Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Brett Snodgrass was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) for an article about the prevalence of pain in the U.S. One in five Americans indicated that pain interferes with their daily lives, and pain relief methods differed depending upon income.

Everyday Health quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Michelle Litchman in an article about the benefits of joining a diabetes online community (DOC). Litchman said, “For a lot of people, having diabetes can be isolating.” The article indicated that “DOCs can help people with diabetes create a support network that understands the day-to-day nuances of diabetes management on a deeper level.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Tom Bush and AANP member Terra Beek were quoted in an article about ways that nurse practitioners are increasing access to care for patients in rural communities. The article indicated that “Nurse practitioners are increasingly providing primary-care services. According to the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, between 1990 and 2013, the nurse-practitioner workforce jumped by almost 500%, compared with 42% growth in the physician workforce.”

AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

Mental health nurse practitioners can increase access to care for patients in need of behavioral health care, according to an article that quoted AANP member Dr. Diane N. Solomon. “Across the nation, the demand for mental health nurses is soaring,” the article indicated. “People like Diane are stepping up to help meet the need in health care systems, clinics, hospitals, primary care settings, public health, and through telemedicine.”

An article about nursing tuition increases quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who justified the increased rates and said, “… our accreditation bodies require a ratio of one faculty to six to eight students.” According to Melnyk, rates had not been increased in five years, “ … so it needed to be done in order to maintain the quality of our programming.”

Tips to beat back-to-school germs and stay healthy were provided by AANP member Darci Portie, and she encouraged people in her community to practice good hand hygiene and take other reasonable precautions to reduce exposure to germs. Read more.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) inducted its 13th group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly last month, according to a recent press release. Congratulations to several AANP members who were among the inductees.

  • Jacqueline Baer, South Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Janeen Dahn, Arizona State Board of Nursing
  • Jimmy Reyes, Iowa Board of Nursing

A new report on lipedema was released by AANP member Dr. Carol Rowsemitt. Read the press release to learn more about lipedema.

Congratulations to AANP member Sara McClear, who was recently named the Director of Clinical Operations for the Lung Health Institute. McClear will “oversee clinical operations across all five of Lung Health Institute’s clinics, ensuring the highest level of patient care,” according to a local news article about her new role.

AANP member Beth DeKoninck wrote an op-ed for a local newspaper that discussed the importance of empowering nurses. According to DeKoninck, “The Institute of Medicine published recommendations in 2010 to transform nursing practice. Their recommendations were that nurses work to the full extent of their education; nurses achieve higher levels of education; and nurses be full partners with physicians in redesigning health care.”

A local news article about the turnover rate for health care providers in Maine quoted AANP member Maureen Harpell.

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