Spotlight on NPs

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

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are one solution to the opioid crisis that has been inexplicably ignored, according to a TIME article written by AANP CEO David Hebert and Tommy Thompson, who formerly served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Governor of Wisconsin. “Empowering NPs to treat substance use disorder—and removing unnecessary restrictions at the state level—can go a long way in liberating American patients,” Hebert and Thompson wrote.

Substandard wound care can create legal risks, according to a article that quoted AANP member Linda Farmer“Remaining current on the latest wound care practices via continuing education (CE), literature review, following and participating in research, and practicing excellent wound-care specific documentation is essential,” Farmer said. “Wounds should be measured and progress recorded in an organized manner for the duration of the treatment and a plan of care delineated so you can know if the patient’s healing is progressing, and if it’s not, what’s next.” Visit the AANP CE Center for activities that are free to AANP members, and save the date for upcoming AANP conferences to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities.  

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Charon Pearson, who will receive the Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in July.

AANP member Theresa Mallick-Searle told readers of Practical Pain Management how they can contribute to clinical research. According to Mallick-Searle, “There are many ways to get involved with clinical research while still maintaining your day job.” AANP members may also be interested in these research opportunities.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Safiya George, who will serve as Dean of the Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing. “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,” George said in an FAU statement. “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.” Learn more.

Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was quoted by Medscape Medical News in an article about MedPAC’s proposal to end “incident-to” billing by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants. AANP applauds the MedPAC proposal, and Knestrick said, “We urge Congress to act on this recommendation as soon as possible.”

Knestrick also wrote the following timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

Leading up to the national conference, National Public Radio (NPR) quoted Knestrick, who encouraged NPs to receive training on Medication Assisted Treatment (MATs) at the 2019 AANP National Conference. Knestrick indicated that some states, including Indiana, still require NPs to have an agreement with a physician to be able to prescribe. “So it really makes it complicated and really limits access to care,” Knestrick said. “We want to remove those barriers to allow nurse practitioners, regardless of where they live, to be able to help fight this epidemic.” The story also ran on Indiana Public Radio.

A local news station in Indianapolis reported on the important role NPs play in fighting the opioid epidemic by prescribing MATs to patients with substance use disorder (SUD). The article quoted AANP member Julie Denton, who said that MATs can help patients whose brains may have been altered by opioid use overcome SUD.

Florence Health covered the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis and published the following articles.

Read Clinical Advisor’s coverage from the 2019 AANP National Conference, including the following articles.

A local news article about AANP member Haley Becker highlighted her work to improve the health of women in her hometown. According to the article, Becker said that “the overall state of health care for women, including the lack of local providers, is what drove her to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.”

Oncology fellowships prepare nurses to take on multiple roles, according to an Oncology Nursing News article that quoted AANP member Dr. Ana Adriazola. After participating in a fellowship, Adriazola said, “I’ve had the opportunity to see how departments such as palliative care and psychology work as part of a multidisciplinary team in cancer care. I’ve also learned about the policy side of oncology by attending a national oncology conference and authoring an academic manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.”

“Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors,” according to a local news interview with AANP member Maureen Beck. Fatal incidents from falls have recently increased three-fold among seniors, so Beck encouraged seniors to talk to their NP to have their medication lists reviewed, practice home safety and determine if they are eligible for physical therapy. Learn more about the increase in falls and Beck’s recommendations to help keep seniors safe.

AANP member Dr. Denis Tarrant wrote an article about the cost-effectiveness of in-home visits that was published by Medpage Today. Tarrant wrote, “…nurse practitioners are providing more primary care home visits than physicians. A study of Medicare claims data from 2012-2013 showed nurse practitioners providing more medical home visits across a broader geographical area (Yao, et al., 2016). By shifting our focus on where our patients need the care most, we can continue to offer greater access to this high cost, highly complex population, while reducing cost and preserving the Medicare trust fund.”

Congratulations to 37 AANP members, including 24 AANP Fellows, who are among the 231 nurse leaders to be honored as new American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows in October. AANP Fellows are listed below, followed by other AANP members.

