Spotlight on NPs

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

A recent study conducted by AANP member Dr. Hilary Barnes, “Rural and Nonrural Primary Care Physician Practices Increasingly Rely on Nurse Practitioners,” was published by HealthAffairs. The research has been reported on widely, including an article by Bruce Japsen for Forbes. Japsen wrote, “Nurse practitioners have dramatically increased their presence as the go-to primary care providers in rural America thanks in part to regulatory changes that allow patients to more easily see these health professionals.” News Medical reported, “A key way to combat this [primary care provider] shortage is to tap highly skilled nurse practitioners (NPs), who are choosing primary care at a much higher rate than physicians.” Read additional coverage from the University of Delaware, Beckers Hospital Review, and HealthcareDive.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was quoted in Japsen’s Forbes article about Barnes’ research and said, “NPs are one of the most significant factors in expanding patient access to primary, acute and specialty care, especially at a time when demand is high and physicians remain concentrated in more urban and affluent areas. This has led to NPs quickly becoming the first choice as primary care providers for thousands of people across rural as well as urban America.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote a blog for 30 Seconds that shared seven reasons why patients are choosing NPs as their primary care providers.   Cooke wrote, “Last year, NPs treated more than a billion patients. If you’re looking for a healthy primary care alternative, a nurse practitioner may be a perfect fit!”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Megan Hebdon, who will receive the Virginia AANP State Award for Excellence at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver June 26 – July 1. In a Radford University article recognizing Hebdon’s accomplishments, Hebdon said, “I am proud to be in a profession that has a profound effect on peoples’ lives physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Several other recipients of the AANP State Award for Excellence are affiliated with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is an initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Campaign for Action recognized these outstanding NPs in a recent article, and they are listed below.

  • Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC, Massachusetts
  • Renee Dahring, MSN, APRN, CNP, Minnesota
  • Lauren Inouye, RN, MPP, District of Columbia (Action Coalition leader)
  • Beverly Lang, MScN, RN, ANP-BC, Maryland
  • Linda Lazure, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nebraska
  • Denise Link, WHNP, CNE, FAAN, FAANP Arizona
  • Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, Georgia
  • Gaylene Miller, West Virginia (AARP State Director)
  • Laura Reichhardt, MS, APRN, NP-C, Hawaii (Action Coalition Leader)

Congratulations to all AANP State Award for Excellence recipients! View the full list.

Nurse practitioners are frequently recognized for saving lives while they are off duty, and AANP member Heather Orr is among those amazing NPs. According to a local news article, Orr helped save the life of a man who had a heart attack while waiting to board a flight. Orr was recently reunited with the grateful person whose life she helped save.

AANP member and recent DNP graduate Dr. Sylvia May was pictured in an article about a visit that Sen. Patty Murray made to Pacific Lutheran University after the school secured a $1.4 million grant to help improve access to care in Washington state. According to the report, “May’s culminating research focused on the statewide opioid epidemic. She will serve active duty in the Air Force, stationed in Illinois.”

Congratulations to AANP member Amy Johnson, who was recently honored by the Virginia Farm Bureau Lady Leader recognition program for her efforts to reduce injuries and promote healthy lifestyles among farmers. According to an article about Johnson, “Between treating patients, working with state legislators and talking with other rural families, Johnson spends most of her time nowadays raising awareness about farming health and safety and advocating for measures to help prevent injuries on the farm.”

AANP member Rita Curran is running for office in New York state. In local news about her efforts, Curran briefly referenced her work as an NP and experience treating patients with substance use disorder.

Heart attack symptoms may differ between men and women, according to a public education piece that quoted AANP member Shakira Tate. Women may experience atypical symptoms, according to Tate; “Not so much the crushing chest pain, but maybe the back pain, shortness of breath is fairly common in women, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, dizziness.”

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