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 Lawson, pictured below, who was recently awarded the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaboration (PCPCC) Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award. The award was presented by AANP CEO David Hebert, also pictured below. Watch a video about Dr. Lawson and her work.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: What Goes Up Must Eventually Come Down, written by AANP North Dakota State Representative Dr. Jenna Herman, was recently published by Contemporary Clinic Pharmacy Times. Herman wrote, Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) “is a common and well-known diabetes complication. Because half of DKA hospital admissions can be prevented, it is important to have a collaborative relationship with patients’ endocrinologists or primary care providers for ongoing management of their diabetes.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen, who recently became a member of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value. Jensen is a past president of AANP and currently serves as the liaison for national APRN policy for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the press release and page 11 of this collection of bios for additional details.

AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun was among the committee members and authors of the 2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol, a report from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. The report was published by the American Heart Association Journals.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Danielle Howa Pendergrass, who was recently selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pendergrass previously served as an AANP State Representative for Utah. View the list of new Culture of Health Leaders participants.

On November 7, President Dr. Joyce Knestrick visited the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The following day, Knestrick was honored to attend a round table meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. We look forward to ongoing discussions with HHS. Pictures from both events are below.

Knestrick recently wrote several timely blogs that were published.

AANP Fellow and past president Dr. Cindy Cooke also wrote blog posts that were published recently.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch, who recently received the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing. Read more about Rasch’s admirable career.

AANP Fellow Dr. Doreen Cassarino recently appeared as a featured alumna in Florida Atlantic University’s Transforming Care magazine. See page 28 for details.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators recently highlighted AANP Fellow Dr. Michelle Litchman in a member profile. Litchman said, “As a N.P. and diabetes educator, I appreciate really getting to know my patients with diabetes. Together, we celebrate successes, work through struggles, and ultimately team up to support health.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “Having experienced the trauma of being alone with my mother when she sneezed and died from a hemorrhagic stroke in front of me at 15 years old,” Melnyk said, “I am deeply committed to the forum’s cause in preventing heart attacks and strokes.” Read more about Melnyk’s new, elected role.

In an article about ways that drug therapy helped a man recover from opioid addiction, AANP member Christine Harsell discussed how Suboxone can help some patients. According to Harsell, “It’s really heartening to have another tool to offer patients who are really suffering. It helps the patient buy time.”

A local news report about diabetes featured AANP member Sara Wilson and referenced a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study that found diabetes affects approximately 30 million Americans. Watch the report.

Congratulations to AANP member Diana Williams, who was recognized as a 2018 Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 recipient. According to an announcement about the awards, “Williams is the owner and CEO of Precision Wellness Center, which is a functional medicine and anti-aging clinic focused on improving clients’ quality of life.”

Hormone therapy can help some women as they age, according to AANP member Dana Hull, who hosted a recent seminar on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. According to Hull, women “might have symptoms that indicate a hormone imbalance, including low energy, weight gain, muscle atrophy, hair loss, depression, anxiety, mood swings, trouble sleeping, hot flashes and night sweats. The only way to be sure you’re a candidate for hormone-replacement therapy is through a blood test.”

An article about the expansion of a palliative care program mentioned AANP members Theresa Latorre-Tegtmeier and Suzette Flores. “I love being there for patients and families to provide education and options,” said Flores. “What I find is patients really appreciate the time we take to talk to them about what is important regarding their health.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Julie Miller, who was recently appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Learn more.

An article educating the public about pneumonia symptoms in children quoted AANP member Dr. Katie Mysen, who said, “In developed countries, the incidence is 33 cases of pneumonia for every 10,000 children under the age of five. Symptoms of pneumonia in infants and young children can be subtle and can include the combination of fever and cough. Prior to a cough, kids might be breathing faster or have difficulty breathing.”

Nutrition and weight loss myths were recently debunked by AANP member Carol Rowsemitt. What’s the best way to lose weight? Are all calories the same? Rowsemitt has the answers. Read more.

Dr. Kristen Marie Guida, an AANP member, recently went on a medical mission to Les Abricots, Grand‘Anse , Haiti. She traveled to this austere location & provided primary care to the local residents of this community. Dr. Guida personally evaluated and treated 159 patients in the clinic during her week in the clinic. In the photo, local school children came up to her to thank her for her assistance in the community.

Kristen Guida in Haiti

Get your flu shot now, urged AANP member Katherine Davis. “It’s very important, because there are often complications that are associated with the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and those types of things, even death, so it’s really worth it to come in and get your flu vaccine.” Davis also stressed the importance of hand hygiene to prevent transmission of influenza. Read more.

AANP member Megan Fjellander was mentioned in an article about a patient who survived a severe bout of influenza and is now encouraging people to get a flu shot. Read and share this important patient experience.

Congratulations to AANP members Kathy Hager and Leslie Scott, who were among eight recipients of the University of Louisville’s Nightingale Awards. The honorees were recognized for their work serving vulnerable groups and shaping the next generation of nurses. Learn more.

Read Breaking Barriers and Building Up Advanced Practice at University of Colorado Hospital by AANP member Dr. Jennifer Rodgers to learn more about ways she has overcome challenges to create opportunities for advanced practice providers. Rodgers addressed ways to break down silos, standardize promotions, create change within complex systems and more.

Congratulations to AANP member Jason Hewett, who received the September DAISY Award from McLeod Regional Medical. According to a press release, Hewett was nominated by Kellie James for care he provided her niece, Sierra. “To say that Jason was amazing in caring for Sierra is an absolute understatement,” James said. “Words cannot express our gratitude for his professionalism, compassion, patience, understanding, communication, knowledge, empathy and love shown to her during those hours of care, which extended well beyond his shift.”

Congratulations to AANP member Amanda Brill, who was recently elected to serve on the University of Colorado Hospital’s (UCH) medical board. According to a press release, Brill “is believed to be one of the few Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in the country to serve as an elected member at-large on a hospital medical executive committee.”

A local news story highlighted AANP member Addison Zaya and her passions for playing volleyball and helping people. Zaya was able to do both at Midland College. “Any team sport forces you to know, trust and rely on each other,” said Zaya. “Those lessons carry over into every aspect of life, especially health care.”

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