Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds that explained eight things people may not know about skin cancer. According to Knestrick, melanoma can be genetic, and early detection is the key to ensuring positive outcomes. Read six more things you should know.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Rene Love and the University of Arizona College of Nursing for receiving a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program. The grant will fund a new program to “increase the number of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in rural, border and medically under-served communities.” Dr. Love is quoted in a press release about the award.

AANP Fellow Capt. James Dickens was quoted in a Minority Nurse article that listed multiple reasons why now is a great time to consider being a nurse. According to Dickens, “The nursing profession is so dynamic, and nurses along with their patients and stakeholders are moving at light speed to eliminate artificial barriers to create a more inclusive, collaborative, collegial work environment without professional constraints or perceived glass ceilings.” Read more.

A new nonprofit established to offer support for teens who are struggling with suicide was co-founded by AANP member Michelle Chavez, who lost her son to suicide. According to a local news report, therapy options will include “working with horses and growing gardens, both of which promote responsibility, calmness and communication.” Chavez said, “We want this to be a place that feels like home to them, to know they are going to be safe, and they can form these bonds.”

AANP member Catherine Kay was mentioned in an article about a peacock festival that was held to raise money for children in Kenya. Proceeds went to support the Jesse Kay Children’s Hospital, named after Kay’s son, and Happy Life Home for Abandoned Babies, a nonprofit serving needy children in Kenya.

Alaska will use marijuana tax money to help prevent underage use, according to a local news article. The bill, sponsored by Alaska state Senator and AANP member Cathy Giessel, “calls for a five-component marijuana education and treatment program.” Learn more.

AANP member Capt. Jeree Milam wrote an article about why she serves that was published by the Rivard Report. According to Milam, “ I wanted to serve my country and care for our military members. From a young age I felt a sense of obligation and duty to my country and fellow Americans. It has always been a dream and goal of mine to join the military…”

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