Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several blogs recently for 30 Seconds.

AANP Fellow Dr. Cindy Cooke also wrote a blog for 30 Seconds. Read Sleep Strategies: Six Daytime Habits to Help You Sleep Better at Night.

In a segment about nursing and the law, Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes Live featured AANP member Joe Flores, who is also an attorney. Learn more about what led Flores to become a lawyer and hear his unique perspective on health care and the law.

The Lancet recently published a study by AANP member Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos on youth at risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). According to the study, “… disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes remain a concern, pointing to inadequate progress in curtailing the epidemic among key populations, such as adolescents and young adults aged 13–29 years.”

AANP member Laurel Short was interviewed by a local news station, and she discussed ways that nurse practitioners (NPs) increase access to health care for patients. Listen to her interview in Segment Two, which begins at the 26:07 mark.

Nurse practitioners hold master’s or doctoral degrees, and have advanced training on patient conditions.  They can perform many of the same functions as medical doctors, but individual states can restrict these health care professionals from exercising a full scope of practice. Today, we learned about the impact that has in certain geographical areas and medical specialties.

Congratulations to AANP Michigan State Representative Dr. Ericka Brunson-Gillespie, who recently received the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners New NP of the Year Award. See more.

A recent study ranked St. Johns County, Florida the healthiest county, and a local news article about those findings quoted AANP member Marla Capes. “A lot of patients eat healthily, there are excellent restaurants with healthy choices and they get exercise and they know what a healthy diet looks like,” said Capes. Frequent exercise by the county’s residents was also cited as a reason for their health.

Veteran and AANP member Shetila Burrell was motivated by the death of her brother to increase access to health care for patients. Burrell has opened a new, NP-led clinic in what was once a busy mall. Burrell told reporters, “I was looking around trying to figure out how can I help this community because when they come to other places that I worked in Baton Rouge or they missed their appointments, they were like, ‘I don’t have a ride, I don’t have this, I don’t have that,’ so me being conveniently here at Cortana Mall makes it very easy for a lot of people not to miss their appointments.”

An article about healthy choices for people with diabetes quoted AANP member Celia Levesque, who discussed kidney damage. Levesque said, “Micro albumin levels above 30 suggest kidney damage. It’s treatable if caught early, but if you wait until these numbers are above 300, the damage has a tendency to be permanent.”

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