Spotlight on NPs

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

In a great piece for aspiring nursing and NP students, Springer Publishing Company interviewed AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who shared details about her successful career, thoughts on distance learning, tips for future NPs and more.

“A staggering 60 percent of men don’t get regular health checkups and, on average, die five years earlier than their spouses,” according to AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke. Read five reasons why a checkup is the best Father’s Day gift in Cooke’s blog for 30 Seconds.

Last week’s Spotlight on NPs noted that 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. In addition to wide coverage of the study’s findings last week, Health Leaders Media reported that laws restricting NP practice do not improve care. “All that they are really doing is putting up barriers to primary care. Removing the practice restrictions can really only be a benefit,” Barnes said. The American Journal of Managed Care reported that, “between 2008 and 2016, primary care providers increasingly relied on nurse practitioners… especially in rural areas.” Fierce Healthcare also published an article about Barnes’ study.

Congratulations to AANP North Texas State Representative Dr. Christy Blanco, who is serving her second term on the Texas Nurse Practitioners Board of Directors. “There are 23 states [including D.C.] where nurse practitioners have full practice authority,” Blanco said in a local news report. “New Mexico has full practice authority, and currently there are four or five advanced practice nurses who have chosen to build their practice in New Mexico because they’re allowed to have full practice authority in New Mexico. So, El Paso is probably more disadvantaged because New Mexico attracts a lot of nurse practitioners.”

A free eye, dental and health care clinic will be held in Wise, VA, July 20-22, and AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula E.S. Hill of the Health Wagon will be participating. According to a press release, “The Health Wagon is taking appointments for up to ten children under the age of 16 who need oral surgery due to extensive dental problems.”

Kudos to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was selected to be a member of Women of Impact, a group of high-profile female executives representing all sectors of the healthcare industry across the United States who share the goal of realigning the healthcare system to meet the needs of all Americans. Founded in 2013, the group seeks to apply collective impact to address complex problems in healthcare and critical concerns prominent in the national conversation. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce, who was selected to participate in the National League for Nursing’s LEAD program. According to a press release, Dr. Lioce “has sustained scholarly contributions with over 30 international presentations and 25 publications in simulation education. She specializes in simulation operations, curriculum development and implementation, strategic planning, faculty development, simulation design, and programmatic quality improvement.”

AANP members Demetria Castrellon, Isabel Zuniga and Guillermina Nelson were featured in a local news article about University of Texas El Paso nurse practitioners who deliver comprehensive stroke care to patients. “We’re part of the only team in El Paso that provides in-house neurological care to treat even the most complex stroke cases 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” explained Zuniga. According to the report, “The [UTEP] School of Nursing’s AGACNP program is designed to train nurse practitioners to respond to patients with critical life-threatening illnesses, including cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and stroke.”

Upon her recent return from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, AANP member Col. Ramona Mulleins-Foreman presented her supervisors with the Patriotic Employer Award. According to a press release, “The Department of Defense award, given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, is presented to individual supervisors who support soldiers through measures including flexible schedules and time off prior to and after deployment.”

“Cases of throid cancer have tripled in the last 30 years, and women are diagnosed with it three times more often than men,” according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Laura Bruser, who is a thyroid cancer survivor. Read more.

Preventing exposure to ticks and the diseases they may carry was the subject of a local news report that quoted AANP member Jeff Buntin. Regarding Lyme disease, Buntin said that “ignoring the symptoms can lead to long-term complications including severe arthritics, prolonged fatigue and potentially lead to certain types of heart disease.”

Brittany Holmes, a nurse practitioner in the Yale School of Medicine’s Genetics Department, is also an AANP member. Holmes was recently interviewed about her involvement in clinical trials for a new drug to treat phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic disorder in which the body cannot process proteins. Holmes leads a PKU clinic at Yale.

Tips to stay safe as the temperature rises were provided by AANP member Valerie Smith in local Kentucky news. In addition to wearing light-colored clothing, staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen, Smith said, “As parents we need to watch our children. Pull them to the side, fan them, give them some cool water, give them a spray fan. That’s one way we can keep kids engaged and cooled off and not overrunning themselves.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recognized as a Leadership Excellence & Development (LEAD) 2018 Award finalist in the Top Future Leader Category (35 & under). Cantero has reportedly served as a mentor for hundreds of NP students and provides care to underserved populations that include homeless veterans, and low income families.

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