Spotlight on NPs

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

A Health Affairs article about Primary Care Workforce Data and the Need for Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority by AANP Fellows Drs. Joanne Pohl, Anne Thomas, Taynin Kopanos and AANP member Dr. Mary Beth Bigley indicated that “Of all the solutions currently proposed for addressing challenges in primary care workforce development, modernizing NP licensure is the only option with no added costs, no delay and nearly half a century of evidence to support improved health care access without compromising quality or patient safety.”

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently presented its 2018 Director’s Award to the Bay County Health Department in recognition of the Bay Community Health Clinic’s excellence in public health and innovative approaches to improve health, well-being and equity. According to an article about the honor, “The clinic utilizes an integrated approach—teaming professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and social work—to address physical and mental health issues for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Those professionals are supported by students who provide help while receiving hands-on training.” AANP Fellow Kathleen Schachman works at the clinic where care is provided to underserved populations and said, “The partnership between SVSU and Bay County Health Department has created this unique clinical training environment that enriches the educational experience of health professions students and benefits the community.”

Congratulations to AANP member Julie Crotts, who was recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health as a Community Star for her work serving the vital health needs of patients in rural areas. A press release indicated that ““When Julie Crotts was just 14 years young living in rural Kansas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Today, she is a dedicated and driven oncology nurse practitioner; but more than that, she is an inspiration.” Read the press release.

Dr. Sophia Thomas, president-elect of AANP, was featured in a U.S. News & World Report article about her role with AANP. Read the article.

Father-son talks about condom use help prevent sexually transmitted infections, according to a study led by AANP member Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos. A U.S. News & World Report article about the research, “The findings showed that communicating about condom use can be a powerful way to help prevent teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.”

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several blogs to help readers address a variety of health concerns during the holiday season and new year.

Knestrick was featured in a article about NPs making a difference one patient at a time. She also appeared on Community Accent radio show January 2 to discuss blood donation. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of that interview. In an article for Daily Nurse about rural veterans, Knestrick said, “NPs are one of the most significant factors in expanding patient access to primary, acute and specialty care, especially at a time when demand is high and physicians remain concentrated in more urban and affluent areas.”

Congratulations to AANP member Sheri Carson, who was recently named Arizona Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Arizona National Association of Nurse Practitioners. Carson was recognized for her work creating a better tool to help improve child-abuse screening in hospital emergency departments. Learn more.

A Kwanzaa celebration in Georgia included an opportunity for AANP member Carmeka Coe to speak about the health concerns members of the African-American community face. According to a local news report, Coe said, “We can pull together and maybe overcome some of those problems.” Read more.

It is important to know your family health history, according to an article that quoted AANP member Krystal August. Family health history can help with early detection of a variety of health conditions, according to the article. August said, “… we have diagnosed people with breast cancer before the age of 40. Which 40 is the age you should start screening mammograms, and if we can start before that because someone in your family was diagnosed with it before that, that’s a way we can find it.”

“Nevada desperately needs increased access to mental health services, and I am especially passionate about bringing treatment options to my hometown.” AANP member Cameron Duncan said in a press release about Duncan Family Healthcare, an NP-led primary care and mental health clinic in Reno, Nevada.

Holiday foods can cause cardiovascular stress, according to a local news article that quoted AANP member Ram Khattri Chettri. An excess of salt, alcohol and calories may be difficult for the body to process, according to Khattri Chettri, who said, “Moderation is probably the best solution during the holidays.”

A self-help book for Christians with Type-A personalities was recently written and published by AANP member Autumn Hoover. Learn more.

Tera Thompson, an AANP member, was pictured in a local news article about a clinic in a middle school in Arkansas. Thompson works in the clinic and also serves as a member of the school board.

Maryland is currently experiencing high influenza rates, according to a local news report. AANP member Teresa Dyer shared information about the outbreak, provided health tips and encouraged viewers to get vaccinated.

Diabetes in Control recently shared an interview with AANP member Dr. Kathryn Kreider, including seven videos about patients who are experiencing diabetes distress. Learn what to look for in patients with diabetes distress, how to determine a patient’s diabetes distress level, whether depression is associated with distress and more.

AANP member Dr. Stephanie Lynch was among the researchers recognized by Daily Nurse as Nurses of the Week for their efforts to help border residents in New Mexico overcome language barriers to get the health care they need. The researchers are conducting a study to determine the accuracy of technology that can help translate speech instantaneously.

“I knew early on I wanted a career where I could help people, and nursing was perfect for that,” AANP member Jamie VanAuker told reporters in an article about why she chose to become an NP. VanAuker said, “I knew that as a nurse practitioner, I would be able to continue the path of forming strong patient/family relationships while still providing direct patient care.”

A local news show invited AANP member Justine Kuroda to explain to viewers what diabetes is and how it can it can be managed. Watch the clip.

AANP members Dr. Ann Felauer and Dr. Amy Daniels were mentioned in an article about hands-on learning that occurs in the University of Maryland School of Nursing simulation labs. The training helps prepare nursing students for critical health care situations. Daniels said, “These abilities provide realistic responses to the nursing students as they either correctly or incorrectly provide care to the newborn in the simulation setting.”

Congratulations to AANP member Angie Bowman, who recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ivy Tech Community College. A press release about the award said, “As the highest honor alumni can receive, the award is designated for individuals with outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.”

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