Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP released the results of its 2018 National Sample Survey and quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in a press release about the survey results. A Forbes article by Bruce Japsen reported on AANP’s findings and quoted Knestrick, who said, “Current provider shortages, especially in primary care, are a growing concern, yet the growth of the NP role is addressing that concern head-on. The faith patients have in NP-provided health care is evidenced by the estimated 1.06 billion patient visits made to NPs in 2018.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jess Calohan, who was recently named director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program for Frontier University. Daily Nurse reported that Calohan is a retired Lt. Col. In the United States Army whose “military record includes a list of distinguishing awards like the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and eight Army Commendation Medals.”

Missouri State University’s MSU Care clinic is celebrating its third year of providing free health care to patients. AANP member Vanessa McConnell told reporters that years of chronic illness without access to health care has negatively impacted the mental and physical health of some patients … “Where then they can no longer be productive citizens of society, hold down jobs, those types of things, because they need those services and those treatments.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Michelle Appelbaum, who was recently elected president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. “Never has there been a more exciting time to be a nurse practitioner in New York State,” Appelbaum said. “Nurse practitioners have gained increasing recognition as vital members of the health care system.” Read the press release.

A local news report about a gala benefiting a medical facility for women who have breast cancer quoted AANP member and breast cancer survivor Casey Waddle. Learn more.

An advanced skills workshop held by a university in New York state quoted AANP member Cynthia Durham, whose “lecture provided comprehensive training on wound evaluation and healing, local anesthesia selection and delivery, instrument choice, suture selection and how to prepare a wound for sutures,” according to a press release. Durham encouraged students to ask for help when they are beginning to learn about suturing. She said, “Learn from you peers, get better and grow your skill set. You’ll learn how to suture more complex wounds as you progress through your career.”

A new NP-owned clinic was recently opened in rural Arizona by AANP member Donna Buchanan. In a press release about the clinic, Buchanan said, “I want the independence. I want affordable health care. We are a cash-pay practice, but we work with people who are uninsured and insured.”

An article about school closures due to illness in Tennessee quoted AANP member Kayla Johnson, who indicated that there were fewer cases of influenza reported than this time last year, but strep throat was currently a concern in that area. Stomach viruses were also reported to be common.

Life After a Stroke was the subject of a local news interview featuring AANP member Megan Millikan. In order to reduce the risk of having another stroke, Millikan suggested the following:

  • Manage blood pressure, as a high BP often leads to a stroke.
  • Keep cholesterol in check.
  • Diabetics should manage their blood sugar.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Maintain wellness through a good diet and nutrition.

Tips to help patients with pre-diabetes avoid type 2 diabetes were shared by AANP member Pamela Larocque during a public education event. In addition to patients monitoring their blood sugar levels and talking to their health care providers about concerns, Larocque said that type 2 diabetes “doesn’t have to be inevitable. There are a lot of things they [patients] can do to prevent it [pre-diabetes] from becoming diabetes.” Learn more.

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