Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Colorado State Representative Dr. Michelle Edwards was featured by Elsevier as a Nurse Leader. Edwards told Elsevier, “Without question, the future for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced practice providers (APPs) is quite promising. The demand for these providers has never been higher, and not without good reason. There is substantial evidence to show APPs increase patient satisfaction and have patient outcomes equivalent or superior to physician outcomes in primary care. And when deployed strategically, APPs not only expand the therapeutic reach of the care team through improved access, they add revenue to the bottom line! The value of the APP role is undeniable.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker, who recently received a 2018 Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Baker was recognized for starting “the first nurse practitioner-owned house call practice in Louisiana in order to improve access to primary care.” She authored Housecalls 101, “a best-selling book, that outlines how to start a successful house call practice. published an article about Baker and her “Nola the Nurse” children’s book collection. They also discussed her efforts to care for patients affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Congratulations to AANP Louisiana State Representative Dr. Sattaria Dilks, who will soon become president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). According to a press release, Dilks will begin her term of office in late October.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs that were recently published by 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Before Congress passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, AANP Indiana State Representative Angela Thompson was quoted in an article about the bill. Thompson urged legislators to, “Retire that sunset clause so it would be indefinitely that nurse practitioners and physician assistants could provide those services.”

Karen Bensinger and Nancy Crane-Roberts are AANP members who were among the authors of a recent article about ways that full practice authority for NPs in Pennsylvania could help patients. According to the authors, “There is overwhelming evidence that full scope of practice for nurse practitioners would improve health in Pennsylvania. A report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Duke University School of Law concluded that granting Pennsylvania’s nurse practitioners full-practice authority would benefit Pennsylvanians by increasing access to comparable or better health care at lower costs and would save at least $6.4 billion within the next 10 years.”

Congratulations to AANP member Sandra “Sam” Christensen (pictured below), who recently received the Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award from the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). The award recognizes an individual who has made continuing contributions to OMA. As an advocate for the OMA and for her patients, she always takes the initiative and puts her heart into projects, most recently: helping to develop the primary care obesity certificate program for NPs and PAs. Christensen and AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden were both invited speakers at the Obesity Medicine Summit held in Washington, D.C.


Daily Nurse published an article about ways to honor veterans with innovative nursing care, and AANP member Dr. Shannon Munro was mentioned. Munro and her team have “significantly reduced the risk of developing hospital-acquired pneumonia by providing consistent oral hygiene during hospital admissions,” according to the author.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may be the answer to the health care provider shortage in Hawaii, according to AANP member Bryan Chin. In his letter to the editor, Chin suggested that health care organizations in Hawaii could establish residency type programs for new NPs to “retain more providers, save on costs and fill the shortage gap, which will otherwise only get larger as our community population grows.”

After Hurricane Florence, health care volunteers like AANP member Leah Stewart helped patients in North Carolina access the care they need. Read more about the relief efforts.

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease—they’re 2-3 times more likely to die of heart disease or to have a stroke, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” MD Magazine reported in an article about cardiovascular outcomes for patients with diabetes. The article quoted AANP member Lucia Novak, who said, “I tell my patients ‘it’s not just about your sugar, sugar. Diabetes to me is heart disease, and so when I’m looking at treating the diabetes I have to take into consideration this underlying heart disease that they likely have.” Novak shared ways that clinicians can help bridge gaps in diabetes care.

AANP member Dr. Olivia Newby was featured in an article about diabetes prevention efforts at her health care clinic. The report said, “A doctor of nursing practice, she is a crusader for diabetes prevention focused on the disproportionally high rate in African Americans. Her Healthy Living Center in Norfolk is one of only five programs in Virginia that has achieved full recognition for diabetes prevention by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

During a local patient education event, AANP member Rachel Gray shared tips to help patients with diabetes and kidney disease thrive. Gray said, “To avoid things like kidney disease, or gastroparesis, try to reduce sugary foods and keep blood pressures normal. Blood sugar is controlled by exercising. If you want to eat cake, a better option would be a sponge cake with some freshly cut fruit on top. Moderation is key.” Read more.

In an article encouraging readers to get their flu shot, AANP member Hannah Anderson told reporters, “There are several reasons people may get sick after receiving the flu shot. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to work, so if you’re exposed to the virus during that time, you can still fall ill.”

A partnership between a local school district and hospital makes it possible for children to receive well-child check-ups, patient education and other health care services from a clinic at their elementary school. Healthy children learn better, according to an article about the clinic, which featured AANP member Anne NorwoodLearn more.

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