Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Region 11 Director Dr. Tracy Klein, who was recently inducted into the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Hall of Fame. In an article about the award, Klein said, “I was able to see nurse practitioners successfully expand their prescriptive authority to include a range of controlled substances and the removal of a restrictive formulary. I also implemented a number of legislative accomplishments including having nurse practitioners be able to sign and authorize most services for their patients, such as death certificates.” Klein added, “Oregon was the first and still is the only state to have payment parity for nurse practitioners, and I helped develop and implement that legislative achievement.”

Watch AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi discuss silent killers in a recent Armstrong Williams panel discussion for the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Regarding modifiable conditions that affect health, Ricciardi explained, his universal prescription includes “reducing your tobacco intake …, having a healthy diet, exercising, minimizing your stress, finding your purpose in life to help drive what makes you feel good and how you can help your environment, but those only get you so far.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Kathleen Schachman presented High-Tech, High-Touch Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in Rural Michigan to a local audience in order to raise awareness of substance use disorder and the work Saginaw Valley State University is doing to address it, thanks to a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health’s Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will help prepare 100 nurse practitioners (NPs) to “… combat the opioid epidemic — and other mental health care conditions — in those rural communities.” Learn more.

Watch AANP Fellow Dr. Wendy Wright discuss How to Treat Binge Eating Disorder on during the Advanced Practice Collaborative. According to Wright, “We know that there are two neurotransmitters that are really believed to be involved in people with binge eating disorder and that is norepinephrine and dopamine. So, once we’ve identified it, certainly non-pharmacological treatments are essential. They need good education on diet, on exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy. Working with someone who is really interested in helping people with eating disorders is really essential.”

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

Registration is required to access the following Pain Medicine News (PMN) interviews with Thomas. In Treating With Opioids and With Opioid Use Disorder, Thomas said, “… nurse practitioners (NPs) are fully trained to treat chronic pain with opioids or without, or treating the repercussions of opioid use.” In earlier interviews for PMN, Thomas explained that NPs are already on the front lines of pain management and discussed pain treatment in primary care.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Imelda Reyes, who will be the new Treasurer for the United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia; AANP member Dr. Desiree Clement, who will be their new Director-at-Large; and AANP member Ashley Blackmon, who will serve as their new Vice President. Learn more.

AANP New York North State Representative Dr. Laura Markwick represented AANP at the annual Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State’s conference October 18-19. Markwick is pictured below.


AANP Fellow Dr. Adele Caruso wrote an article published by Urology Times, urging advanced practice providers to make advocacy part of their personal lives. According to Caruso, “Nurse practitioners and physician assistants have health policy initiatives, and being familiar with these initiatives is imperative when called upon to articulate these agendas. Become familiar with current legislative objectives both regionally and nationally. If you are not already a member, join your professional association.”

AANP Florida South State Representative Dr. Arlene Wright and AANP Fellow Dr. Jean Aertker are pictured below representing AANP at the Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County Annual Conference.

Arlene Wright

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently received a four-year, $1.67 million federal grant to fund a residency program for NPs and increase access to health care in rural areas, according to a local news article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. LeAnn Holmes. “This is geared for the medically underserved, the socially underserved and rural populations. That’s really where we see the shortage, so that’s what this residency is geared towards,” Holmes said.

In preparation for her retirement, AANP Fellow Dr. Lucy Marion is reflecting on her career as the longest-serving dean in the history of Augusta University’s College of Nursing. According to a press release, “Marion … plans to serve on a national task force to revise standards for nurse practitioner education and will continue to advise some students.”

AANP members Charlotte Stephenson and Dena Kamman-Rasche shared their breast cancer survival stories with readers of a local newspaper. According to Stephenson, there are many types of breast cancer, “…each with many treatment options. And, despite popular assumption, it doesn’t only affect older women. Women under 40 can get the disease. So can men.”

