Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker and AANP member Capt. Beverly Dandridge who were recently honored by the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Baker received the Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Dandridge was recognized as the Uniformed Services Nurse of the Year. Learn more.

A comprehensive educational program designed to combat opioid overdose was developed by AANP Fellow Dr. Gina Dahlem and highlighted by The Michigan Daily. Dahlem said, “We have an opioid epidemic and naloxone is an antidote. To reverse it, we need people alive, therefore I believe training to have people respond to overdose has made a huge impact in the counties. Our motto is, ‘Dead people do not recover.’”

In a meet the expert blog post for Mayo Clinic, AANP Fellow Dr. Amanda Chaney discussed her work related to liver transplants. Chaney also shared information about her partnership with Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and said, “I want other nurse practitioners and physician assistants to know there is so much more opportunity to make a difference than just your day job; including quality improvement work, education, and research.”

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Broglio, an AANP member who received the 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) award and was recently interviewed by AANP. Learn more about Broglio’s experience as a NIDA grant recipient, and apply for the 2019 NIDA grant opportunity by October 17.

A recent discussion paper on ways to implement optimal team-based care to reduce clinician burnout was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Corbridge. The authors concluded that “High-functioning health care teams come in a variety of compositions, yet all possess key features that make them successful. High-functioning teams have tremendous potential to promote clinician well-being, which is foundational to effective and efficient health care.” You may also access additional information about the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and resources for clinicians.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several blogs for 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, who recently received a Zia Award from the University of New Mexico Alumni Association in recognition of tremendous accomplishments that have made a significant positive impact on the university, her community and beyond. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Diane Snow was among the guest editors of the Journal of Addictions Nursing’s special edition on nursing and the opioid crisis. In a guest editorial, Snow shared clinical pearls that could help improve outcomes for patients who use opioids. Snow concluded, “We each bear a responsibility to take action to address opioid problems wherever we work, wherever we have influence.” Read a press release about the special edition.

Get your flu shots now, AANP member Kayla Johnson urged readers of the Times Free Press. Johnson said, “The flu is more than just a ‘bad cold.’ Many people are hospitalized and/or die from the flu every year.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Virginia Prendergast knew that she wanted to be a nurse when she toured a hospital at the age of five. Forty years ago, Prendergast began working for that hospital where she now heads a special team of neuroscience nurses. Learn more about Prendergast’s passion for nursing.

How do you take over management of a patient whose previous clinician prescribed high-dose opioids? AANP member Theresa Mallick-Searle drew upon her more than 15 years of experience in pain management to answer that question for readers of Practical Pain Management. Read Mallick-Searle’s recommendations.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was recently awarded one of two 2018 Hillman Emergent Innovation grants. Melnyk is the principal investigator for a study that will examine ways to turn sick care into well care for homebound older adults and their pets. Learn more about the grant.

AANP member Lonnie Orman was highlighted in the Muskogee Phoenix for his work to nurture others both as a nurse practitioner and as a pastor. Orman said that he became an NP because he “… wanted to be a provider of care, not only a caregiver.”

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