Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick authors several blogs monthly about current health topics. Read her most recent posts:

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote an article for SheKnows to clear up several common myths about breast cancer. According to Cooke, “Dispelling some of the most common myths that keep women from good breast health is a critical first step, and October is the perfect month to correct bad habits.” In a Huffington Post article, Cooke explained why breasts need more than a pink ribbon. She urged readers to make screening a priority and to focus on overall health. Cooke also wrote the following blogs.

The Health Wagon is a telehealth resource in a rural wilderness, according to a recent article. AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson is Executive Director of the Health Wagon, and AANP Fellow Dr. Paula E.S. Hill serves as Clinical Director. Speaking about access to care for patients in Appalachia, Tyson said, “These people not only can’t find these services [in Appalachia}, they can’t afford them. For us, it’s all about removing those barriers. When you’ve done that, then you’re going to get some good results.” Tyson and Hill are scheduled to speak at the AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., in February. Learn more about the conference.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi and AANP member Dr. Safiya George Dalmida who were elected to serve on the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2017 – 2019 Board of Directors. According to an STTI press release, Ricciardi will serve as President-Elect and Dalmida will serve as Secretary.

In his blog for the Huffington Post Black Voices columnCapt. James LaVelle Dickens, an AANP Fellow, wrote about breast cancer awareness and what it means for African-American Women. According to Dickens, “Breast cancer is a huge threat to women in this country. One out of every eight women will be diagnosed at some point in her life, and more than 250,000 will get that news this year. While in the past African American women have been more successful in avoiding breast cancer, today, African Americans who are diagnosed face a 40 percent greater mortality rate.”

Congratulations to Honorary AANP Fellows Donald and Barbara Jonas of the Jonas Center who were recently awarded honorary doctorates from Frontier Nursing University. A video of the event shows them wearing their FAANP medallions.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden was quoted in an article about a study she co-authored that considered whether health care providers are doing enough for obese patients. According to Golden, “The barriers identified in the study highlight opportunities to bridge gaps in understanding to facilitate true collaboration among all stakeholders. Only by bridging these gaps will obesity care become integral to standard practice, whether in a health care or employment setting, and will people with obesity have the care and support needed to effectively treat their obesity.”

Congratulations to AANP Louisiana State Representative Dr. Sattaria “Tari” Dilks, who recently received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 2017 Award for Excellence in Education. In an APNA press release, Dilks said, “Psychiatric nursing at all levels is more than learning skills, it is learning how to journey with people who often have no voice.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Lucy Marion recently spoke at the final meeting of the Georgia Healthcare Reform Task Force. Her presentation explained how APRNs could help increase access to care if the state modernized practice laws. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Lee Barron, who is a finalist for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the advanced practice category. The Nurse of the Year initiative recognizes “exceptional nurses through the region, celebrating the profession and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.” Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Tammy Slater was quoted in an Washington Post article about a nursing home patient who died under circumstances that led some to question whether he had received appropriate care. Slater is a nursing instructor, and she said, “A quick, fast assessment — I’m talking minutes — should occur, because this patient could be having a life-altering scenario.” Slater indicated that difficulty breathing could signify a heart attack or pulmonary embolism, both situations that require immediate care.

Congratulations to AANP member Carrie Power and the clinic she owns for winning three 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards from the Elko Daily Free Press. Power received a gold award in the “best physician category,” the business received a gold award for best clinic as well as a bronze award for nontraditional health services.

AANP member Dr. Kristen Marie Guida and members of the Seattle King-County Disaster Team traveled to rural Haiti to provide care to impoverished people. They are pictured below visiting a Haitian orphanage.


He’s a nurse practitioner and an attorney. Read the “South Texas Snapshot” to learn more about AANP member Joe Flores and the parallels he has identified between being an NP and a lawyer.

AANP member Heidi Stevermer was featured in an article about the importance of cancer screenings. The article shares experiences of one of Stevermer’s patients who was diagnosed with two kinds of cancer after Stevermer encouraged her to get a mammogram. Stevermer also helped that patient get treatment for restricted blood flow in her carotid artery.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Merilyn Douglass, who recently received the National Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) Trustee of the Year Award. The RCCA is the nation’s largest organization of rural colleges. Douglass currently serves on the Garden City, Kansas, Community College Board of Trustees. The award honors a trustee who has served their college and community with excellence. Read the press release.

Cook Medical Center Hospital recently held it’s annual Day for Divas to increase awareness of women’s health and breast cancer. AANP member Priscilla Greene was the guest speaker, and she educated women about steps they should take to lead a healthy lifestyle. Greene recommended that every woman age 40 and over be screened annually using mammography. Greene said, “When mammography is combined with a clinical breast exam, ones chances for finding cancer are even greater.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Debra DeHass Lehr, who recently became a member of the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Pam Jones was quoted in an article about two clinics for women operated jointly by Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jones said, “Our exceptional advanced practice nurses are available to care for women throughout their lives, at the highest level of professional practice. We are all working to improve health and wellness for the women in our care.”

Congratulations to AANP member Diane Riff, who was recently recognized for her compassionate care at the annual 2017 Commitment to Compassion luncheon in Louisville, Kentucky. According to a press release, “The awards recognize and honor dedicated health care professionals in the community who exemplify true compassion in the workplace.”

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