Spotlight on NPs

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

The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce for Healthy Delta Moms and Babies program recently received approximately $3 million in grant funding to improve health care in underserved and rural populations by preparing doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students to care for patients in the area. AANP Fellow Dr. Bobby Bellflower and AANP member Dr. Laura Reed are among the leaders of the organization. According to a press release about the grant, “A commitment of three years will guarantee DNP students enrolled in the program free tuition, books, and a small stipend.” AANP Fellow Dr. Wendy Likes was quoted in the release.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, who is the recipient of the first annual Yale-New Haven Health Systems’ Diversity Summit All In Award (pictured below). Pomarico-Denino serves as the lead clinician for the Northeast Medical Group’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts and was recognized for her work to educate health care providers and staff on the appropriate and affirming care of the LGBTQIA+ patients.

AANP Region 11 Director Dr. Doreen Cassarino and AANP South Florida State Representative Dr. Arlene Wright represented AANP and exhibited at the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network conference. Cassarino (L) and Wright (R) are pictured below.

cassarino and wright

Tips on ways for parents to tell the difference in back to school jitters or real anxiety were provided by AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas in a blog for Thrive. According to Thomas, “More than 2 million American children have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, but 80 percent of youth with a diagnosable anxiety disorder do not get any treatment. This is especially difficult for kids who develop anxiety early and navigate their entire childhood without adequate support.”

Thomas also wrote the following blogs that were recently published by 30 Seconds.

“Nurse practitioner-led practices are vital parts of our health care system that produce great population health outcomes,” AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk said in a press release about The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Total Health and Wellness Center, which was recently awarded full “Federally-qualified Health Center” status by the Health  Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). “We are so excited about this new status and the support that comes with it that will help us continue to further expand our terrific health care services to help even more families in the East side community live healthier lives,” Melnyk said.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, who was elected to the Texas Association of Rural Health Clinics Board of Directors. Ellis will represent health care providers and Independent Rural Health Clinics on the board. In addition, Ellis is currently serving on the Policy Committee for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics. “This is a great honor to be working to improve the rural health crisis while representing nurse practitioners at the state and federal levels,” Ellis said.

The October 2019 issue of Critical Care Medicine® includes a literature review co-authored by AANP Fellows Dr. Ruth Kleinpell and Corinna Sicoutris, AANP Region 4 Director Dr. April Kapu and others, which is entitled Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Acute and Critical Care: A Concise Review of the Literature and Data 2008–2018. The authors found that a growing number of studies continue to demonstrate the impact that advanced practice providers (APPs) have in both acute and critical care settings. “It is evident from this review,” the authors concluded, “that collectively, NPs and PAs [physician assistants] are essential members of the ICU and acute care teams who can assist in patient care management as well as promote implementation of evidence-based practice and continuity of care.”

A $1 million gift to the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing by the McMurry Foundation honors AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Burman and “aims boost the delivery of psychiatric mental health nursing and integrated care in Wyoming through UW’s undergraduate and graduate programs.” According to a press release about the gift, “Burman’s dedicated contributions and innovations have advanced the practice of nursing and health care in Wyoming and the profession. She has been at the center of revolutionizing the state’s nursing education through the ReNEW program, which creates a statewide nursing curriculum that makes it easier for associate-level nurses to earn bachelor’s degrees and beyond.”

Congratulations to AANP member Anthony Velasco, who recently received the 2019 Stonewall Humanitarian Award for “leading life-changing programs for the LGBTQ+ community and those living with HIV” and “the effort to fulfill the United Nations’ 90-90-90 goal (to get 90% of people with HIV diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on treatment, and 90% of that group virally suppressed).” Learn more.

Nurse practitioner (NP), AANP member and bear chaser, Sara Benson, was featured on the Dr. Magda Podcast, where she discussed “the magic of hospice.” Listen to the podcast.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Amber Carriveau, who received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Association. In a press release about the award, Carriveau said, “The reality of continuing practice in an ever-changing healthcare arena, role models to students the mission and vision of being a professional nurse.”

AANP member Pat Donahue volunteers to remove inmates’ tattoos prior to release so they can have a chance at a fresh start, according to a local news article. “After delivering more than 1,000 babies as a midwife and eight years as a family nurse practitioner, Donahue opened Your Best Skin on Center Street in 2012 offering services including Botox, hydro-facials and tattoo removal.” To date, Donahue has helped 100 inmates undergo tattoo removal.

A special nursing section of the Fall 2019 edition of Mizzou Magazine featured AANP member Gregory Lind as a Healthier Hero. In 2008, Lind started Firefighter Primary Care to screen firefighters for wellness, cancer and cardiovascular (CV) risks. According to Lind, “Firefighters have increased CV events and higher than average cancer diagnoses.” Over the past 10 years, Lind devised a specific screening program to identify early warning signs, modify occupational risks and help firefighters adopt healthier behaviors. Lind indicated that this is Washington state’s first regional fire clinic focusing on the health and safety of firefighters and the only such NP-led clinic in America.

Two new clinics were recently opened by AANP member Siobhan Benham to help patients access care without incurring high insurance costs. “I have had families tell me they have saved $30,000 by stepping out of the insurance world,” Benham said. “I’ve also had people say they feel like they’re paying for a friend and that they look forward to visits when they used to feel fear.” Learn more.

For AANP member Sherry Kropatsch, “people with mental health conditions deserve just as much support and compassion as people with physical health conditions.” To expand access to mental health care and treatment for substance use disorder, Kropatsch recently opened a new clinic. In a local news article, Kropatsch said, “After realizing how underserved our area is for providers willing to prescribe Suboxone, I knew I needed to expand my mental health services by offering this medication-assisted treatment to my community with the opening of Mental Wellness.”

With the help of a colleague, AANP member Charles Yingling “set up a program called the Community Health Immersion Clinical (CHIC), a yearlong, longitudinal experience where students get assigned to a home clinic … and rotate to other service lines, such as oral health, psychiatric-mental health and sports medicine.” According to a press release, through the program, 20 University of Illinois at Chicago Nursing family and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner students will be selected in each year of the four years of the grant and placed at one of the four practice partners.”

One thought on “Spotlight on NPs

  1. Congratulations to all the amazing nurse practitioner. And they’re consistent strive for excellence. I commend all of them are making such a difference for so many. Some nerve practitioners work their day-to-day job not realizing how much value they bring to what they do into the patients that they serve. Congratulations

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