Spotlight on NPs

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

“Millions of Americans are turning to nurse practitioners for their health care needs, and with good reason. Out from the shadows of a looming provider shortage, a highly trained, fast-growing workforce has emerged that is transforming how we seek and deliver care,” wrote AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article for Media Planet. Knestrick was quoted in an Everyday Health article that listed six things people should know about high blood pressure. Knestrick was also quoted in an interview for WIBW radio that encouraged parents to think about safety when choosing toys for their children, and she wrote two blogs for 30 Seconds on selecting safe toys. Read her 10 tips and “how to” articles.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote two blog for 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Kim Curry, who was named Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP). “We are honored that Dr. Curry will be leading the JAANP as we continue to provide timely and original articles addressing clinical practice, clinical management, health policy, research, education and other issues impacting NPs and other health care providers,” said AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in a press release. “We have been very fortunate to have had exceptional leaders at the helm of JAANP since the creation of the journal in 1989, first with JAANP founder Dr. Jan Towers, and for the past 18 years under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Charon Pierson.”

A U.S. News & World Report article about managing plantar fasciitis quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Dixie Harms. Regarding symptoms that include heel stiffness and pain, Harms said, “Most people report experiencing complications first thing in the morning when getting out of the bed, walking to the coffee maker, etc. Oftentimes, patients are stuck in a perpetual state of discomfort or pain.”

60 Minutes recently featured the Health Wagon again, a mobile health clinic in rural Appalachia run by AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill Meade. The clinic provides health care to underserved populations with limited access to care. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo wrote an article about the basics of business health care that was published in Clinician Reviews. Dirubbo wrote, “Most NPs and PAs went into their profession to help people—but that altruistic goal doesn’t mean you have to undervalue your own worth. Understanding the basic business of health care can help you negotiate your salary, maximize your income, and create new revenue models for patient care.”

Congratulations to AANP member Maj. Cindy Callisto, who recently received the Military Health System Air Force Junior Award. “It was shocking and amazing,” Callisto said. “I was cool with just winning for Air Force Global Strike Command, but then they told me I won at the Air Force level I was in shock. I really enjoy my patients and my staff. I feel like I owe it to them to do my best.” Read the news report and the press release.

AANP members Dr. Jacqueline Roberts and Christine Harsell were featured in a Pain Medicine News article about a substance abuse program that they recently implemented in North Dakota to address treatment needs in rural areas. The article was based on research they presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia.  Regarding substance abuse, including pain medication, illegal drugs or alcohol, Roberts said, “it is important that we acknowledge the problem and that we intervene early. The SBIRT program is one way to effect change before the problem becomes serious.”

Medical marijuana is being used to fight opioid addiction, according to an article that quoted AANP member Brenda Carney. The drug is also being used to treat other conditions, Carney said, including, “Diabetics with neuropathy, it’s helping people with irritable bowel syndrome, the chronic pain, obviously seizures, movement disorders, Parkinsons-type disorders.”

AANP member Denise Miller was quoted in an article about the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption. Miller said, “The CDC also reports that approximately 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol consumption, whether it’s all at one time or over years. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drinking really does harm you.”

Alcohol and antibiotics are a dangerous combination, according to AANP member Luke Range. In a local news report, Range indicated that just one drink could be problematic. Range said, “They both can be metabolized by the liver. You could potentially kind of overload the liver as far as its ability to process both of those drugs.”

AANP member Tom Bartol wrote an article about the need to precept NP students that was published by Medscape. Bartol asserted that,” Precepting students is not an option but both an obligation and an opportunity. We give back to our profession, including to those who helped us to become who we are, by sharing our knowledge, passion, and skills. Of greater importance, it is an opportunity for us to grow in our own vocation as NPs. We are helping nurture the future change agents and movers and shakers of our profession. These students need us, but we really need them.”

Congratulations to AANP member Vicki Delany, who recently received the 2017 Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Award of Excellence. According to a press release, “The Award for Excellence is bestowed upon an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who demonstrates excellence in their role through any or all of the following activities: professional development, clinical skill, innovative practice, academic excellence, political action and interdisciplinary interaction.”