After being diagnosed with colon cancer and given two years to live, AANP member Elizabeth Love went back to school to become an NP. During the past five years, Love has served as a missionary, and her cancer has been “held in check.” “I keep in the moment, in the day, and I try to live for today as best as I can,” Love said. Read her inspirational story.

AANP member Jani Lerback is an AANP member who has battled cancer twice. Shortly before she turned 70, Lerback graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. “I am blessed every day and I’m especially blessed now as I look forward to getting a job as a nurse practitioner and going out every day and taking care of people,” Lerback said. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Tracey Graham who was profiled by the Colorado Real Estate Journal because of her new role as a senior health care consultant for Hord Coplan Macht. According to the press release, “As a former operational and clinical strategist, advanced clinician and prior hospital and health system administrator, Graham appreciates the operational and safety needs, infrastructure, digital and technology demands required to provide effective and efficient care, as well as the academic environment’s requirements for interprofessional collaboration and practice.”

Sarah Aiken, an NP and AANP member, was a nursing student when she was tested to see if she might be a match to donate bone marrow. In 2012, Aiken found out she was a match and donated bone marrow to a six-year-old girl. Aiken was recently married and had the opportunity to meet the bone marrow recipient at Aiken’s wedding. “When I saw her holding my ribbon bouquet we both started crying,” Aiken said. “I ran over and hugged her. It was the most amazing moment of my life.” Learn more.

NPs hold a wide variety of professional roles. For example, AANP member Caroline Mullen Gerughty is an occupational health NP for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). According to an article by Purdue University, patient education is only part of what Mullen Gerughty does for NASA —“Her job includes reviewing electronic medical records, electrocardiograms, audiograms, spirometry and vision testing, as well as completing health and occupational histories and physical examinations.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alicia Fields, who was the first NP in Indiana to successfully complete a certificate in endocrinology program from Duke University. According to a press release about the achievement, “The endocrinology specialty offers nurse practitioners the opportunity to have advanced training in the care of individuals with diabetes and other endocrine conditions.”

AANP member, Dr. Debra Kosko, serves as Chair of the North Carolina Immunization Coalition. As an interprofessional education and practice advocate, she has brought together stakeholders from around North Carolina to improve immunization uptake. Since becoming Chair, she has doubled membership in the coalition and was highlighted on Spectrum TV to promote National Immunization Month. “As a nurse practitioner, I know it takes all healthcare providers, stakeholders and the community coming to the table in order to improve the health of our population”.

Congratulations to AANP member Jessica Wilson, who recently received the Texas Nurse Practitioners Community Impact Award. Visit YouTube to watch a local news report about Wilson and her work.

A Stop The Stigma forum in Montana focused on the neuroscience of addiction. An article about the forum quoted AANP member Shelley Andrus, who presented at the event. According to Andrus, “The whole idea to stop the stigma on how addictive disorders are viewed, one of the main ways is through education. And that we can help people walk away and tell others this is what’s really going on in the brain this isn’t willful misconduct or moral failing.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and AANP member Ellen Spinner was mentioned in a local news report about a patient she referred for breast cancer treatment. The patient reports being thankful for her journey and her current cancer-free status. Please join us in wishing them both the best.

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.)


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.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas discussed the importance of full practice authority laws with and said, “At a time when America faces such serious health challenges such as the opioid crisis, ongoing physician shortages and lack of access to primary care services, it’s hard to justify keeping these outdated laws in place.”

Thomas also wrote an op-ed published by Route Fifty on ways that nurse practitioners (NPs) can help address the opioid epidemic by completing training, provided by various organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and applying for a Drug Enforcement Administration waiver to provide medication-assisted treatments (MATs).

In a press release about AANP reaching the 100,000 member milestone, Thomas said, “AANP has seen its membership grow alongside the health care industry and the public’s embrace of NPs as highly skilled clinicians who provide primary, specialty and acute care to millions of patients across the country. The faith that patients have in the services provided by NPs is evidenced by the more than one billion visits made to NPs annually.”

