Spotlight on NPs

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

Forbes shared insights from a study conducted by AANP members Bernadette Fulweiler and Dr. Rita John that found mind-body practices like meditation and yoga may help teens with anxiety. The Forbes article indicated that the authors found, “A growing body of evidence supports the implementation of mind-body practices as a low-risk and cost-effective strategy in the management of adolescents with anxiety. Biofeedback, mindfulness, yoga, and hypnosis are all promising forms of mind and body practices in the battle against rising rates of adolescent anxiety. The literature supports the use of mind and body practices in the home, the classroom, and in clinical settings.” Eureka Alert also published an article about the study and highlighted the important role that NPs play in screening adolescents for anxiety and “creating a personalized plan to combat anxiety, when present.”

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick recently wrote the following blogs for 30 Seconds:

AANP Fellow and recent past president Dr. Cindy Cooke told readers of 30 Seconds that there are several great reasons to opt for a staycation instead of planning a getaway. In addition to saving money, Cooke reassured readers that staycations could be a rewarding and relaxing option.

Congratulations to Sara Kavalauskas, an AANP member who was recently appointed to the American Health Council Board of Nurses. A press release about the appointment commended Kavalauskas for her “clinical proficiency and commitment to patient care during her 19 years in the healthcare industry.”

Preprocedural checklists can improve patient satisfaction in interventional radiology departments, according to a study conducted by AANP member Dr. Valerie White and published in the Journal of Radiology Nursing. Radiology Business reported that White wrote, “Workflow efficiency in interventional radiology is exceptionally challenging because of the mixture of inpatients and outpatients being scheduled throughout the day, using the same rooms, for procedures of fluctuating lengths. Efficiency is a crucial issue for revenue stream in for-profit organizations, and improved efficiency allows more procedures to be executed for the same cost in not-for-profit institutions.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Anna Hamrick, who was recently recognized by Great 100, Inc. as a “Great 100 Nurse” for 2018. According to a press release about the honor, “A Great 100 nurse is a registered nurse who is exceptional for accomplishments in the workplace and in the community.”

Heat related illnesses are a growing concern, and AANP member Justin Shannon advised members of his community to prepare for exposure to the heat. Shannon recommended that people seek shade, when possible, and that they drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Congratulations to AANP member Ron Byrd, who recently opened a new NP-led clinic in Arizona. Learn more.

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