Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Flinter was quoted in an article about a $3.2 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant that will help Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) expand and develop its Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner (NP) Residency Program. “CHC created the model and established the first formal Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program in 2007 to provide new NPs committed to practice careers as primary care providers in complex settings like community health centers with a depth and intensity of training to be successful in this challenging setting,” Flinter said.

“Nurses should always have a voice whenever and wherever health care is a discussion,” according to a Nurse.org article that describes AANP member Dr. Veronica Southerland’s experience speaking to the United Nations. Southerland said, “Once you realize that you have more to add to your profession and that people actually need to hear what you have to say via your experience or research that you’ve completed, it makes a difference. We, as nurses, need to understand our worth. I don’t know if nurses genuinely understand that.”

What’s it like to be the only primary care provider in a small, rural town? At the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis, Dr. Tammy Bartholomew received the 2019 State Excellence Award for Missouri, in part for her full-practice advocacy and collaboration with the school district. She sat down with Florence Health to discuss the pros and cons of being a family care provider in an underserved area. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jennifer Adamski, who is a new board of directors member for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Read the press release.

A member of the first cohort of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program through Florida International University (FIU), AANP member Angelina St. Germain, shared her perspective with FIU News. St. Germain mentioned her mentor, AANP Fellow Dr. Tami Thomas, in the article, and said, “My hope is to investigate effective strategies to improve understanding of the HPV vaccine as a cancer prevention tool, which could increase vaccine uptake, reduce stigma and enhance informed decision-making among rural parents … I have chosen to focus my studies on strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates, particularly among rural middle schoolers.”

Congratulations to AANP members Kelly Spray and Anna Wistrom-Thesing, who were recently recognized along with several other Essentia Health physicians and advanced practice clinicians as being among the top in the nation for patient care. Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Roxanne Phillips, whose quality improvement project on health care provider awareness regarding statin prescribing guidelines received the best poster award at the Society of Vascular Nursing 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. A local news article about the honor indicated that “The poster featured a quality-improvement program on statins for peripheral artery disease using health information technology. Ms. Phillips, a nurse practitioner with Vascular Institute of Chattanooga and DNP student at University of Alabama at Birmingham, determined electronic reminders in a patient’s electronic medical record increased the percentage of patients at VIC who were appropriately treated with statins based on best practice guidelines.”

“Nearly two dozen hospitals and educational institutions from across Long Island each nominated a top nurse for recognition at this year’s Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony in Nesconset,” according to a press release that indicates AANP member Dr. Justin Waryold was recently recognized as the top nurse on Long Island. Congratulations Dr. Waryold!

Summer is prime time for insect bites, stings and poison ivy, according to a local news article that quotes AANP member Linda Moghalu. Several over the counter remedies were shared by Moghalu, who said, “You can put some antibiotic ointment on there and a Band-Aid and that’s really all you need to do. Some common remedies that people use are urine and meat tenderizers and those are typically not effective.”

Tips to stay safe in the summer heat were shared by AANP member Kim Glasgow on a local news station. Glasgow shared a number of ways to protect your skin from the sun and exposure to summer weather.

AANP member Lily Limon wrote an article about fitness and heat-related illness that was published by Grand Canyon University. Stay cool, keep hydrated, be informed and know who is a high risk were among the tips Limon shared.

Sunscreen related tips were provided by AANP member Rachel Talbot in a local news report. “What we worry about are skin cancers,” Talbot said. “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime in their lifetime and over the age of 65 skin cancer actually becomes to most common cancer that people end up getting.”

July is Ultraviolet Safety Month, and AANP member Faith Schiltz shared tips for protecting your skin with KIWA Radio News. Wearing sunscreen daily was one of Schiltz’s recommendations.

What is a nurse practitioner? AANP member Rand Pennington wrote an article about the NP role that was published by The-Dispatch.com. Pennington wrote, “I became a nurse practitioner for many reasons. I enjoyed patient interactions but wanted to know more and build off my foundation as a registered nurse. Becoming an advanced practice nurse allowed me to learn more about disease management and gave me the ability to offer treatment for patients.”

An article about a patient with diabetes who underwent a pancreas transplant quoted AANP member Dr. Catherine Coyle, who recommended the transplant to the patient. “She had always been diligent about her self-care, which made her an excellent candidate for transplant,” Dr. Coyle said. The patient reports that her health has dramatically improved post-transplant.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are one solution to the opioid crisis that has been inexplicably ignored, according to a TIME article written by AANP CEO David Hebert and Tommy Thompson, who formerly served as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Governor of Wisconsin. “Empowering NPs to treat substance use disorder—and removing unnecessary restrictions at the state level—can go a long way in liberating American patients,” Hebert and Thompson wrote.

Substandard wound care can create legal risks, according to a Nurse.com article that quoted AANP member Linda Farmer“Remaining current on the latest wound care practices via continuing education (CE), literature review, following and participating in research, and practicing excellent wound-care specific documentation is essential,” Farmer said. “Wounds should be measured and progress recorded in an organized manner for the duration of the treatment and a plan of care delineated so you can know if the patient’s healing is progressing, and if it’s not, what’s next.” Visit the AANP CE Center for activities that are free to AANP members, and save the date for upcoming AANP conferences to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities.  

