Spotlight on NPs

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

On May 22, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick participated in Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose briefing on Capitol Hill about “Transforming Addiction Treatment: A Bigger, Bolder Response to America’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic.” Pictures from the event are below. Watch the briefing.  

During Stroke Awareness Month, Dr. Knestrick was interviewed by WIBW News about the importance of recognizing stroke symptoms, and she wrote a blog for 30 Seconds on five tips to act FAST when strokes occur.  Knestrick wrote another article on ways to improve health and life balance. She was also quoted by Daily Nurse in an article about why it’s great to be a nurse in 2018.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote a blog for 30 Seconds on the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage. Cooke wrote another article on paying attention to stroke risk.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker, who recently became the first nurse practitioner to develop an app for Amazon.com. Now, when someone asks Alexa for NP Facts, they will hear accurate information about NPs. Baker also developed similar apps for CRNAs and midwives. Learn more.

“Research nurse practitioner (NP) involvement in early phase clinical trials may allow for a safer and more patient-centered trial experience, leading to improved outcomes and patient satisfaction, according to an oral presentation at the 2018 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress,” Oncology Nurse Advisor reported. AANP member Edward Bentlyewski was among the researchers and said, “NP-led clinics may have multiple benefits for NPs, patients, and the clinic itself. NPs would be better able to utilize their skill sets, have increased job satisfaction and autonomy, and would be able to better maintain continuity of care.” Read more about the findings.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recently received a Houston Business Journal Health Care Heroes Rising Star Award. According to a press release, the honor recognizes a recent graduate or new hire with 10 years of experience or less who shows real promise in the fields of scientific research or in the practice of medicine.

“A successful model of nurse practitioner and physician comanagement in primary care includes effective communication, mutual respect and trust, and clinical alignment, also known as a shared philosophy of care,” according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine and co-authored by AANP member Dr. Allison Norful. Learn more about the study’s findings.

After a local outbreak of norovirus, AANP member Leann Swanson shared insights about the viral infection and ways to prevent its spread. According to Swanson, “Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the transmission of norovirus.” Read more about the tips she provided.

Congratulations to AANP member Isobel Lewis, who was among the four nurses recognized as 2018 Bone Health Champions by Cure Magazine. According to a press release, “… these four exceptional nurses, not only care for their patients, but also serve a crucial part in advancing the oncology nursing field.”

MedPage Today reported that exercise cuts hyperglycemia for cancer patients on chemotherapy. The article cited findings of a recent pilot study and quoted AANP member Roseann Tucci, who was not involved with the study.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sharron Close, who received the Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Heroes Award for Nursing. According to a press release, Close was honored for her leadership in creating the Emory XtraordinarY Clinic, which works with patients and families affected by X and Y chromosome variations.

In a local news spot, AANP member Christy Greenly explained the importance of keeping vaccinations current.

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