Spotlight on NPs

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

It’s no secret that #WeChooseNPs to improve access to care and improve health. Today, AANP is taking that message to New Orleans. AANP CEO David Hebert and AANP President-elect Dr. Sophia Thomas are pictured below addressing attendees of the event.

The University of Kentucky featured AANP Fellow Dr. Janie Health in an article about its college of nursing. According to the article, Heath “… has more than 43 years of acute and critical care nursing experience … has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives.”

AANP Fellows Dr. Janet DuBois (Fellows Chair) and Dr. Jean Aertker (Region 11 Director) were recently featured in a local news interview about efforts to modernize practice laws for NPs and increase access to health care for patients in Florida.

ScienceDaily published an article about a study on ways geospacial information systems (GIS) mapping of opioid overdoses in real time can help inform clinical practice. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and AANP Fellow Dr. Donna Hallas was the lead author. Hallas said, “Traditional and nontraditional health care professionals have a unique opportunity to use visual technologies, such as GIS mapping, to identify hot spots early and then assess, diagnose, and treat those for whom opioid use, overdoses, and deaths are major problems. We recommend collaborations between traditional and nontraditional healthcare providers as a strategy that holds promise for combating the opioid epidemic in local communities.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Capt. Joel Dulaigh, who has been named the 2019 Whitney Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and will speak at the school’s annual Research and Scholarship Day today, April 24. Dulaigh serves as chief of staff to the U.S. Surgeon General. Learn more about Dulaigh and his remarkable career.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds, including one to celebrate Minority Health Month and Diversity Month by increasing awareness of what NPs are doing to address minority health issues. Read Minority Health Issues: Four Ways Nurse Practitioners Are Standing Up to Racial Health Disparities and the following selection of blogs:

Congratulations to AANP member Col. Katrina Lloyd, who made history recently when she was promoted from Lt. Colonel to Colonel. According to a local news report, Lloyd is only the second African American woman to achieve the rank.

Palliative care can improve quality of life, according to AANP member Susan Lyons. In a local news article, Lyons explained four common misconceptions about palliative care. Lyons said, “Integrating palliative care earlier in the treatment process has shown to increase life expectancy and the patient’s ability to tolerate the side effects of treatment.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Nycole Oliver, who was recently selected as one of the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s 2019 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40. According to a press release about the award, “Oliver has won numerous awards from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Emergency Nurses Association. She’s had the privilege of traveling the world and speaking to other nurse practitioners at international conferences, as well as writing content for nursing education guidebooks, the release continues.”

An Alzheimer’s educational workshop was recently held to educate people about the disease, its symptoms, how it progresses and what resources are available to Alzheimer’s patients and their families. AANP member Gail Johnson was quoted in an article about the event and said, “Dementia or Alzheimer’s, which is a type of Dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Dementia is something we should all know about because the signs and symptoms can be there long before its diagnosed.”

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