Spotlight on NPs

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

A Shot@Life Champion training was held last weekend at the AANP Region 4 and 8 Leaders Meeting. Thirteen new champions participated! Below are several pictures from the event.

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AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas wrote the following blogs recently for 30 Seconds.

AANP South Florida State Representative Dr. Arlene Wright was recently quoted in a local news story about access to mental health care for people in Florida. Wright stressed the importance of asking patients about their mental health and said things are moving in a positive direction due to increased awareness of the need for treatment, “ … because before there was so much of a stigma, so now at least that we are bringing it to the forefront, and people don’t feel ashamed to answer those questions.”

Jessica Wilson, an AANP member, recently started a therapy group for people with schizophrenia. “Out of all the illnesses I treat, that has to be the most debilitating,” Wilson said in a local news report about the group’s formation. “When someone least expects it and they’re the most healthy they are in their life and suddenly it’s all, like taken away from them,” she said.

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, who is pictured below, 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.

Greg Lind

A Chamber Business News article about nurse practitioners (NPs) being the highest paid, most popular job in Arizona referenced AANP and quoted AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick. AANP’s research indicates that “While NPs on average have practiced for 10 years, over a third (42.2 percent) have been in practice for five years or less. More than 26,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2016-2017, a significant jump from the 23,698 graduates in 2015-2016.”

Congratulations to AANP member Christopher Helms, who recently received the Nurse Practitioner of the Year award from the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. Read the press release.

DailyNurse published an article on guiding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients from diagnosis to treatment, which featured AANP member Melissa Rubio. To ensure that patients with COPD have the best course of action, Rubio said, treatment plans should be tailored to each patient. According to Rubio, “Every patient is different, and treatments will vary for each patient with COPD — depending on the severity of the disease and other factors, including age, fitness level or medical history. That’s why it’s critical to create an environment where patients are comfortable being completely honest about how they’re feeling both physically and mentally.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sheryl Sandahl, the new dean of the College of St. Scholastica’s School of Nursing. Sandahl previously served as the interim dean and has been a member of the St. Scholastica faculty for 17 years. Learn more.

AANP member Beth Kaplan was pictured and quoted in an article about the difficulty that Medicaid and Medicare patients have obtaining specialty care. Kaplan indicated that it took several months for her to help one patient find a dermatologist, and the one she found was 40 miles away. “That’s a little ridiculous, in my opinion,” said Kaplan. “Unfortunately, there really (was) no one to send (him) to in Greenwich” who would take his insurance.  (Subscription required.)


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