Spotlight on NPs

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

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) recently presented its prestigious Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award to the Health Wagon. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to ensuring that primary care is foundational to the community. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill-Meade and their staff. Gardner Tyson and Hill-Meade are pictured below at the PCPCC ceremony with AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, AANP CEO David Hebert, and AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke.

Health Wagon Primary Care Community Research Leadership Award

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds with health tips for college students. Knestrick explaind three things important things they should know before hitting the books.

Congratulations to AANP South Carolina State Representative Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun, who was the 2016 recipient of the University of South Carolina College of Nursing Alumni Award, and he was recently profiled in an article about his exceptional career. According to Demonbreun, Our profession is really about caring for other humans. It’s about helping people have a better life, a better state of health. I think I was destined to do that.”

A Pain Medicine News article about the CDC’s effect on pain management for nurse practitioners quoted AANP Fellow Yvonne D’Arcy. “It is important that clinicians tailor their practice to conform to the 2016 guidelines. This is really a good way to help keep a practice safe,” said D’Arcy. She also encouraged the use of patient-provider agreements.

AANP member Linda Sue Bayless is working in Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria as a member of the Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel Program System. Read coverage of her efforts published by KFDI and KWCH.  Bayless is part of the Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel Program System.

Another AANP member was mentioned in an article about relief efforts for Puerto Rico. According to the article, Carmen Guy plans to travel to Puerto Rico and provide health care to residents. Guy inspired a deli to hold a fundraiser to provide aid.

Congratulations to AANP NP Organization Member Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) upon receipt of a Michigan Society of Association Executives Diamond Award in the category of Innovation Collaboration ($1 million or less) for its adult immunization collaborative. This group included the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MAOFP), Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), Michigan Association of Family Physicians (MAFP), Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA), Michigan Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA), and Michigan Medical Group Management Association (MiMGMA). AANP members Dr. Mary Serowoky (MCNP Secretary) and Olivia McLaughlin (MCNP Executive Director) accepted the award and are pictured below.

MSAE Diamond Award.OVM MS

After the recent shooting in Las Vegas, AANP member Dr. Kristi Westphaln interviewed California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan about gun violence and making America safe again. The interview is published on HealthCetera’s website and iTunes channel.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sandra C. Brown, who was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Brown was recognized as a nurse expert and distinguished leader in advanced practice nursing education. Following hurricane Katrina, she developed an academic-practice model that used advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioner students to deliver primary care in a FEMA trailer community, via a nurse managed mobile clinic, validating the role that advanced practice nurses can fulfill in a post disaster recovery. Read more.

In an article about fall allergies that are troubling many Chattanooga area residents, AANP member Tiffany Potter cautioned about antibiotic resistance. She explained, “Nasal drainage can be a rainbow of colors but not necessarily be a bacterial sinus infection requiring antibiotics.”

AANP member Diane Millea was mentioned in an article about a food pantry, behavioral health clinic, and two medical clinics that were established by a church to support community members.

UT Health Austin is opening four new clinics. An article about the project indicated that “Patients now will be able to receive care for gynecological disorders in the Women’s Health Institute, arm and leg pain in the Musculoskeletal Institute, multiple sclerosis and back pain in the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, and work-related illnesses in the WorkLife clinic.” AANP member Amy Papermaster was quoted in the article and said, “This is going to improve patient care.  I’ve already seen it in the pilot program.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Neiheisel, who will soon receive a Lafayette Civic Cup Award next month. Read more about Neiheisel and her contributions to her community.

AANP member Laura Knisley was quoted in an article about low breastfeeding rates in West Virginia. According to the article, barriers to breastfeeding may include, “poverty, limited education and unemployment.”

AANP member Jim Conkle was quoted in an article about increased numbers of hepatitis C testing related to needle sharing and injectable opioid use. Conkle said, “When we give someone Vivitrol, there’s a potential risk of it could elevate someone’s liver enzymes, so we always look at a comprehensive metabolic panel. We check their liver enzymes, and along with that we decided to go ahead and check for hepatitis, HIV, and (others) to make sure those levels were alright and also to identify individuals who might have hepatitis.” Conkle said.

Why get a flu shot? Influenza vaccinations can help you protect yourself and your community, AANP member Deanna Wennberg explained in a local news article. Wennberg said, “It’s not just about your health, but also it’s about the people around you in the  community you live in. So getting the flu shot is protecting the people that you love as well.”

Congratulations to AANP member William “Bill” Crowe, Jr., who recently received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s “THA Nurse of Distinction Clinical Award.” Crowe was recognized for his outstanding contributions to nursing and honored for “being an exceptional example of a nurse practitioner and administrator who provides world-class care.” Read more.

Health Matters: Living Strong with a Weak Heart” quoted AANP member Nicole Charles and offered tips on how to improve heart health and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Charles said, “A lot of patients don’t realize how their lifestyle is contributing to the possibility of heart disease down the road. When you have high bad cholesterol that is what specifically deposits into your arteries and that can lead to heart disease.”

Congratulations to AANP member Anne Schmidt who was elected to the board of directors of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. According a press release, “Schmidt’s leadership experience is in ambulatory care, home health and hospital-based care. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, and was named the San Diego Naval Hospital’s Navy Nurse of the Year. She also received the State of Connecticut Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence and Leadership.”

AANP member Dr. Barbara Shaw wrote an Op-Ed published on TruthOut about the effects that DACA’s future might have on the health care of all Americans. According to Shaw, “the chilling effects of the political machinations surrounding DACA affect not only their health, but the health and future of all who call this country home.”

An article about nursing shortages in North Dakota quoted AANP member Tara Brandner, who indicated that nursing students are being encouraged to work in rural areas during their clinicals. Bradner also said that patient-centered care is a primary goal.

Opioid overdoses are a growing epidemic, according to a local news article that quoted AANP member Joe Flores. According to the article, “One way of monitoring this crisis is by helping educate patients about the risk of using opioids and setting up programs to help those who are addicted.”

AANP member Kelly Fields was mentioned in an article about a patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fields is one of two nurse practitioners mentioned in the article, which credits the first NP with urging the patient to get an early mammogram.

Congratulations to AANP member Jana Call, who is a new American Health Council Nursing Board member. Read the press release.

AANP member Calli Cook was mentioned in a study in Neurology Today titled, “Professionalism: Why Advanced Practice Providers Are the Most Rapidly Growing Sector of the AAN.” The study found, “The inclusion of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in neurology practices has greatly changed the delivery of neurologic care over the last 20 years.”

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