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 blogs recently:

A response written by Knestrick to a recent article about the value of NPs to medical practices was published in Medical Economics. Knestrick said, “NPs have been providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs’ abilities to assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans, including prescribing medications, make us neither mid-level nor an extension of our physician colleagues, rather a critical provider of patient-centered care.”

Knestrick was also quoted in an AANP press release regarding the Trump administration’s recent release of a report entitled Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. Knestrick said, “We are encouraged and agree with the administration’s recommendation that patients suffer when faced with barriers to access resulting from outdated [SOP] laws.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Terri Allison and Dr. Rene Love, who received a Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners grant to “study the impact DNP-prepared nurse practitioners have on patient and organizational outcomes.” According to a press release, Allison and Love “will examine how changes in education — specifically, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties recommendations that the DNP degree be the entry into practice for nurse practitioners — affects the growth and distribution of nurse practitioners in the workforce.”

AANP member Mary BenBenek was quoted in a recent article about a new NP-led clinic that was opened by the University of Minnesota to “expand personalized treatment and primary care for the University community.” According to an article about the clinic opening, Benbenek said, “[Our perspective] is based on patient interaction. Yes, we might take a little bit longer with a patient, but we’re trying to listen and hear their story.”

“Partnering with your primary care provider (PCP) will go a long way toward keeping you at your best level of health and avoiding unnecessary visits to the emergency department,” AANP member Michelle Poston wrote in an Op-Ed published by a local paper. Poston explained which clinicians may be PCPs and which health conditions might warrant routine or emergency care.

A new clinic owned by AANP member Rachel Wilson is helping to increase access to health care for patients in Meriden, Kansas. “Instead of becoming a nurse practitioner somewhere else and continuing on with that model of the current health care, I just decided to open up my own practice,” Wilson explained to reporters. Learn more.

“The need for nurses, as well as the variety of job settings available to nurses, translates to strong job opportunity at all levels,” according to a recent article about nursing shortages that quoted AANP member Brooke Caldwell. The article reveals why Caldwell chose to become an NP. “As a supervisor, I was managing nursing, staffing and assisting where I could when nurses were overwhelmed. It was at that point that I felt if nurses had more support from a provider, their job would go a little easier,” Caldwell said. “When I decided to go back to nurse practitioner school, I swore I would be the provider that wouldn’t complain when nurses called me, and I would educate them. I wanted to find a way to make it easier on nurses because they have to do a lot. I also wanted back on the floor with the patients.”

More Maine babies are born exposed to opioids, and hospitals are struggling to treat them, according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Alane O’Connor. “If they try to detox on their own, they get so sick they feel like they are going to die,” said O’Connor. “It’s about getting them stabilized on medication. But counseling is also a big piece in terms of their recovery.”

“Many rural inhabitants, including the elderly and disabled, would rather avoid a visit to the doctor’s office than face an hour (or more) drive to get there,” according to an article about the need to increase access to care in rural areas. The article featured AANP members Dr. Nicole Rouhana and Frances Munroe. “We have great need for more rural nurse practitioners,” Munroe said. “The problem has existed for a while, but now it’s growing. We believe nursing is both a science and an art. There is a way to combine the digital aspects with physical connections to provide the best care for the patient.”

“If you think about a young mom with three kids at home, the last thing you want to do is lug them to the doctor’s office, have them crawling around a dirty floor,” AANP member Tamara Brown told reporters in an article about a house call service in Tempe, Arizona. Brown also indicated that the service is beneficial to patients with limited mobility.

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