Spotlight on NPs

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

“As more states pass legislation granting nurse practitioners full practice authority, and as more opportunities emerge to capitalize on our skilled and rapidly growing workforce, look for nurse practitioners to dramatically change our care delivery system for the better in the next 50 years,” wrote AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article for The Nursing Site Blog. #NPsLead

AANP Fellow Dr. Deb Kiley was featured in an article on ways that an integrative approach can improve pain management and overall health. The article is based on a session Kiley presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia in June on incorporating integrative therapies into pain management. “A balanced lifestyle,” Kiley said, “includes exercise, a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and effective stress management. She emphasized that when it comes to matters of harmful patient behaviors, the best way to make big changes is in small increments.”

Are you ready to celebrate #NPWeek? The Sun Sentinel published an article by AANP Fellow Dr.Vicky Stone-Gale encouraging its audience to join in the celebration and recognition of the high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care that NPs provide. Learn more about National Nurse Practitioner Week at Be sure to share your articles, photos and events with

Congratulations to twelve new Shot@Life Champions who were trained at the AANP Region 2 Leadership Meeting on Saturday, November 4. They are pictured below.

AANP member Dr. Kathy O’Connor-Wray wrote an article on ways to manage diabetes and live a longer, healthier life. The article was published by The Jackson Sun and explained basic facts about diabetes, risk factors, common symptoms, ways to prevent complications, and more. O’Connor-Wray offered to partner with patients in making health a priority.

Karen Ayers, an AANP member, moderated a meeting of more than 100 nurses in Humboldt County, California, who recently gathered to discuss important topics related to prescribing opioids. An article about the event cited a California Department of Public Health report, which indicated that “there were more opioid prescriptions than people in the county in 2016, finding 1,145 prescriptions per 1,000 residents.” Ayers is also quoted in the article.

AANP member Randy Beckett was mentioned in an article about a telehealth tool that he uses to help provide mental health services to care center residents at Morys Haven in Columbus. According the the article, “The quicker access to mental health services has allowed Morys Haven staff to more closely monitor psychotropic medications for such things as dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, well-managed schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety.” The program has reportedly resulted in better medication management for patients, with a reduction in the overall usage of psychotropic medications.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Melanie Komar-Samardzija, who was recognized by her high school and inducted as a member of its hall of fame. Read more.


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