Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Connecticut State Representative Dr. Lynn Rapsilber and AANP Texas South State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck were featured in an NP Week article detailing the nine best things about being a nurse practitioner. “I love working with patients,” Peck said. “Making a positive impact on families is enough to get me back every day. I love that they can come to me with their questions and concerns and that I can offer preventative care and help them have healthier families.” Rapsilber added, “As barriers to full practice authority are removed, there are more opportunities for NPs to own and run their own clinics. The career opportunities for NPs are quickly expanding.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, who is the recipient of the 2019 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Mentor-facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Science Dissemination. The $12,000 grant ($10,000 to applicant, $2,000 stipend to mentor) will support a mentored opportunity to learn about key areas of SUD and SUD treatment strategies through systematic literature review, attendance at conferences and workshops and interaction with leading experts in the field. Dr. Nicholas Gideonse will serve as Hallock-Koppelman’s mentor. Read more.

A National Public Radio (NPR) report about the role that exercise plays in keeping seniors’ hearts healthy featured AANP member Susan Magrath, who is an avid runner and has run almost every day for 45 years. Magrath, who is 74 years of age, described running as addictive and said, “It’s just such a release, just a wonderful release. I ran today and there were little snowflakes coming down, and I was down by the river and it’s just wonderful. And I think it’s become more of a contemplative meditative process for me.” Magrath participated in a recent study, which found that septuagenarians who exercised regularly were more healthy than those who did not, and they had cardiovascular health that was comparable to people who were in their forties.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Beth Haney, pictured below, who was unanimously voted in as Mayor Pro-Tem by the Yorba Linda City Council. Haney was elected to the city council in 2016, and each year, the city council elects the Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor. Haney will serve as Mayor Pro-Tem until Dec. 2019, and then will serve as Mayor. Haney said, “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to serving my community and furthering the NP profession through local and state outreach.”

A new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement about the safety of statins was published Dec. 10 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun. According to a Health Day article about the report, Braun said, “This is a category of medications where it is clear, very clear, what the benefits are.” Braun encouraged patients to talk to their health care providers about medications, and she encouraged clinicians to welcome these discussions with patients and to explain the benefits and risks associated with statins.  Read the AHA press release about the report.

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula E.S. Hill and the Health Wagon, who were among 11 community-based heart health programs that received grants totaling more than $1.16 million from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program for their innovative approaches to help prevent and control heart disease. According to a press release, the Health Wagon’s program “aims to identify individuals with metabolic syndrome, diagnosed as dysmetabolic syndrome x, diabetes mellitus and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and correlate the risk for cardiovascular disease related to these afflictions, ultimately minimizing and preventing the risk of a cardiac event through the use of health education, screening, medication management and evidence-based practices such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Program.”

Health care crisis? There’s an APP for that, wrote AANP member Jarod Smith in an Op-Ed about the need to modernize practice for NPs and other clinicians in Pennsylvania. Smith wrote, “Unfortunately, the current health care environment fails to recognize the value of advanced practice providers (APPs), and this results in underutilization. For our health care system to become not only efficient but also effective, it needs to be intellectually honest concerning the benefits that such providers offer.”

In other Pennsylvania news, AANP member Dr. Catherine Grant also wrote an Op-Ed that was recently published. “I was the very first nurse practitioner (NP) to own a health center in Pennsylvania. I established my office because I saw a huge need in towns and rural areas,” Grant wrote. “I’ve dedicated 25 years of my life to make sure families have access to health care, because it can be a matter of life and death.”

AANP member Lacey Eden was recently featured as a CDC Flu Fighter Partner! Eden created a mobile application called “Best for Baby” in order to help parents track their child’s upcoming developmental milestones and vaccinations. Learn more about how she encourages patients to get their flu shots.

Many diabetics are not taking as much insulin as they need, because it is unaffordable, according to a recent news report that quoted AANP member Sarah Gossett. “It’s really frustrating that my parents can’t take the medication that they need to stay alive just because of a cost,” Gossett said. Even when patients have insurance, insulin can be cost-prohibitive. Gossett said, “… these are people who have worked their entire lives and have an illness that they need a medication for and they can’t take it.”

Congratulations to AANP member Rand Pennington, who recently won a Healthcare Heroes award from the Wilmington Business Journal. Pennington discussed the importance of diabetes education and said, “… we find that patients who are able to manage their diabetes and understand their diabetes tend to take care of themselves better in the long run and are able to prevent long-term complications of diabetes compared to patients who are not self-educated.” Pennington added, “…I think that as long as we kind of always try and look at things from a patient-centric perspective, as long as we keep a patient at the center and continue to do that then you’ll do good work.”

Last week, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was 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.” Knestrick was also interviewed by Daily Nurse about the role NPs play in prescribing Medication-assisted Treatments (MATs) and expanding critical access to care for patients in need. AANP has formed a collaborative with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Association of Physician Assistants to provide the 24-hour waiver training for NPs and physician assistants. Visit AANP’s CE Center for more information.

Congratulations to AANP member Greg King, who received a Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) Five-Star Excellence Award for Provider Services and Overall Care. According to a press release, “The five-star award ranks King and the orthopedic practice in the top 10 percent nationally for “excellent” responses in patient satisfaction surveys.”

A wellness studio run by AANP member Lisa Srnka was featured in a Next Pittsburgh article that highlighted four local, holistic wellness treatments. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Nancy Warner, who recently received the Person of the Year Award from the Santa Barbara Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. The award recognizes Warner’s contributions to her community and to the nurse practitioner role.

An article about oral side effects related to fentanyl delivery in head and neck patients quoted AANP member Erin McMenamin and was published by Cancer Network. McMenamin said, “Mucositis is an expected consequence of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the head and neck. Severity depends on the location, dose and type of concurrent chemotherapy. Opioids are generally the treatment of choice, due to the efficacy and the potential for unwanted side effects from other medications.”

After suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, AANP member Jodi Reese is educating others about the dangers associated with carbon monoxide, including brain injuries and long-term health issues. Learn more.

AANP member Jennifer Femino recently explained to readers of the Daily Nurse how you can and why you should help your community prepare for flu season. Her tips also appeared in the Hilltop Monitor during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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