Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Stephanie Burgess was quoted in an article about a University of South Carolina clinic that helps increase access to care for patients in need. According to the article, “When the college’s clinic opened in the 1990s, it was the first nurse practitioner practice in South Carolina. Burgess estimates there are now more than 20 nurse-run clinics statewide.”

Nurse Educator published a study on the state of interprofessional education in nursing that was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce. The authors wrote, “The aim of this systematic review was to investigate and synthesize research completed in the last 5 years (post IOM) to report the current state of the science related to IPE in nursing. Findings suggest that more studies with rigorous research designs are needed.” Access the full text article.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, who recently received a peer-nominated award from Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) — the 2017 Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Award. Pomarico-Denino was recognized for her work with the transgender community, precepting and volunteering. Learn more.

AANP member Katherine Crowder was quoted in an article about a clinic that is working to stop the spread of HIV and end stigmas associated with the virus. Crowder stressed the importance of educating patients and the general public, and she said, “In North Carolina, it’s estimated only 88 percent of people with HIV know their status. That means 12 percent of people with HIV in North Carolina do not realize they have it.”

Not many NPs were once diesel mechanics, but AANP member Don Bons was, according to a recent article. The clinic where he works is located in an area with few health care providers, and in the article, Bons described the importance of his role. “I take a lot of ownership in this clinic because I’m the only full-time provider here, and my goal is for UCHC to be more of a community partner. Our goal is if patients come in and really need something, we’re going to take care of them,” Bons said.

Tori Greving, an AANP member, has been leading efforts to build an Angel of Hope memorial garden to honor local children who pass away. According to an article about the garden, Greving lost a stillborn child late in her pregnancy and has found comfort in attending candlelight vigils held each Dec. 6 at Angel of Hope gardens. “With the loss that we had in 2004, it was the first time that I didn’t feel like I was the only one who had gone through what we went though,” Greving said. “I know the benefits. I just can’t wait to be able to share that” at Palmyra’s Angel of Hope garden.

The flu is still in the news, and AANP member Ashleigh Holmes told her local news network, “We’re actually seeing a lot in this office, I’ve seen it quite a few times with really high fevers and people just feeling bad, not being able to get out of bed.” Read more.

Read more sage advice about flu season from AANP member Lindsey Fortenberry: “…even if you get the flu with the flu shot, it’s going to lessen the severity of your symptoms. If you’re sick, and you think you have the flu, please don’t go to work. Please don’t send your children to school. Please stay home with your children.” Learn more.

AANP member Kelsey Cooper explained the difference between symptoms of “a nasty bug and the flu” in a local news article. Cooper explained that flu symptoms can be much more severe than other viruses, leaving patients feeling like they have been “run over by an 18-wheeler.”


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