What an inspiration! Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Billie Anderson, who was recently elected to the American Health Council Nursing Board. Read the press release.

Positive Pathways is a new mental health medication management clinic owned and operated by AANP member Sabrina Carter. According to a press release, “The clinic offers comprehensive assessments that address the whole person’s needs and goals across the life span, a partner in the treatment planning process, individualized services tailored to their plans, and services designed to support hope, resilience and recovery.”

AANP member Allison Norful was among the authors of “Nurse practitioners as primary care providers with their own patient panels and organizational structures: A cross-sectional study,” published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Read more about their findings in this Newswise article.

Congratulations to AANP member Wendy Wood Neeson who is the new Edward A. Whitney Endowed Nursing Chair for the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Learn more.


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