Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several articles recently for the popular blogs 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, an AANP Fellow and past president, wrote several articles for the 30 Seconds blog site.

The United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign was highlighted by AANP Fellow Dr. Deborah Gray and Janice Hawkins in an article about ways members of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing are making a global impact one vaccine at a time. Several AANP members have also become Shot@Life Champions. Read more about ways AANP members have supported Shot@Life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Robin Lawson, who recently received a $650,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the BAMA-Care program at the University of Alabama, which will prepare NPs to increase access to care for patients in Alabama. In an article about the program, Lawson said, “We will create longitudinal immersive clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas for our family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students to facilitate their employment in those same settings upon graduation.” Lawson was also featured by Daily Nurse as the Nurse of the Week for her work creating BAMA-Care. Listen to the short interview.

AANP member Bradley Bigford shared insights about his house calls business on the Idaho Matters program broadcast by a local NPR station. Bigford explained the importance of removing a variety of barriers to health care access in order to improve patients’ health. Bigford also discussed the NP role and shared information about the services that NPs provide. highlighted the importance and scarcity of advanced practice nurses (APNs) who specialize in geriatric care and quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie Sabol.  “Nationwide, less than 1 percent of nurses are certified as geriatric nursing specialists and only 10 percent of medical schools require geriatric care training,” Sabol said. “In addition, since changes were made to integrate adult and geriatric populations into one graduate-level NP curriculum, geriatric specialization was eliminated. As a result, the numbers of gerontological specialists, including clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, are dwindling.”

Residencies for NPs were the topic of a Hartford Courant article that quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Flinter and AANP member Nichole Mitchell. “It’s a very difficult transition to go from excellent nurse practitioner training to full scope-of-practice provider,” said Flinter. “There’s a lot of debate within the [NP] community,” said Knestrick. “We already have good outcomes to show that our current educational system has been effective. So I’m not really sure what the benefit is for residencies.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teena McGuinness and Tess Judge-Ellis and AANP members Lt. Col. (retired) Jess Colohan and Dr. Brenda Marshall, who are among nine exceptional psychiatric-mental health nurses selected to receive 2018 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Awards. According to a press release, the awardees included “nurses who have served three tours in Iraq, originated a nationally recognized training program on treating schizophrenia, and brought psychiatric-mental health education to rural, underserved areas.”

AANP member Joe Flores was recently interviewed by Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing and featured in a Nursing Notes podcast. Flores is both a family nurse practitioner and an attorney focusing on health care law and medical negligence.

In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, women in Toledo, Ohio, are being encouraged to sign up for mammograms. “It is always a good idea to talk about it [breast cancer] because you can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be screened,” AANP member Jill Johnson told reporters. “If the breast cancer is caught early, which is the purpose of any screening, the chances of treating it and surviving it are much higher than obviously a late found or an advance stage breast cancer.”

Veronica Southerland is a member with an entrepreneurial spirit. She lost $4 million after changes in the health care landscape sent her home care business spiraling and is building a new business on hydration therapy. Learn more.

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