Spotlight on NPs highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.
AANP member Sharon Burgert is featured in the Expanding the Team section of a U.S. News & World Report article that indicated, “A 2018 analysis by UnitedHealth Group found that the number of people living in a county with a primary care shortage would decline from 44 million to fewer than 13 million by using nurse practitioners.” Looking for a no-cost, no-delay solution? States that choose NPs lead the way. #WeChooseNPs
Congratulations to AANP member Tarik S. Khan, who received The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencer of Healthcare Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. According to a press release about the award, “This recognition honors Philadelphia’s leading healthcare professionals who make a difference in their patients’ lives and the collective well-being of the city.” Kahn said, “Growing up, I recognized advocacy as a common trait in nurses through my mom, and I was later attracted to this field that is dedicated to helping make people’s lives better.” Read more. Watch Khan’s acceptance speech.
Newsday quoted AANP member Amy Smith in an article about 20 emergency room nurses who earned their certification as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) in the first class to graduate from the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies’ SANE program. Smith coordinates to SANE program at Hofstra and said, “This program is important for nursing to keep us evolving and growing so we work to the full breadth of our scope of practice. Having SANE nurses in our hospitals benefits all of the diverse communities we serve so that no patient who seeks SANE services needs to be transferred out of our facilities and out of their neighborhoods.”
AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds.
- Vaccines 101: What Immunizations Are and Six Reasons Why They’re Important for Everyone.
- Deciding Whether to Breastfeed? Here Are Six Breastfeeding Facts to Help You Make Up Your Mind.
- Back-to-school Health Checklist: Five Things You Can Do to Start the Year Off Right.
Thomas also wrote Empowering Breastfeeding Women: Six Laws That Protect Moms and Their Babies for Thrive Global.
When you name someone as your health care surrogate, AANP Fellow Douglas Houghton told Advisory Board, “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.” Read this article about the importance of end-of-life directives.
According to a local news article about the opening of AANP member Tristah Romero-Kelly’s new clinic, “Her cousin’s death inspired her to be a nurse. Now she’s helping people by opening a med spa.” Romero-Kelly said, “My theme throughout my nursing career has been to help people and make them feel good. I’ve seen how this can build people’s confidence and I think if you feel good on the outside, you naturally feel good on the inside.”
AANP member Jill Martin will be increasing access to health care for patients in Hilltown, New York, by opening a new NP-led practice after another clinic closed in what may be a medically underserved area. Learn more.
In a local news article about ways to prevent illness as children return to school, AANP member Dora Zamora discussed common communicable diseases and said, “The most important thing is hand-washing. Talk to your kids of all ages about the importance of hand-washing. If they don’t have access to a sink with water, they can use hand sanitizer- it’s proven to be just as effective.”
Alzheimer’s disease is expected to require more state resources in Rhode Island, according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Colin Burns and discussed the role he will play in increasing access to care for patients. Burns will serve as lead NP at the geriatric psychiatry wing that is currently under development at Westerly Hospital. “It’s so great to see so many more local resources starting to grow,” Burns said.