Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick recently appeared on the local Fox Morning Show in Baltimore and discussed ways for viewers to achieve better health in 2018. Watch the segment.

An article in The Economist titled “Occupational licensing blunts competition and boosts inequality: How high earning professions lock their competitors out of the market”  featured AANP Fellow Deborah Varnam, who discussed inefficiencies and costs associated with collaborative agreements.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden was interviewed by Diabetes in Control about obesity in people over the age of 65. Listen to part one of the interview.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, who Vanderbilt University recently named the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. Endowed chairs are the highest honor a university can award its faculty. Learn more.

Flu season is still in the news. AANP Montana State Representative Keven Comer discussed flu shot guidance for children and babies with reporters from a local news station. Learn more.

AANP member George Markwardt was quoted in an article that encouraged vigilance when fighting influenza.  Markwardt encouraged people to get vaccinated and said, “We still find folks that have gotten the flu vaccine are having milder symptoms and aren’t requiring hospitalization.” According to the article, “symptom management, prompt diagnosis and proper hand-washing remain crucial to preventing the spread of the flu.”

House calls are making a comeback in Colorado, according to an article that quoted AANP member Jaclyn Henkhaus. Flu-related calls were almost half of her visits in the past two months, Henkhaus reported, and she encouraged readers to practice good hygiene and get the flu vaccine.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Taaka Cash, who was a recipient of the 2018 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Awards. Learn more.

Barbershops in Cincinnati helped educate people about heart health during American Heart Month. AANP member Katherine D. Simpson was quoted in an article about the initiative and said, “A lot of times, people wait until it’s too late to get a simple check-up. We feel our body telling us something, for years, that something is wrong and yet, we still ignore it. Partnering with local barbershops that are actively involved in health promotion and general well-being is one way to support individual health and healthy communities.”

In an article about heart disease being a hazard in the military, AANP member U.S. Army Major Susan Hopper said, “As the Army moves toward improving its operational fitness and readiness, we need to be mindful of the total Soldier. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women and stroke is #2. …I have noticed an increase in requests for Soldiers to be placed in a Warrior Transition Unit because of sudden cardiac events during physical training as well as strokes. This is a major concern as the Army’s focus is on readiness.”

AANP member Wendy Beckmann was quoted in a local news article about heart disease symptoms. People may experience symptoms that are less well known, according to Beckmann, who said, “I talk about people not having the thing that we call the Hollywood heart attack. When they’re clutching their chest and they fall to the ground, and it’s a very big dramatic scene.” What’s more common, Beckmann said, is  “discomfort, shortness of breath and fatigue.”

Also during American Heart Month, AANP member Pauletta Hummel participated in a public education event to help raise awareness of the causes, treatment and prevention of heart failure. Learn more.

AANP member Alex Hacker was quoted in an article that explored reasons more women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are at risk for heart disease. The article indicated that CVS Minute Clinics are offering free screenings every Wednesday in February.

Healthcare for the uninsured was the topic of a podcast that featured AANP member Ellen MullarkeyListen at the 12:57 minute mark to hear Mullarkey.

AANP member Dr. Patricia M. Speck specializes in forensic nursing and sexual violence, and she shared important safety tips related to dating in a recent article.  Speck urged readers to “Pay attention to …behavior signals in your partner so you can protect yourself, and escape if you are in a violent relationship now.”

A nursing home in Missouri was recognized by the Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence for its low rates of antipsychotic use. According to a local news article about the achievement, “The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012 established a national goal of reducing the use of anti psychotic medications in nursing home residents and using other approaches that are safer and more effective.” The article indicated that AANP member Lisa Wilson “led the team with regard to decreased antipsychotic use.”

Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Sellers, who was recently named the Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast Associate of the Year. Learn more.

AANP member Maj. Brando Jobity was quoted in an article about the 117th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. Maj. Jobity said, “This is a very historical day for me. It represents what the Army Nurse Corps offers, the accomplishments we have made, and how we contribute to the strength of the military every day.”

Palliative care is a misunderstood treatment option, according to an article that featured AANP member Susan Lyons. The article cleared up four common misconceptions of palliative care and highlighted ways it can help patients who are living with a life-limiting condition improve their quality of life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Leslie Robbins, who recently received the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more.

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