Spotlight on NPs

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

NPs prescribe fewer unneeded antibiotics than MDs, according to findings of a study detailed in Becker’s Healthcare. NPs sampled were 4.8 percent less likely to prescribe antibiotics inappropriately than the MDs sampled, according to Beckers. The article quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who said, “It’s really hard, particularly in primary care, to explain to patients why they shouldn’t get an antibiotic, because everybody wants a quick fix. I try to give the patient a little bit of control with some choices.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke shared five healthy tips for men with readers of 30 Seconds. “See a nurse practitioner” was at the top of the list.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Dawn Garzon Maaks, who will become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) on July 1. According to a press release, Garzon Maaks will focus on mental health issues, including youth suicide. “The beauty of what we do as pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses is provide that developmentally grounded perspective to the care of children and families, in whatever setting they need regardless of what types of health care they need,” Garzon Maaks said.

AANP Fellow Dr. Donald Gardenier appeared on a local news station to share details about his lecture on “The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body.” Gardenier educated viewers about the role of the liver and common liver diseases. He is pictured below wearing his AANP pin during the interview.


Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Heidi Rogers, who was appointed Director of Interprofessional Education for the University of New Mexico. “The Interprofessional Education program is collaborating on important, innovative and cool educational experiences for all our students,” Rogers said in a press release. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and students from across the HSC campus to support the mission of interprofessional collaboration, as well as improved models of patient-centered care.”

Research conducted by AANP member Dr. Hilary Barnes continues to reach new audiences. Consumer Affairs cited Barnes’ study in a recent article that asserted NPs are the answer to the growing healthcare shortage. News Medical also reported on the study.

What does a nurse practitioner do? AANP member Angelique Mason answered that question for readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Need suggestions to help you stay healthy in the heat? AANP member Kimberly Webber shared pro tips in a local news report. “Water keeps the balance of everything that we need,” said Webber. “It’s the number one part of what our body is made of, what it functions on. Water is the best thing to keep us hydrated.”

“I think people definitely underestimate how hot it is and how sick we can get from it,” AANP member Benjamin Pellegrin in another timely article about summer and heat related safety. “Those who are most vulnerable would be infants, children, elderly patients and those with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease.” Pellegrin also advised people to “Avoid physical activity during the hottest parts of the day. Save it for early morning or late afternoon. Drink plenty of fluids on a scheduled basis. Wear light fitting clothing, preferably light colors, single layers and a hat.”

Congratulations to AANP member Mike Holtz who recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion of his primary care clinic. Read more.

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