Spotlight on NPs

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

In an op-ed published by The Tennessean, AANP Oregon State Representative Dr. Laurel Hallock Koppelman and AANP member Heather Jackson explained how state laws differ and impact care for patients with opioid use disorder in Oregon and Tennessee. “Until Tennessee restrictions are lifted for nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, access to health care is reduced.”

The Daily Progress quoted AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill of the Health Wagon in an article about ways that telehealth is increasing access to care for patients in rural areas. In the Connecting People section of the article, Tyson and Hill explained how telehealth has helped them save patients’ lives. According to the article, “They were the first, and possibly still the only, nurse practitioners to do telecystoscopies, which allow a urologist to look inside a patient’s bladder.” Tyson explained, “What we know is we have really low rates of bladder cancer and high rates of smoking. That does not correlate. If you have high rates of smoking, you should have high rates of bladder cancer.” People were not diagnosed, because although they had symptoms, they were unable to be tested. Telehealth allows patients to obtain necessary testing.

Thrive Global recently interviewed AANP member Elis Salamone about life and leadership lessons learned in the military. Salamone served in the Air Force for more than 25 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. After sharing her experience and insights, Salamone said, “I also want to have a call to action for nursing professionals to be kind, be inclusive and respectful of their fellow team mates no matter how hard life gets. We spend 90% of our lifetime at work, let’s make it as pleasant as possible to improve patient outcomes and decrease burnt out. God knows there’s plenty of work and we need to pay it forward to the next generation of nursing professionals.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote two timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

A Huffington Post article on sleep disorder signs quoted AANP member Ellen Wermter, who is a Better Sleep Council spokesperson. Wermter said, “If you have good sleep habits and still feel that your sleep quality is poor, that’s a sign it’s time to make an appointment with a specialist.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Christine Pintz will lead The Nurse Practitioner Technology Enhanced Community Health program at George Washington University (GWU), which will be developed thanks to $2.8 million in grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Learn more from Daily Nurse and from GWU Nursing.

Dr. Jennifer Clifton will present “Primary Care of the Recent Juvenile Assault Victim” at the National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s (NCCH) National Conference in October. Clifton is an AANP member and the organization’s liaison to the NCCHC board of directors. Learn more about the presentation.

Oncology Nursing News quoted AANP member Laura Zitella in an article about understanding chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), treatment and adverse events. The quote was taken from Zitella’s presentation at the Third Annual School of Nursing Oncology at the University of California San Fransisco. Zitella said, “Many of your patients, even those with solid tumors, are at risk for developing leukemia. So, [learning about leukemia] is applicable to [all nurses]. In addition to that, age is one of the biggest risk factors for leukemia. So, you might have a patient who has head and neck cancer but is possibly being treated for their CLL.”

In a local news article about back to school health screenings, AANP member Susan Dock emphasized the importance of annual health screenings. “By establishing a routine, year after year, we can recognize things before they become a problem,” Dock said. “A yearly physical is always smart.”

Another back to school article from a local news station quoted AANP member Tanasha Varino, who encouraged parents to educate themselves about vaccines. “Any disease that a child is not vaccinated against does put them at risk for developing that disease,” said Varino. “Recently there has been an outbreak of MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella in California. I haven’t seen any of this in my personal practice, but it’s definitely a risk.”

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