“The Health Wagon in Wise County has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the United Health Foundation, allowing the clinic to provide more specialty and diagnostic treatment to patients in six Southwest Virginia counties,” according to a recent press release. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill, of the Health Wagon. “It’s really one of the most awesome things that has ever happened to the Health Wagon. It’s a gamechanger for us,” Tyson said.

AANP North Florida State Representative Dr. Stacia Hays recently traveled to Brazil, where she was a keynote speaker for a conference celebrating of 15 years of advanced nursing practice in the country. The focus was on moving toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and included discussions on innovative learning methods, including online learning, the role of the advanced practice nurse in the U.S. and its impact on care. Hays is pictured below second from the left with the directors of one of only two DNP programs in Brazil.

DNP Directors

Thank you to AANP North Texas State Representative Dr. Shelagh Larson and AANP South Texas State Representative Dr. Anna Jessup, who represented AANP at its exhibitor booth during the Texas Nurse Practitioner (TNP) in Austin last weekend. Congratulations to AANP member Jessica Wilson, who received the TNP Community Impact Award. Larson (right) and Jessup (left) are pictured below.

Jessup and Larson at TNP 2019

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie J. Fuller, who serves as board president for the Maine State Board of Nursing, and was recently re-elected Area IV Director for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). According to a press release, Fuller previously served in a variety of leadership capacities.

A new study by AANP Fellow Dr. Michele Litchman on using projective exercises to identify patient perspectives of living with comorbid type 2 diabetes and asthma indicated that “Projective exercises are one way to elicit feelings about living with chronic conditions. Healthcare providers can improve support for patients with more than one health condition by providing education on how to manage comorbid conditions.” Read more. Litchman was also quoted in a local news article about the high price of insulin. “This is something I call the debt or death dilemma,” Litchman said.

ABC News interviewed AANP member Amy Smith about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at Hofstra University. NPs who have completed the SANE program may be in greater demand in the future. Smith said, “As people are being educated about their rights, they’re coming forward more now. We don’t want to limit where patients can go. Any emergency department should be able to care for you.”

Tips for transitioning a juvenile idiopathic arthritis patient to adult care were provided by AANP member Cathy Patty-Resk. “One of the most important things for the adult providers to know is how old was the patient when he or she was diagnosed, what joints were affected at the time of diagnosis, and a general history of their disease and medications used,” Patty-Resk said. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dianne Conrad, who is the recipient of a Fullbright scholarship. According to a press release about the award, Conrad will be working to assess graduate education for advanced practice registered nurses.

After presenting about psoriatic arthritis at the Rheumatology Nurses Society annual meeting in August, AANP member Linda Grinnell-Merrick was interviewed by the Rheumatology Network. Grinnell-Merrick said, “Even a small amount of psoriasis or presentation with prolonged stiffness or joint pain can be a good clue, particularly if it affects a larger joint in a lower extremity. Those are probably the easiest to identify more so than if someone presents with more enthesitis symptoms.”

Congratulations to AANP member Randy Wolfe, who was named Nurse Practitioner of the Year by Rhode Island Monthly. The 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards were awarded to individuals who “truly embody the ‘care’ part of health care.” Read more.

In a local news report, AANP member Dr. Rachel Lessor discussed the importance of intestinal health. “Good gut health is different in every patient. Some people cannot tolerate lactose and other people can’t tolerate wheat, they have gluten allergies,” she said. “What I recommend is someone keeps track of the food diary and logs what they’re eating and how they do with those foods.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Susan Watson, who was among the 2019 Healthcare Heroes named by Utah Business. I have always worked in healthcare, and cannot imagine working in another field,” Watson said. Read more.

The importance of empowering nurses was the subject of an op-ed written by AANP member Dr. Beth DeKoninck. “With the high stress that nurses and nurse practitioners experience as they care for patients who are sicker than ever before, work long hours and experience other challenges in the workplace,” DeKoninck said, “it is imperative that we empower all nurses to be their best. Empowerment through increased education, workplace support, resources and regular feedback results in less burnout and better patient outcomes and lower costs to the health care system — a win for all.”

