Spotlight on NPs

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

“Nurse practitioners have been stepping up to keep truckers healthy and our roads safe,” according to Jennifer L.W. Fink, who recently wrote two articles that featured several AANP members and their role in performing DOT health exams for truck drivers. The articles and a new podcast, featuring AANP Fellow Wendy Paracka, were created in collaboration with Charting Nursing’s Future—a project of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Listen to the HealthCetera podcast. Read the articles: Nurse Practitioners Help Keep the Roads Safe–Why Not the Rails and Skies? and Nurse Practitioners Help Truckers Keep on Trucking.

NPs provide a viable health care option, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick told WIBW News in an interview about We Choose NPs, AANP’s new public awareness campaign. “Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who then have additional education at the masters or doctoral level,” said Knestrick. “Nurse practitioners assess, we make a treatment plan, we prescribe medications, we order tests, all of those things and we also focus on prevention.” For more information about AANP’s public awareness campaign, visit

Recent blogs by Knestrick and AANP past president Dr. Cindy Cooke include the following:

Congratulations to AANP Fellow and North Carolina House of Representatives member Gale Adcock, who recently received the American Nurses Association Barbara Thoman Curtis Award in recognition of Adcock’s decades of political work impacting policy and nursing practice.


Picture courtesy of the North Carolina Nurses Association via Twitter

Congratulations to AANP Massachusetts State Representative Dr. Nancy O’Rourke, who recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. O’Rourke was nominated for the honor in recognition of her outstanding career, which includes decades of clinical practice and health policy leadership to help advance the professional role and practice of nurse practitioners. Learn more about the award.

Contemporary Pediatrics recently featured an article by AANP Fellow Dr. Donna Hallas about strategic ways to avoid diagnostic errors. In addition to examining root causes, Hallas asserted that “Problem-based education is the key to prevention of diagnostic errors.” According to Hallas, “Educators must facilitate student discovery and excite students to be inquisitive, active learners searching for scientific evidence to support all decisions.”

The diagnosis of a rare tropical disease caught the attention of local news reporters, who highlighted the role AANP member Brett Auclaire and her colleague Becky Traquair played in treating the patient. The chikungunya diagnosis was the first in the U.S. this year, according to the report, and nationwide, only 114 cases were diagnosed last year. Learn more.

In a local news article, AANP member Diana Vardeman indicated that the clinic where she works reported caring for its first brown recluse spider bite victim of 2018. Vardeman said the patient knew he had been bitten by a brown recluse, and the bite “…looked like it started to get a little bit of pus which is a little bit of infection, so I started him on some antibiotics and gave him all of the precautions.” Vardeman recommended reducing spiders’ access by removing bed skirts.

AANP member Abby Gray was quoted in a local news article about a recent increase in mosquito bites and the need to protect against them to prevent exposure to West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. “In Wyoming, the West Nile virus has been detected in every county,” Tupper said. “But then, just simple bug bites in children, who are very reactive and get swollen, have been pretty common too. Definitely more than in previous years.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recently recognized by Walden University as an Alumni Ambassador. According to an article published by the university, “Cantero has traveled to India, Mexico, Egypt, Croatia, China, and Honduras to provide health care services and educate local medical professionals about health promotion and disease prevention.” He has also served as a clinical preceptor for more than 150 NP students.

Liquid facelifts, using Botox and fillers, were discussed by AANP member Jennifer Russell in an interview for a local news network. Learn more about the information she provided on nonsurgical rejuvenation options.

Good luck to AANP member Margaret Whiteman, who is competing to be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine. In a local news article, Whiteman indicated that she works hard to remain fit in order to be a role model to her three children.

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