Spotlight on NPs

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

A U.S. News & World Report article quoted AANP member Cynthia Blevins, who discussed the importance of adjusting or eliminating medications if patients experience significant health and lifestyle changes that result in losing weight and reducing high blood pressure.

More than 200 women in Nicaragua received cervical cancer screenings thanks to AANP member Dr. Vanessa Jones and several of her students from the University of North Georgia. According to a press release, it was Jones’ fifth visit to Nicaragua. Jones said, “I love working in low-resource countries because there’s so much we can do to help others improve their health. Many women in these communities are reluctant to have cervical cancer screening due to lack of knowledge, fear or privacy concerns.” Jones worked with two nonprofits to mitigate those challenges.

AANP member Kim Ellingham was honored for helping to save the life of a young volleyball player who experienced a sudden cardiac arrest related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ellingham happened to be on site and used a defibrillator to restart the young man’s heart. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who will be recognized next month as an Albuquerque Business First Women of Influence honoree. In a press release, Peacock described her advocacy efforts in support of the modernization New Mexico VA medical bylaws related to NP practice. (Subscription required for full press release.)

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote the following blogs for 30 Seconds:

Nurse practitioners in Virginia are asking legislators to modernize laws related to NP practice in that state. Read letters to the editor by AANP members Phyllis Everett and Kimberly Bednar.

AANP member Abigail Maas was quoted in an article about the women’s health practice where she works. Maas described a recent shift in communication related to women’s health. “Years ago, you didn’t talk to your mom or your girlfriend about your periods” or other women’s health concerns, Maas said, but today, women are more willing to discuss their health histories, including hereditary cancers.

Nurse practitioners continue to be recognized for their efforts to provide care to patients in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. According to a Wichita State University article, AANP member Linda Bayless was among the members of a health care team who recently treated more than 1,600 patients during their 13-day stay.

AANP member Karen Wolf was quoted in an article about a march in which she participated. Wolf discussed her concerns about current health care policy, especially related to women and children, and said, “As a nurse/nurse practitioner, I am ethically bound to advocate for health promoting policies.”

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