A local news report about the dangers associated with vaping quoted AANP member Paige Pioppi, who indicated that fun flavors may seem attractive and harmless to teens. “This is really emerging to be a national health crisis,” Pioppi said.

Additional coverage of deaths associated with vaping quoted AANP member Joan Gatte. “Vaping definitely is a major health concern at this point,” Gatte said. “We have been alerted by the Louisiana Department of Health to report suspected cases and that has come about because of the recent outbreaks across the states.”

This October, AANP member Dewana Bobo will host diabetes education classes in her community. Learn more about Dining with Diabetes.

Congratulations to AANP member Jessica Sullivan and Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing, who received a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to prepare NPs with the experience they need to serve in rural or underserved areas. “The idea with that is that they have more exposure to vulnerable populations so that they feel more prepared to care for those populations when they graduate,” Sullivan said in a press release.

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.

Spotlight on NPs

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.

Thomas also wrote Empowering Breastfeeding Women: Six Laws That Protect Moms and Their Babies for Thrive Global.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Gail Sadler, 2019 Florida Nurse Practitioner Network Nurse Practitioner of the Year. See pictures from the award ceremony, and learn more.

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.

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.

Spotlight on NPs

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

In an op-ed published by The Tennessean, AANP Oregon State Representative Dr. Laurel Hallock Koppelman and AANP member Heather Jackson explained how state laws differ and impact care for patients with opioid use disorder in Oregon and Tennessee. “Until Tennessee restrictions are lifted for nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, access to health care is reduced.”

The Daily Progress quoted AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill of the Health Wagon in an article about ways that telehealth is increasing access to care for patients in rural areas. In the Connecting People section of the article, Tyson and Hill explained how telehealth has helped them save patients’ lives. According to the article, “They were the first, and possibly still the only, nurse practitioners to do telecystoscopies, which allow a urologist to look inside a patient’s bladder.” Tyson explained, “What we know is we have really low rates of bladder cancer and high rates of smoking. That does not correlate. If you have high rates of smoking, you should have high rates of bladder cancer.” People were not diagnosed, because although they had symptoms, they were unable to be tested. Telehealth allows patients to obtain necessary testing.

Thrive Global recently interviewed AANP member Elis Salamone about life and leadership lessons learned in the military. Salamone served in the Air Force for more than 25 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. After sharing her experience and insights, Salamone said, “I also want to have a call to action for nursing professionals to be kind, be inclusive and respectful of their fellow team mates no matter how hard life gets. We spend 90% of our lifetime at work, let’s make it as pleasant as possible to improve patient outcomes and decrease burnt out. God knows there’s plenty of work and we need to pay it forward to the next generation of nursing professionals.”

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote two timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

A Huffington Post article on sleep disorder signs quoted AANP member Ellen Wermter, who is a Better Sleep Council spokesperson. Wermter said, “If you have good sleep habits and still feel that your sleep quality is poor, that’s a sign it’s time to make an appointment with a specialist.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Christine Pintz will lead The Nurse Practitioner Technology Enhanced Community Health program at George Washington University (GWU), which will be developed thanks to $2.8 million in grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Learn more from Daily Nurse and from GWU Nursing.

Dr. Jennifer Clifton will present “Primary Care of the Recent Juvenile Assault Victim” at the National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s (NCCH) National Conference in October. Clifton is an AANP member and the organization’s liaison to the NCCHC board of directors. Learn more about the presentation.

Oncology Nursing News quoted AANP member Laura Zitella in an article about understanding chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), treatment and adverse events. The quote was taken from Zitella’s presentation at the Third Annual School of Nursing Oncology at the University of California San Fransisco. Zitella said, “Many of your patients, even those with solid tumors, are at risk for developing leukemia. So, [learning about leukemia] is applicable to [all nurses]. In addition to that, age is one of the biggest risk factors for leukemia. So, you might have a patient who has head and neck cancer but is possibly being treated for their CLL.”

