Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick authored several blogs on current health topics.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, AANP Immediate Past President, also wrote several blogs on current health issues.

Six steps were provided by AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens to relieve your overworked and underappreciated kidney. According to Dickens, “…your kidneys work tirelessly to process 200 quarts of blood every day, separating the good stuff from the bad and extracting roughly two quarts of waste and water. Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of blood in your body and in the process, control fluid levels and produce hormones that stimulate red blood cell production and regulate blood pressure.” Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker Dr. Baker was recently profiled by Modern Hero –  a new television series that “celebrates women who are shattering glass ceilings, both in their careers and in the world.” Watch the inspiring video to learn more about Baker, her amazing life and the positive impact she is making.

Congratulations to AANP member Maurice Graham was selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. Graham was featured in a local news article that highlighted his path to becoming a nurse practitioner. He served 22 years in the military and was the Director of Nursing for the Executive Medicine Department at one time. Graham said, “I had the great privilege of taking care of all the White House dignitaries, congressmen, and the vice president.”

Nurse practitioners often set healthy examples for their patients, and AANP member Caiti Kean is certainly practicing what she preaches. According to a local news article about Kean, after losing 100 pounds as a teen, she continued exercising and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon. Of running, Kean said, “Some days it’s great. Some days it’s a struggle. There are some days when the last thing I want to do is get up at 4 a.m. in 20 degree weather and run 10 miles.”

Jeff R. Buntin, an AANP member, was quoted in a local news article about adopting a healthy lifestyle to fight diabetes. Buntin shared common symptoms of diabetes and stressed the importance of exercising and making healthy food choices.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Dawn Nahrstedt, who was recently appointed to the American Health Council’s Board of Nurses. According to a press release about the honor, “Dr. Nahrstedt provides high-quality and compassionate care to each patient she treats… applies skills and expertise in nursing, chronic disease management, geriatrics and preventative care.”

A new telehealth program in Ohio was featured in a local news article and quoted AANP member Candy Rinehart. “Services will include more than basic health and wellness screening,” according to the article. “The program also allows access to mental health nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and other providers to support total patient care.”

Helping children avoid injuries during sports season begins with getting a physical, according to AANP member Cami Kesler. Warming up and using proper equipment were also among the tips she shared with readers.

Congratulations to AANP member Lori Economos, who was recently named Christina School District Nurse of the Year. According to a press release, Economos turned down the opportunity to be recognized multiple times, so administrators surprised her with the honor this year.

AANP member Leslie Moore was featured in an article about telehealth. Moore said patients appreciate the convenience and patient-centered aspects of virtual urgent care visits.

A fire district in Washington state is introducing a new home care program. AANP member and fire commissioner Virginia Lester was quoted in an article about the new program, which is designed to increase access to care for patients.

Congratulations to AANP Region 9 Director Dr. Karen Ketner, who was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Leadership Group. See the full list of awardees.

Congratulations to AANP member Katie Marker, who was recently named to the Union County Health Board in Indiana. AANP member Paulette Worcester also serves on the board. Read more.

An article about University of North Georgia family nurse practitioner students and faculty who traveled to Belize to care for patients in remote villages, mentioned AANP members Audra Vaughters, Tammy Martin, Lesa Parker and Dr. Deborah Dumphy. According to the article, the week-long trip “combined health care relief with the implementation of a research project titled, “Does an International Medical Mission Trip Enhance Cultural Competency in Health care Providers?”

Diabetes can be prevented or controlled, according to an article by AANP member Elizabeth Findley-Knapp. “Here is the good news,” Findley-Knapp said. “Patients can often cut their risk of diabetes by more than half.”

AANP members John Armbruster and Sheila Armbruster recently opened a new clinic in Missouri after learning that the clinic where Sheila worked was abruptly closing. The new primary care clinic was up and running within a week. Read more.

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