Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Flinter was quoted in an article about a $3.2 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant that will help Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) expand and develop its Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner (NP) Residency Program. “CHC created the model and established the first formal Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program in 2007 to provide new NPs committed to practice careers as primary care providers in complex settings like community health centers with a depth and intensity of training to be successful in this challenging setting,” Flinter said.

“Nurses should always have a voice whenever and wherever health care is a discussion,” according to a article that describes AANP member Dr. Veronica Southerland’s experience speaking to the United Nations. Southerland said, “Once you realize that you have more to add to your profession and that people actually need to hear what you have to say via your experience or research that you’ve completed, it makes a difference. We, as nurses, need to understand our worth. I don’t know if nurses genuinely understand that.”

What’s it like to be the only primary care provider in a small, rural town? At the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis, Dr. Tammy Bartholomew received the 2019 State Excellence Award for Missouri, in part for her full-practice advocacy and collaboration with the school district. She sat down with Florence Health to discuss the pros and cons of being a family care provider in an underserved area. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jennifer Adamski, who is a new board of directors member for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Read the press release.

A member of the first cohort of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program through Florida International University (FIU), AANP member Angelina St. Germain, shared her perspective with FIU News. St. Germain mentioned her mentor, AANP Fellow Dr. Tami Thomas, in the article, and said, “My hope is to investigate effective strategies to improve understanding of the HPV vaccine as a cancer prevention tool, which could increase vaccine uptake, reduce stigma and enhance informed decision-making among rural parents … I have chosen to focus my studies on strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates, particularly among rural middle schoolers.”

Congratulations to AANP members Kelly Spray and Anna Wistrom-Thesing, who were recently recognized along with several other Essentia Health physicians and advanced practice clinicians as being among the top in the nation for patient care. Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Roxanne Phillips, whose quality improvement project on health care provider awareness regarding statin prescribing guidelines received the best poster award at the Society of Vascular Nursing 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. A local news article about the honor indicated that “The poster featured a quality-improvement program on statins for peripheral artery disease using health information technology. Ms. Phillips, a nurse practitioner with Vascular Institute of Chattanooga and DNP student at University of Alabama at Birmingham, determined electronic reminders in a patient’s electronic medical record increased the percentage of patients at VIC who were appropriately treated with statins based on best practice guidelines.”

“Nearly two dozen hospitals and educational institutions from across Long Island each nominated a top nurse for recognition at this year’s Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony in Nesconset,” according to a press release that indicates AANP member Dr. Justin Waryold was recently recognized as the top nurse on Long Island. Congratulations Dr. Waryold!

Summer is prime time for insect bites, stings and poison ivy, according to a local news article that quotes AANP member Linda Moghalu. Several over the counter remedies were shared by Moghalu, who said, “You can put some antibiotic ointment on there and a Band-Aid and that’s really all you need to do. Some common remedies that people use are urine and meat tenderizers and those are typically not effective.”

Tips to stay safe in the summer heat were shared by AANP member Kim Glasgow on a local news station. Glasgow shared a number of ways to protect your skin from the sun and exposure to summer weather.

AANP member Lily Limon wrote an article about fitness and heat-related illness that was published by Grand Canyon University. Stay cool, keep hydrated, be informed and know who is a high risk were among the tips Limon shared.

Sunscreen related tips were provided by AANP member Rachel Talbot in a local news report. “What we worry about are skin cancers,” Talbot said. “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime in their lifetime and over the age of 65 skin cancer actually becomes to most common cancer that people end up getting.”

July is Ultraviolet Safety Month, and AANP member Faith Schiltz shared tips for protecting your skin with KIWA Radio News. Wearing sunscreen daily was one of Schiltz’s recommendations.

What is a nurse practitioner? AANP member Rand Pennington wrote an article about the NP role that was published by Pennington wrote, “I became a nurse practitioner for many reasons. I enjoyed patient interactions but wanted to know more and build off my foundation as a registered nurse. Becoming an advanced practice nurse allowed me to learn more about disease management and gave me the ability to offer treatment for patients.”

An article about a patient with diabetes who underwent a pancreas transplant quoted AANP member Dr. Catherine Coyle, who recommended the transplant to the patient. “She had always been diligent about her self-care, which made her an excellent candidate for transplant,” Dr. Coyle said. The patient reports that her health has dramatically improved post-transplant.

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