Spotlight on NPs

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

Last week, a Florida House subcommittee heard a debate on modernizing NP practice laws. During her testimony, AANP Vice President of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos said, “As states are moving forward, they are realizing it’s not going to be one single silver bullet that solves this [access to health care shortage] but it’s really going to be all-of-the-above solutions that are needed. Out of all the solutions that are on the table, rightsizing licensure laws is the only solution that is at no added cost to the state, no delay in the benefit to the consumer and the state, and it is the only solution that has a track record of 40 years of success in other states around the country.” Read more. A video report is available, as is a video of the hearing, with Kopanos’s testimony beginning near the 54 minute mark and running for approximately 45 minutes.

Patients in eastern Kentucky now have a new option for health care, thanks to Morehead State’s Small Business Development Center and AANP member Sara Brown, who owns and operates the new Rural Medical Group clinic. According to an article about the partnership, “Brown had a desire to open a clinic in Eastern Kentucky that would provide quality health care in a friendly, nurturing environment, without significant wait times. She was unsure how to open her own clinic and sought the services of the Morehead State University Small Business Development Center in August 2017.”

Nurse practitioners are the answer to primary care needs, according to an Op-Ed written by AANP Fellow Dr. Joy Elwell. “… what health care provider can lead health care teams to provide high quality cost-effective primary care to all populations across the lifespan,” Elwell asked. “The answer is, the nurse practitioner.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Janice Beitz, who was recently named a fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In a press release about the honor, Beitz said, “The fellowship in the National Academies of Practice will provide an opportunity for me to influence quality patient care for the future. I am honored to be able to influence decisions based on my clinical expertise and scholarship regarding safe, effective patient care.”

By day, he’s an NP; by night, he’s the Bearded Baker. Read an article about AANP member Jason Patterson, and learn how social media inspired him to start a side hustle baking and selling a variety of cinnamon rolls.

Remember the importance of sleep—especially during stressful times, like midterm exams—a local news article advised. The article mentioned AANP member Janice Biddle, who warned readers not to try to catch up on sleep during the weekend, since that can alter a person’s biological clock and make it difficult for them to readjust to their normal sleep schedule.

AANP member Debbie Griffin was featured in a local news article about her status as a certified diabetes educator. According to the article, “Certified diabetes educators possess comprehensive knowledge of, and experience in, diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. They address the stages of diabetes throughout a person’s lifespan and understand all aspects related to managing the disease.”

Congratulations to AANP member Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, who the Mississippi Business Journal recently named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year. Read more.

A new clinic to help people with heart failure transition from the hospital to their homes is receiving positive feedback from its patients, according to an article that quoted AANP member Jennifer Day. “Our role is to help the patient transition home and we provide everything they need from nutrition, exercise, medication, social work and more,” Day said. “Whatever help they need we’re here to provide it.”  A second article about patients served by the clinic also quoted Day. Read their story.

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