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 timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

The Health Wagon, including AANP Fellows Dr. Paula Hill-Collins and Dr. Teresa Gardner, are “organizing two major health outreach events this summer that will bring free medical services to Southwest Virginia, including one with no-cost veterinary services.” Hill-Collins said, “We are blessed and exhilarated to bring these much needed services to our deserving patients.” Read more.

A research proposal submitted by two AANP Fellows has received the Nurse Practitioner History Research Scholar Award from the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry at the University of Virginia. Carolyn Torre and Dr. Kim Curry submitted a pilot proposal to conduct videotaped interviews with early nurse leaders involved in the evolution of the original state scope of practice laws that enable the practice of nurse practitioners. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP North Carolina State Representative Dr. Frank Manole, who was recently selected to serve as the Director of Operations for Avance Care. According to a press release, Manole said, “It is incredibly important that we address the patient in front of us in the best possible way, but too often, we handcuff ourselves by not thinking about the impact and the responsibility we have of shaping our health care system.”

A Huffington Post article by AANP member Nadia Santana explained why she is a health care provider without commercial health insurance. Santana wrote, “As both an uninsured patient and a health care provider, I am in a unique position to view our health care crisis from both sides of the spectrum. Being uninsured is a humbling experience and can provoke a lot of anxiety and fear. There’s always an underlying fear of a huge medical emergency happening, one that I won’t be able to afford. I’ve learned that a lack of insurance not only affects a person’s quality of life, but also affects many of the decisions they make.”

Physicians should not feel threatened by Pennsylvania Senate Bill 25, according to an op-ed written by AANP member Heidi Gibbons. “In Pennsylvania, there is an existing shortage of primary care providers — primarily in underserved rural and urban areas,” wrote Gibbons. “Over half of nurse practitioners are educated to provide primary care. Nurse practitioners are twice as likely as physicians to serve rural communities and nurse practitioners in states with full practice authority are more likely to practice in rural areas compared to those states without it — like Pennsylvania.”

“A new training program in Idaho Falls helps prepare nurses to properly examine sexual assault victims at their clinics,” according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Kara Boll. “We are so fortunate to have nurses in the area who want to take part in this program and were willing to help get it together,” Boll said. The program is the only one west of Dallas in the United States.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recognized by the Good Samaritan Foundation as a Silver Award Winner in the 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards. “Through the Excellence in Nursing Awards, the Good Samaritan Foundation encourages others to celebrate and recognize individual nurses who excel in their chosen fields. Nurses are nominated by their peers for their passion, leadership, mentorship, and service to our Texas communities.” Learn more.

Nurse practitioners are not giving up the legislative fight in Florida, according to a recent article that quoted AANP Florida State Representative Arlene Wright. “Modernizing antiquated health care statutes gives patients accessibility and choice,” Wright said. “It also decreases preventable delays in care, especially for the outlying, underserved areas. The cost savings are reflected in the decreased utilization of emergency services for nonemergency health care issues and unnecessary referrals. Ensuring that the population has access to preventative health care services will decrease hospitalization rates and reduce length of stays.”

A news article about ways that local organizations are helping survivors of Hurricane Michael in Florida quoted AANP member Denise Miller. Speaking of a mobile medical clinic that increases patients’ access to health care, Miller said, “We offer medical and dental. We take certain insurances. For people that don’t have insurance we go by a sliding scale base, so depending on your income and how many people are in your household, you could be seen first visit for like $25. After that they decide from there.”

Recently, AANP member Kristin Pratt shared health and immunization information with community members in South Dakota. Of vaccines, Pratt said, “Everything has been tested and proven to be safe and effective.” Pratt blamed social media for spreading misinformation, and she urged people to question their sources of information and challenge what they read. Learn more.

A Men’s Health Week article quoted AANP member Monica Schmucker. Health maintenance is “… a little bit like taking care of your vehicles,” Schmucker said. “You’re going to want to do your preventative maintenance, get your oil changed and make sure the tire pressure is correct — those types of things. I think we all understand that’s so we’re going to make sure to keep our vehicle working properly and prevent much more expensive problems down the road. It’s kind of the same thing.”

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