Spotlight on NPs

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

Thanks to hundreds of nurse practitioners who attended the AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5 and made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. A few pictures from the conference are included below, and many more may be found on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will make plans to join us at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver June 26 – July 1 and at the AANP 2019 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5.

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Congratulations to AANP member Emily Cianchette, who will become the Chief of Medical Staff for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) in November. Cianchette will be the first non-physician to hold that position at EMHS. Cianchette said, “The medical staff is really focused on increasing the quality of care, following standard best practices, and trying to increase access to healthcare for all patients. I would like to see our providers work together to advance these initiatives.” AANP member Anne Perry was also quoted in the article.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke had two blogs recently published by 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, whose children’s book series, Nola the Nurse, was recognized by Best of New Orleans for highlighting women of color in health care and advocating for STEM education. According to Lawson-Baker, “We need to also focus on science and catch girls early. We need to get these girls used to the language and what’s involved in health care.”

CVS Health offered no cost heart health screenings in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. AANP member Dr. Angela Patterson was quoted in a press release about the screenings. According to Patterson, “Knowing your numbers is more important than ever, following recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association that indicate nearly half of Americans are at risk for major health problems as a result of high blood pressure. Knowing the numbers that may indicate risk not only allows someone to assess risk for heart disease and stroke, but it can determine what actions, if any, are needed to manage your risk.”

Dr. Lauren Havens, an AANP member, encouraged readers of her local newspaper to develop heart-healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle. Havens said, “Setting up heart healthy habits at a young age impacts future health. Maintaining a healthy weight, consuming heart healthy foods and exercising regularly can all significantly lower your chance of developing heart disease, and contributes to a longer and better quality life.” Read more.

AANP member Tammy Goda was interviewed about the importance of American Heart Month and said, 2200 people die every day of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more.

Strokes and aneurysms may not cause any symptoms for patients, prior to their occurrence, according to AANP member Allison Holt. The hospital where Holt works offers heart scans and vascular screenings, featured in a local news article during American Heart Month. Holt said, “What we’re trying to prevent is a major health care event that patients didn’t see coming. It’s important that patients remember that they are their only advocate and they need to be proactive in their own health care, take charge and take advantage of these screenings. It could save your life and it could save a friend’s life, just by recommending it.”

Christine Testa is an AANP member who spoke at a local heart health fair. Testa explained, “Overtime the emotional stress and not having a healthy outlet for your stress can lead to high blood pressure,” and she shared ways people can help manage stress. Learn more.

A new palliative care initiative is being spearheaded by AANP member Diane Schade. “Seeing someone in their home allows you access to critical firsthand information that you just can’t get in an office,” Schade said. “For instance, you get to see how [the patients] are living, what they eat, what drugs they’re taking, and better assess what their day-to-day needs are. All of that information is valuable from a clinical perspective and helps me determine the best course of treatment.” Learn more.

AANP member Virginia Lester was mentioned in a local news article about home health care visits offered by the Point Roberts, Washington, Fire Department. Lester will expand the level of care provided by the program and said, “There is a void here, and we are filling it.”

“In a county with no pediatricians, students and professors step into the gap,” according to a local news article that featured AANP member Dr. Tami Bland. “I can get a flu and strep out the door in 10 minutes,” Bland said, but once they’re in the office, it’s an opportunity to assess overall health and wellness. “We find the holes in children’s development and try to address that. It’s very rewarding,” Bland said. “The state of Tennessee has such a need … and I would love to see my students get out and go to these areas.”  The program was also covered by the University of Tennessee Daily Beacon.

Arnold Facklam, an AANP member, was quoted in an article that increased awareness of the symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). According to Facklam, patients may “start to notice things like there’s a lot of swelling in my legs or I seem congested all the time and it’s not in my throat.”

Congratulations to AANP member Theresa Gutierrez, who was appointed to the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. According to a press release, “Ms. Gutierrez brings an abundance of experience from spending 21 years working within the healthcare industry. She is equipped with skills in Family Medicine, Bariatrics, and Nursing Education.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Cindy Weston was quoted in a local news article about influenza. According to Weston, “I think we keep hoping each week that we see our peak, and it hasn’t. Every week our numbers have continued to climb. I am seeing that although people with a flu shot may get influenza, it does seem to be a blunted case, so I would still recommend that.”

Another article about the flu quoted AANP member Donna Wright. “This season has been pretty rough. It’s been one of the worst I’ve seen in my 30 years of practice. People need to be vaccinated. It beats getting the flu. Trust me.”

Jocelyn Butler, an AANP member, was pictured in a Modern Healthcare article about a successful program one hospital implemented to help patients with heart failure.

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