In a local news article about back to school health screenings, AANP member Susan Dock emphasized the importance of annual health screenings. “By establishing a routine, year after year, we can recognize things before they become a problem,” Dock said. “A yearly physical is always smart.”

Another back to school article from a local news station quoted AANP member Tanasha Varino, who encouraged parents to educate themselves about vaccines. “Any disease that a child is not vaccinated against does put them at risk for developing that disease,” said Varino. “Recently there has been an outbreak of MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella in California. I haven’t seen any of this in my personal practice, but it’s definitely a risk.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

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

AANP S. New York State Representative Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco was interviewed by Contemporary Pediatrics about the public health crisis in New York as it relates to skyrocketing measles infection rates. “Honestly, the biggest thing that we need to do is build the trust,” Koslap-Petraco told listeners. “We also need to share the stories of parents whose children have been sickened by this horrible disease … I think my final thoughts are, we pro-vaccine folks can’t be afraid to engage with parents and we need to take the time to speak with them. Always respectfully, always listening to them first, usually the way that I start out the conversation is tell me what you’ve heard and let’s discuss this point by point. Addressing every one of their concerns.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Lovoria Williams, who was recently named Nurse Researcher of the Year by the National Black Nurses Association. According to a press release, “As an active clinician serving the veteran, homeless and nicotine-dependent patients, Williams adeptly integrates student teaching and research into her family nurse practitioner role.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Kathleen Schachman and the Bay Community Health Clinic recently received a $2.8 million federal grant, which will allow Schachman and the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) to train nurse practitioners (NPs) to “combat the pressing health crises of addictions and mental health in some of Michigan’s most under-served communities.” Acording to a local news article, “SVSU will empower a new generation of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to serve on the front lines of patient care. It’s an initiative that could prove transformative to rural communities in Michigan where thousands suffer from the opioid epidemic …” Schachman said, “People are dying. Families and communities are being destroyed. Those in rural areas who are seeking care often have to travel up to 100 miles and wait two or three months to receive addictions treatment. Sadly, many die while they wait. This educational grant will target this significant treatment gap.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Danielle Howa-Pendergrass, who recently received a Citizen of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to the health education and well being of citizens in her community.


A Kansas City camp offers children a fun escape from kidney disease, according to a local news article that quotes AANP member Kathleen Mallett, who volunteers at the camp. “I love seeing the kids just get to be kids,” Mallett said. “They just get to be like other kids like them. It’s pretty hard to be a kid and fit in and this is a good opportunity for them to do that.”

MD Anderson published an article about the important role that advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants play in cancer care. The article quoted AANP member Brandon Sterling. As a newly credentialed APRN on a busy unit, Sterling “was tasked with transferring a post-operative urology patient who had a stroke to a nearby hospital.” Sterling said of the experience, “I was working with the family, case manager, social worker, nursing team, attending physician, insurance company and receiving hospital. I was doing what I needed to do to ensure the whole patient received the care needed as quickly as possible.”

Congratulations to AANP member Codi Rhear, an oncology nurse practitioner (NP) who recently earned the national DAISY Award. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is given annually to nurses and nursing faculty and students for extraordinary care of their patients. “I don’t always get to fix (patients) or cure them. You can’t always do that with cancer,” Rhear said. “But if I can help people live life to the fullest and meet those goals, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.” Learn more.

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) serving primarily black families have more dangerous nurse-to-patient ratios, according to a Florence Health article that references a session presented by AANP member Juliette Blount at the 2019 AANP National Conference. According to the article, “There isn’t a simple or even single way to eliminate racial biases from your own behavior at work. But important first steps to make sure you’re providing equal care are to learn about racial health disparities and to ask questions.”

A local news article about clinical placements for NP students quoted AANP member Sarah Smith, who participated in the program. “It was a very small rural clinic, and I got to see a lot of different issues, which is what interested me in rural work in general and in Monroe Clinic in particular,” Smith said.