AANP member Toni Pratt-Reid was featured in a local news article about practice restrictions in Oklahoma, and efforts to modernize legislation. The article quotes AANP regarding full practice authority.

NPs in Pennsylvania are also urging legislators to modernize practice. AANP member Kathleen Gray wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper and said, “Pennsylvania faces a shortage of health care providers and nurse practitioners are ready to help.” She indicated that a collaborative agreement requirement “limits health care options for patients.” AANP member Ashley Ritter wrote a similar article. According to Ritter, “As we consider the rationale and consequences of restrictive state occupational licensure for nurse practitioners, a “dose of competition” is needed to inform future research and policy planning.”

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions! AANP member Sarah Dodson was quoted in an article about making plans one can keep in the coming year, and said, “Everyone’s goals are centered on weight loss, and people can lose weight and still be unhealthy. I would rather people focus their resolutions on being more healthy than losing weight.”

AANP member Deanna Wennberg was quoted in a local news story about ways that sleep deprivation affects teenagers medically and academically. School start times were mentioned as a contributing factor to chronic lack of sleep for students.

Congratulations to AANP member Erin Williamson, who was featured as Nurse of the Week in a local news paper. According to the article, Williamson has always wanted to care for medically underserved populations and increase access to health care for those with limited incomes. Williamson said, “Healthcare is always evolving, so I get to stay on the cutting edge of things like that, but at the same time I get to sit down with somebody one-on-one and talk with them about how they can improve their health and improve their life.”

The nurse practitioner role was explained to a local television audience by AANP member Melisa Bedilion. What makes nurse practitioners unique? Bedilion said (in part), “What sets NPs apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.”

AANP member Amber Schmitz was featured in the “Ask a Doctor” column of her local newspaper. Schmitz shared tips related to colds and flu. She shared insight about appropriate antibiotic use along with tips for patient to feel better without antibiotics. Read more.

A local newspaper profiled AANP member Cindy Zeller, who plans to open her own clinic in Maryland, where nurse practitioners gained full practice authority in 2015. According to the article, Zeller has wanted to open her own practice for two decades, and the updated laws will finally make her dream possible. Zeller said, to answer patients’ questions and alleviate their concerns, “I want to take 30 minutes for a well visit and talk about anticipatory guidance and development milestones and what they can expect.” AANP member Michelle Cooper was also mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Rhonda Hensley, who will receive the AANP 2018 Louisiana State Award for Excellence – NP Advocate at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 26 – July 1. According to a press release, “This is the second time Hensley has been recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was honored in 2014 with its excellence in clinical practice award.”

AANP member Lynn McComas wrote an article about funding for NP education and clinical preparation that was published by KevinMD. According to McComas, one solution to the preceptor shortage would be to financially incentivize preceptors. McComas asked, “…will paying preceptors incentivize more medical providers to precept resulting in more APRNs? In September of this year, a report to Congress demonstrated that it does.”

Karen Cherinka, an AANP member,  wrote an article about staying healthy during the winter months. In addition to fighting the common cold and taking vitamins, Cherinka urged readers to take precautions to avoid slips and falls.

AANP member Katie Brula was quoted in a local news article about the flu. Brula said, “… sudden-onset flu is going to make you feel like you were hit by a bus. For the most part it’s going to be respiratory stuff with that fever, aches, headaches and just that real general ‘I feel awful’ fatigue.”

Flu season is peaking in Mississippi, according to an article that quoted AANP member Bethany Cummings. “We have seen a lot of flu cases this year. Starting from October and it has pretty much increased day by day,” Cummings said, and she urged readers to get vaccinated.

AANP member Susan Schultz wrote an article about colds, flu and other common ailments that was published by the Capital Gazette. Schultz encouraged readers to wash their hands to minimize the spread of illness and said, “Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Some people, however, may experience mild muscle aches, headache and a low fever for a few days. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. While the best time to get it is mid-October through November, getting it later is better than not getting it at all.”

A Bloomberg article about CVS and Aetna mentioned AANP member Frances Prado, who described the wide variety of responsibilities she performed at an urgent care clinic.

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