Spotlight on NPs

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

In a Diverse Education article about AANP Fellow Dr. Cindy Munro, readers learn of Munro’s remarkable achievements, which include more than 150 publications and several prestigious awards. Munro was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Nursing. Munro said, “To the extent that I have been able to support and encourage their creativity, the success of my students and my colleagues is the best legacy I can have.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carol Thompson, who was recently designated a Master of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM) by the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). According to a press release about the honor, “As the first acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) and the second nurse to be president of SCCM, Thompson has made extraordinary contributes to advance acute care nurse practitioner education, clinical practice and scholarship. Now, Thompson is setting history again as the second nurse with the MCCM designation.”

“A hospice patient shouldn’t have to come out of their home to have a provider actually come and look at them, nor should an elder person, or someone that’s truly, really sick,” AANP member Beverly Carbery told reporters in an article about the opening of her new, rural, NP-led clinic. A nurse for more than a quarter of a century, Carbery became an NP four years ago. Of her approach to health care, Carbery said, “My philosophy is, the patient is the conductor; I’m merely the engineer.”

The desire to increase access to health care inspired AANP member Brad Bigford to start his own house call business, even though he has a current full-time position as a nurse practitioner (NP) at a county jail. Of his mobile health service, Bigford told reporters, “I get to sit down and talk with people and get to know them. People love it. They feel like they actually get heard.”

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a couple of timely blogs for 30 Seconds and We Choose NPs, which is a public awareness campaign developed by AANP.

Congratulations to AANP member Marika Haranis, who was recently appointed the new Chief Clinical Officer for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. According to a press release about the development, “In this role, Ms. Haranis will lead education and research programs and represent HPNA in advocacy efforts.“

AANP member Theresa Simmons was quoted in an article about an NP being added to an ambulance unit in California. Paramedics will evaluate patients on the scene and call the NP if those patients need treatment but do not need to go to the emergency room.

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