Spotlight on NPs

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

A recent Washington Examiner article about efforts to gain full practice authority in Pennsylvania quoted AANP Vice President of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos, AANP Washington D.C. State Representative Cathy Hampton and AANP member Dr. Adele Caruso, who serves as president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Kopanos used an analogy to describe how current restrictions affect NPs and their ability to care for patients in the state. “It’s like having a driver’s license but then making it illegal for you to drive unless you have a permission slip from someone in your neighborhood,” Kopanos said of the collaborative agreement requirement.

An article by the California Healthcare Foundation indicated that nurse practitioners (NPs) with full practice authority can help expand access to quality health care for patients in rural areas. Practice environments in several states were discussed, and AANP member Karen Zink, who practices in Colorado, was quoted. “The critical issue at stake is access to care for underserved populations living in remote and rural areas as well as urban centers,” Zink said. “There is a significant body of evidence showing that the expansion of nurse practitioners’ practice authority will serve these populations well, especially as health workforce shortages loom large.”

Listen to an interview with AANP Fellow Dr. Michelle Litchman about the rising costs of care for patients with diabetes. According to Litchman, many patients are now forced to choose between basic needs for themselves and their families or the insulin they need to stay healthy.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, who was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) ad hoc Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States. According to a press release about the appointment, “The 17-member committee of experts in the field was convened at the request of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study and provide direction for future public health programs, policy, and research in sexually transmitted diseases (STD) prevention and control.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds titled, Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Provider: How It Can Save You a Lot of Headaches This School Year. Knestrick said, “Having a trusted primary care provider can help keep your family healthy and sane, and NPs are a smart choice for parents on the go!”

In a local news story about NPs, AANP member Billie Madler said, “…Nurse Practitioners are seeing over 1-billion patient visits annually, and so they are filling an incredible need in meeting a demand in the healthcare industry. And that’s really where the whole profession started from, was meeting a need.”

AANP member Lindsey Brough was quoted in a local news article about ways that technology is increasing access to health care for children and helping minimize time away from class for students. Learn more about ways that telehealth is helping students and their parents in Indiana.

A Washington Post article about the importance of end-of-life directives quoted AANP member Douglas Houghton. “The best advanced directive is to name an educated person as your health-care surrogate,” said Houghton. “You need to have a real conversation with that person, and not simply write down a name on a piece of paper that you keep in a filing cabinet.”

The Cincinnati Storytellers Project presented by AANP member Marcy Fitzgerald and four other individuals that were about unexpected adventures that changed their lives. Fitzgerald spoke about ways that a friend encouraged her to embrace unexpected adventures. Learn more.

A local news report about a recent American Heart Association study on vitamin D and cardiovascular disease quoted AANP member Amanda Kallas. “Vitamin D could be checked through a blood test, and it’s as simple as following up with a healthcare provider to obtain an order for that blood test,” Kallas said.

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