Spotlight on NPs

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

Please read this special Memorial Day letter to the editor of, written by AANP member Peggy Akers, who served in the Vietnam Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. Akers shared heartbreaking memories of her experience helping the severely wounded. The article and its author were then highlighted by CBS News.

“Because patients always come first. In our quest to manage pain, stop hemorrhages, restart hearts, catch babies, comfort children and hold the hands of the dying, we put ourselves last,” AANP member Emily Weston wrote in an article published by that was written in response to recent comments made by Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh. Read Weston’s account of what it is like to be a nurse.

Red tape delays nurse practitioner (NP) -ordered home care, according to a Campaign for Action article that quoted AANP Vice President of Federal Government Affairs MaryAnne Sapio, AANP Fellow Dr. Sue Mullaney and AANP member Dr. Ron Ordona. According to the article, “The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019, first introduced more than a decade ago would allow NPs, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to certify Medicare patients for home health services.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jennifer Adamski, who was recently elected to serve on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Board of Directors. Learn more about Adamski from Emory University and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote the following timely blogs for 30 Seconds:

At the end of April, Knestrick was interviewed while attending the 2019 World Health Care Congress in Washington D.C. Watch the interview.

In MD Magazine, Knestrick discussed the many ways that NPs can help alleviate the primary care crisis in America and emphasized the need for NPs to bill under their own names. According to Knestrick, it comes down to accountability. “If NPs aren’t able to practice to the fullest extent of their training, they cannot bill under their own names. Extending that scope will hold NPs accountable for their care and could improve the care they provide. ‘We can’t accurately see what everyone’s doing when they’re not billing under their own name,’ she said. ‘It makes it hard to get clear data. [Allowing it] will improve our data about the high-quality care that we give out.'”

Kudos to AANP member Laura Knisley, who recently received the 2019 Ohio Distinguished Health Educator Service Award from the Ohio Public Health Association. “I am proud to be involved in public health,” said Knisley. “I greatly value the opportunities each day to empower my clients to achieve the best quality of life possible.” Learn more.

AANP member Beverly Haliburton was quoted in a local news article about allergies. “Because of the condition and the warmth and the rain of this climate, we have growing plants all year-round unless we have a freeze,” Halliburton said, indicating that there is no time of year when the area experiences a lower incidence of allergies, unless there is a freeze.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Mariea Snell, who was one of ten nurses selected from 300 nominees to be honored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a 2019 Heart of Health Care recipient. Learn more.

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