Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick spoke with MD Magazine about her decision to become an NP, practice restrictions, and more. Dr. Knestrick said of becoming an NP, “It was a great choice because I get to care for patients in the community and bring the nursing aspects of holistic, patient-centered care. At the same time, becoming an NP has afforded me the opportunity to be a force for change in the healthcare system, which needs more avenues for access to the high-quality care NPs bring to patients.” Knestrick wrote two blogs about autism recently:

Today, Knestrick met with the U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams. The two discussed the important role access to health care plays in creating healthy communities. In February, the Surgeon General spoke at AANP’s 2018 Health Policy Conference and noted the link between the economy and health care. AANP looks forward to our continued work with the Surgeon General’s office. Pictured below are AANP CEO David Hebert, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, and AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote a blog for 30 Seconds during Minority Health Month. According to Cooke, “For years, minority populations have experienced shorter life expectancies, gotten sicker earlier in life and experienced more fatal outcomes from disease.” Cooke discussed ways readers can help improve those health outcomes.

Underserved regions adapting to Medicaid expansion was the focus of an article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Tyson, Executive Director of the Health Wagon. “Anything we can do to put more boots on the ground here in Southwest Virginia is favorable,” Tyson said, “your longevity should not be determined by your zip code.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Whitney Nash and AANP member Sara Robertson who were recently featured in O Magazine and recognized for their work at Kentucky Racing Health Services Center. According to an article by the University of Louisville School of Nursing, Nash and Robertson’s NP-led clinic “has provided 18,000 patient visits to low-income thoroughbred racing industry workers and their families since opening its doors in 2005.”

AANP members Audra Vaughters, Tammy Martin, Lesa Parker and Dr. Deborah Dumphy were mentioned in an article about University of North Georgia family nurse practitioner students and faculty who provided health care to villagers in northern Belize. “The students were so inspired by the work done during this trip; they plan to serve again next year as licensed nurse practitioners and the lead medical mission physician was very excited about the prospect of their return,” Dumphy said.

Congratulations to AANP members Carmen J. Petrin and Mary Bidgood-Wilson, who were recognized with 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards from New Hampshire Magazine.  Petrin is motivated by her patients and said, “I am inspired by patients and families who tell me that I made a difference and had a positive impact on the quality of their lives.” Of her students’ successes, Petrin said, “These successes inspire me to continue learning and strive to be the best that I can be.” Similarly, Bidgood-Wilson indicated that her motivation and inspiration was derived from patients. “For 30 years I took care of people in my community,” Bidgood-Wilson said. “I had the privilege to be at many, many births.” Read more.

Tips on helping children cope with seasonal allergies were shared by AANP member Holly Zastudil in a local news article. According to Zastudil, “Allergies can start anywhere from three years old to twelve years old, the peak being between 10 and 12 years old.”

Help for underserved student populations will come in the form of AANP member Anna Brady, who has been asked to lead the school’s crisis prevention team.  Brady said, “We want to provide more wraparound services and prevention care, so students don’t get to the state of crisis.” Learn more.

While working as an intensive care nurse, AANP member Brianna Wilson was moved by patients’ lack of access to health care, and she was motivated to become a nurse practitioner. According to a local news article, Wilson now owns her own clinic in Washington state.

AANP member Nicole Mendoza also opened an NP-led practice in a rural area recently. According to a local news article, Mendoza “has lived in the region for 14 years and has been developing her integrative medicine practice since 2007.”

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