Spotlight on NPs

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

We are sad to share that former American Academy of Nurse Practitioners President and AANP Fellow Dr. Mona Counts has passed away. Learn more about her amazing life and legacy.

AANP Treasurer Dr. Kathy Wheeler is a Shot@Life Champion. Read more about her work increasing awareness of the importance of vaccines. Wheeler said, “I would love everyone to become a Shot@Life Champion. The process can be done from home through a simple online training session, and from there you can continue to communicate with members of Congress and educate the community.”

Congratulations to AANP President Dr. Joyce M. Knestrick, who received the 2019 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Policy Leader Award. Knestrick was nominated by AANP Fellows Dr. Melody Wilkinson and Dr. Lenore Resick.


Knestrick was quoted in a Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News article about relationships between nurses and companies in the health care industry.  “AANP is committed to a transparent health care system,” Knestrick said. “We stand ready to work with our members to comply with the Open Payments provisions.”

Knestrick also wrote the following blogs for 30 Seconds:

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. John R. Lunde, who was among 14 nurses who will receive the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in May. According to a press release, “Criteria used to evaluate Circle of Excellence award candidates include relentless promotion of patient-driven excellence; communication skills; true collaboration; effective decision making; meaningful recognition of others; ability to transform thinking, structures and processes; and ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care and achieve visible results through leadership.”

“My love of teaching came from mentoring the nursing students who came to my unit when I was a staff nurse,” AANP member Elizabeth Farbotnik told reporters in an article about nurses who combine active service with educational outreach. When Farbotnik was in middle school, she had the opportunity to shadow nurses, and that helped her solidify her decision to become a nurse. Farbotnik said, “I was also inspired by my own nursing educators, whom I have the privilege of working with now.”

Congratulations to several AANP members who were recently elected to serve on the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Board of Directors. AANP Texas South State Rep Dr. Jessica Peck was selected to serve as NAPNAP President-elect, AANP member Dr. Jennifer Sonney will serve as NAPNAP Secretary, AANP Fellow Dr. Teri Woo will be a Member-at-Large and AANP member Dr. Daniel Crawford will serve on the NAPNAP Nominations Committee. Learn more.

AANP member Stephanie Byrer joined a local news show to help viewers combat spring allergies and to offer “some helpful advice on how to tell if you are suffering from allergies or a cold or flu.” Learn more.

An article that touts nurse practitioners (NPs) as the solution to California’s health care provider shortage pictured AANP member Ricky Norwood. The importance of diversity was also discussed in the article, and the authors stressed the need to hire health care providers who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

A professional profile of AANP member Sarah Rogers was published by Florida Today. Rogers told reporters, “When I made the decision to advance my career from being a Registered Nurse to a nurse practitioner, I knew that I wanted to work in primary care, specifically in family medicine. The idea of working with patients of all ages really excited me. As a former pediatric nurse, I have seen firsthand how well primary care can help mold a patient’s health and set them on a path toward overall wellness. I love that I have the ability to form relationships with my patients, which can potentially last for the rest of their lives.”

A local news article about palliative care quoted AANP member Liane Chlus, who helps patients “manage the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to avoid hospitalization.” Chlus said, “We are here to provide you with support for advanced illness management to help you live a better quality of life when you have a chronic or serious illness. That support could mean helping you manage symptoms (nausea, sleep problems, depression/anxiety, pain, loss of appetite, shortness of breath) related to chronic illness and treatments, maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible, or coordinate care …”

AANP member La Wanda Pulley established an nonprofit in 2014 to help improve the economic status, health and lifestyles of people in underserved communities. Now she and her nonprofit have opened a new clinic to care for patients in an underserved area. “And this is just where I find home, this population,” Pulley said in an article about the clinic’s opening.

Many NPs are becoming involved in radiation oncology, and some are working as coinvestigators on quality-of-life studies with radiation oncologists,” AANP member Dr. Dorothy Pierce told Oncology Nursing News in an article about the work that nurses are doing related to radiation therapy research. “Because nurses are at the forefront of patient care, they can help improve practice guidelines.”

Minnesota Attorney General Kieth Ellison recently announced a 15-member task force that will work to lower pharmaceutical drug prices in the state. AANP member Jessica Braun is among the task force members. Read the press release.

Campaign for Action highlighted AANP member Laura Reichhardt in a Nursing Journeys profile. Learn more about Reichhardt’s career path and the lessons she has learned along the way.

AANP CEO David Hebert was recently interviewed by DailyNurse about nurse practitioners and primary care services. “It’s important to remember that primary care can prevent additional health complications for patients, making NPs a vital resource for rural communities. People living in states with laws that reduce or restrict NPs’ scope-of-practice have significantly less access to PCNPs. This finding indicates that such state regulations have played a role in impeding access to primary care. This alone should be cause for concern among policymakers seeking to improve public health.”

According to an article in Dermatology Times, a billing algorithm created and tested by AANP member Dr. Paula Brooks and her physician assistant colleague “improved advanced practice provider (APP)/physician teams’ utilization and efficiency; reduced compliance errors; and increased all providers’ relative value units (RVUs) and collections.” Brooks said, “There were 13 different ways that one could close an encounter in … our electronic medical record (EMR). So, we really wanted to standardize the process for the APPs because they needed to be recognized for the work that they were providing. Many were billing ‘incident to,’ in which they were billing under the physician, which would make the advanced practice provider invisible and the physician would be recognized as the one billing and obtaining the RVUs for the visit.”

AANP member and veteran Navy pilot Jen Kiggans is running for Senate in Virginia. Learn more.

A local news report about the rising costs of insulin quoted AANP member Mary Steward, who said advances made in insulin products are at least partially to blame for cost increases. According to Steward, “We’ve been fortunate in that newer variations and quicker onset formulations have become available, which means it has become easier for the patient to inject and eat immediately and not have to wait, but that’s come with a change in price and a change in cost.”

AANP member Cherrie Cowan was quoted in an article about a community Dash for Diabetes. Cowan said, “Exercise is important for everyone to be healthy, but it’s especially important for people with diabetes to help them control their blood sugar. I’ve been doing diabetic care for 32 years, and this is my event of the year. I love doing this. I love taking care of people with diabetes; it’s very significant to me.”

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