  • Michael H. Ackerman, DNS, RN, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP
  • Christopher W. Blackwell, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Margaret T. Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Susan Bragg Leight, EdD, RN, APRN-BC, FNP-C, FAANP
  • Rasheeta Chandler-Coley, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Anecita P. Fadol, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, RN APRN, FAANP
  • Sherry A. Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAANP
  • Debra J. Hain, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FNKF
  • Donna M. Hallas, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP
  • Deborah L. Hopla, DNP, APRN-BC, FAANP
  • April Nicole Kapu, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN — Region 4 Director for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Susan A. Kelly-Weeder, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP — Immediate Past President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Jeffrey J. Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, FAANP
  • Colleen A. Leners, DNP, APRN, FAANP — Chairperson of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Nomination Council
  • Catherine Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CRNP, CWOCN, FAANP
  • Karen S. Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAANP
  • Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Nancy Tkacz Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, CBN, FAANP
  • Linda J. Washington-Brown, PhD, EJD, MSN, APRN-C, FAANP
  • Susan Webber Buchholz, PhD, RN, NP, FAANP
  • Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP


  • Rhigel Alforque Tan, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP, ANP, PMHNP
  • Carmen Paula Alvarez, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CRNP, CNM
  • Kathleen D. Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, FNAP
  • Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia, DNP, ANP-BC
  • Kathryn M. Daniel, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, GS-C, AGSF
  • Diana M. Drake, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP
  • Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, AOCN
  • Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, RN, NP
  • Michele Grigaitis-Reyes, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN
  • William J. Lorman, PhD, JD, MSN, RN, CRNP
  • JoEllen Schimmels, DNP, RN, PMHNP
  • Dorothy Wholihan, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN
  • Clareen A. Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP, ACHPN

A Johns Hopkins article about the new AAN Fellows highlights AANP Fellows Dr. Catherine Ling and Dr. Kimberly McIltrot, as well as AANP member Dr. Carmen Alvarez. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, who is the recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children. Learn more.

Orthopedic NP and AANP member Eric Willoughby recently educated local Rotary Club members about risk factors and effects of osteoporosis in men and women as well as bone density screenings. Read the press release.

A local newspaper highlighted AANP member Priscilla de Anda, her career in nursing and her path to becoming an NP. Learn more.

AANP member Joyce Johnson was quoted in a local news article about a new mobile app that can help patients combat substance use disorder. “It provides evidence-based education that is easy to understand and relevant to what’s happening as they move through the stages of recovery,” Johnson said. “It gives my patients another avenue to create a sober community and to interact with their healthcare and recovery team in a way that is easy and more in tune with the way we use technology in our daily lives.”

Congratulations to the following AANP members who recently received prestigious awards from the Emergency Nurses Association. Read the press release.

  • Nycole Oliver — Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award
  • Vicki Patrick — Nursing Competency in Aging Award
  • Christine Gisness — Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award

A pancreatic cancer chat is the first of a “Let’s Chat” series, and it will be led by AANP member Tammy Lo. According to a press release about the chat, “Lo has been examining the link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer,” and she will be encouraging those who have a family history of pancreatic cancer or have had diabetes for a year or less to participate in a screening study.

The third annual Choose Wellness Community Health Fair was co-founded by AANP member Jeremy Malin and was recently held to help increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. “The majority of medications I prescribe are for lifestyle-related chronic diseases – hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity,” Malin said in an article about the event. “These diseases, and many others, can be prevented and reversed, but not with medications. Through Choose Wellness, I hope to pass along some of the knowledge that I have received throughout my life of pursuing wellness by showing others how eating a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, managing stress and avoiding risky substances use can lead to longer and happier lives.”

AANP member Rachel Prusak is a member of the House of Representatives in Oregon state and was quoted in an article about the Oregon House approving a cigarette tax bill. According to the article, Prusak said the bill represented a “thoughtful and common sense tool for making sure tobacco use is no longer the leading cause of preventable death in our state.”

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