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 about more NPs practicing in low income areas quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who said recent findings by the University of Michigan “reinforce what we’ve seen across the 22 states that have modernized regulations to allow patients direct access to nurse practitioner care.” Knestrick indicated that nurse practitioners head to where they are needed most. Knestrick was also interviewed by Daily Nurse and shared her insights for those interested in pursing a career as a nurse practitioner. In her blog for 30 Seconds, Knestrick discussed a heart-healthy lifestyle and offered five tips to keep hearts healthy year-round.

AANP Texas (S) State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck also serves as Chair of the Alliance for Care Coordination of Children in Human Trafficking, an effort of the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Partners for Vulnerable Youth. Peck participated in a radio media tour to promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and reached an audience of more than 4.3 million people. Below are two selections from her media tour.

Approximately 87 percent of human trafficking survivors “were seen by health care providers while they were under the control of their traffickers, and 63 percent had been to the emergency department,” according to a recent blog by AANP member Sherri Mason. “Emergency departments are at the heart of a hospital’s response to [human] trafficking, but the most successful programs take an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach in their planning and implementation,” Mason indicated.

Congratulations to AANP member Vanessa Falwell, who was recently appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Health. Falwell said, “I am very honored to be entrusted with a position that I know affects the citizens of Arkansas. As a member of the State Board of Health, I will be able to give input on promoting better standards of health care.” Read more.

Is it depression, or just the winter blahs? AANP member Tracy Flynn explained in an Op-Ed for her local newspaper that only approximately half of people with depression have been diagnosed. According to Flynn, if people have symptoms that include “sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration,” they should visit a health care provider.

Laura Mason’s NP-led clinic was featured in a local news article. According to the article, the AANP member was “was one of the area’s first independent nurse practitioner in eastern Idaho. She was one of the first to offer bioidentical, plant based, hormones for hormonal therapy; and she was one of the first to offer platelet-rich plasma sexual therapies for woman and men in the area.” Read more.

AANP member Debby Greenlaw was featured in a local news article that described the new adventure she and her husband have begun. Weaving heritage into new hobbies, the Greenlaw’s are growing herbs and weaving and dying textiles in their “second act.”

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who recently received one of 27 Albuquerque Business First’s Women of Influence Awards. According to a press release, Lt. Col. Mocha Robinson, commander of the 377th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, presented Peacock’s award to her. Peacock served 13 years as a member of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps.

Minnesota is struggling through its worst flu season in ten years. In a local news article about influenza, AANP member Gwen Verchota shared habits that people should practice to remain healthy.

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