Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick participated in a panel discussion and was interviewed today at the World Health Care Congress. This event “brings together global thought leaders and key decision-makers from all sectors of the health care ecosystem to connect, learn, and share best practices in an elite networking forum resulting in an exchange of valuable strategies.”

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are seen as a solution to help meet the growing primary care demand, according to an article published by The Heartland Institute. The article quoted AANP VP of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos, who said, “Nurse practitioners are licensed to provide a higher level of care than what half of the states are willing to allow. What they can provide and what they are able to do legally is what’s driving disparity and inefficiencies in the health care system and putting states in a poor position to address the rising elderly population, the rise in chronic disease, and growing health care costs.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Safiya George, who was recently named Dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. George is a leading scholar in the fields of HIV research, spirituality, religion and health, according to a press release about her new role. George said, “I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to join the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and to serve as dean. I truly look forward to working with everyone, including our phenomenal faculty, staff, students, alumni, advisory board as well as members of the community-at-large. I have a passion for people, holistic health, caring and nursing science and I believe that I can contribute to and further support the impressive initiatives and programs at the college and across the campus.”

AANP member Col. Katrina Lloyd recently made history 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. Coverage of Lloyd’s promotion continued this week. Regarding her motivation to become an NP, Lloyd said, “I think what really pushed me was watching my grandmother take care of my grandfather when he was sick. He didn’t trust the medical community to take proper care of him.” Learn more about Lloyd and her impressive career.

In a special member spotlight, AANP Region 6 Director Capt. James LaVelle Dickens discussed diversity and inclusion in health care—and how we can all be agents of change. Dickens shared ways that other NPs encouraged him along his career path and why he enjoys mentoring others. Read more.

The first NP to practice under new licensure structure in Virginia is AANP member Susan Adamson. In a local news article, Adamson said of the new structure, “It just opens up the future. It won’t change the way that I practice. My care will not change with my patients, but it gives me the ability in the future. If I want to volunteer, say for example there’s a RAM Clinic, a Rural Area Medicine Clinic, I can go and not have to worry about having a practice agreement.”

Congratulations to AANP member Beth Ennis, who was named the 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Award recipient for Nevada. According to a press release from the CDC, “Ennis is currently the only vaccinator in this isolated community of 3,000 residents. The closest general practitioner who vaccinates is two hours away.”

A National Public Radio article about artificial intelligence and its role in health care quoted AANP member Chevelle Parker, who was educating a patient with diabetes about the importance of healthy eating to protect the patient’s vision. Read more.

A special nurses edition of AL DÍA will celebrate the new generation of professional nurses who are enriching diversity in the Philadelphia area. The magazine will feature AANP member Valerie Caraballo on the cover of a weekly printed issue. Read the press release.

AANP member Brittany Coburn was quoted in a local news article about a community health fair. The event was designed to help connect community members with local health-related businesses. Coburn said, “I am hoping that we can make connections — community connections.”

A local newspaper highlighted AANP member Karen Scott in a health spotlight. Scott said, “What I want patients to know they have a voice in health care. Even small changes to their lifestyle can make a difference.” Read more.

A new NP-led clinic at Augusta University will be staffed by AANP member Tranika Brown. According to a press release, Brown said that patients might notice positive differences in care provided by the clinic, including NPs being “more in tune with the patient” and caring for the whole patient rather than focusing on one condition.

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