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Charon Pearson, who will receive the Loretta Ford Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in July.

AANP member Theresa Mallick-Searle told readers of Practical Pain Management how they can contribute to clinical research. According to Mallick-Searle, “There are many ways to get involved with clinical research while still maintaining your day job.” AANP members may also be interested in these research opportunities.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Safiya George, who will serve as Dean of the Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing. “I truly look forward to working with everyone, including our phenomenal faculty, staff, students, alumni, advisory board as well as members of the community at large,” George said in an FAU statement. “I have a passion for people, holistic health, caring and nursing science and I believe that I can contribute to and further support the impressive initiatives and programs at the college and across the campus.” Learn more.

Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was quoted by Medscape Medical News in an article about MedPAC’s proposal to end “incident-to” billing by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants. AANP applauds the MedPAC proposal, and Knestrick said, “We urge Congress to act on this recommendation as soon as possible.”

Knestrick also wrote the following timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

Leading up to the national conference, National Public Radio (NPR) quoted Knestrick, who encouraged NPs to receive training on Medication Assisted Treatment (MATs) at the 2019 AANP National Conference. Knestrick indicated that some states, including Indiana, still require NPs to have an agreement with a physician to be able to prescribe. “So it really makes it complicated and really limits access to care,” Knestrick said. “We want to remove those barriers to allow nurse practitioners, regardless of where they live, to be able to help fight this epidemic.” The story also ran on Indiana Public Radio.

A local news station in Indianapolis reported on the important role NPs play in fighting the opioid epidemic by prescribing MATs to patients with substance use disorder (SUD). The article quoted AANP member Julie Denton, who said that MATs can help patients whose brains may have been altered by opioid use overcome SUD.

Florence Health covered the 2019 AANP National Conference in Indianapolis and published the following articles.

Read Clinical Advisor’s coverage from the 2019 AANP National Conference, including the following articles.

A local news article about AANP member Haley Becker highlighted her work to improve the health of women in her hometown. According to the article, Becker said that “the overall state of health care for women, including the lack of local providers, is what drove her to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.”

Oncology fellowships prepare nurses to take on multiple roles, according to an Oncology Nursing News article that quoted AANP member Dr. Ana Adriazola. After participating in a fellowship, Adriazola said, “I’ve had the opportunity to see how departments such as palliative care and psychology work as part of a multidisciplinary team in cancer care. I’ve also learned about the policy side of oncology by attending a national oncology conference and authoring an academic manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.”

“Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors,” according to a local news interview with AANP member Maureen Beck. Fatal incidents from falls have recently increased three-fold among seniors, so Beck encouraged seniors to talk to their NP to have their medication lists reviewed, practice home safety and determine if they are eligible for physical therapy. Learn more about the increase in falls and Beck’s recommendations to help keep seniors safe.

AANP member Dr. Denis Tarrant wrote an article about the cost-effectiveness of in-home visits that was published by Medpage Today. Tarrant wrote, “…nurse practitioners are providing more primary care home visits than physicians. A study of Medicare claims data from 2012-2013 showed nurse practitioners providing more medical home visits across a broader geographical area (Yao, et al., 2016). By shifting our focus on where our patients need the care most, we can continue to offer greater access to this high cost, highly complex population, while reducing cost and preserving the Medicare trust fund.”

Congratulations to 37 AANP members, including 24 AANP Fellows, who are among the 231 nurse leaders to be honored as new American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows in October. AANP Fellows are listed below, followed by other AANP members.

  • Michael H. Ackerman, DNS, RN, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP
  • Christopher W. Blackwell, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Margaret T. Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Susan Bragg Leight, EdD, RN, APRN-BC, FNP-C, FAANP
  • Rasheeta Chandler-Coley, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Anecita P. Fadol, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, RN APRN, FAANP
  • Sherry A. Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAANP
  • Debra J. Hain, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FNKF
  • Donna M. Hallas, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP
  • Deborah L. Hopla, DNP, APRN-BC, FAANP
  • April Nicole Kapu, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN — Region 4 Director for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Susan A. Kelly-Weeder, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP — Immediate Past President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Jeffrey J. Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, FAANP
  • Colleen A. Leners, DNP, APRN, FAANP — Chairperson of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Nomination Council
  • Catherine Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CRNP, CWOCN, FAANP
  • Karen S. Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAANP
  • Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Nancy Tkacz Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, CBN, FAANP
  • Linda J. Washington-Brown, PhD, EJD, MSN, APRN-C, FAANP
  • Susan Webber Buchholz, PhD, RN, NP, FAANP
  • Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

 

  • Rhigel Alforque Tan, DNP, RN, APRN, GNP, ANP, PMHNP
  • Carmen Paula Alvarez, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CRNP, CNM
  • Kathleen D. Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, FNAP
  • Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia, DNP, ANP-BC
  • Kathryn M. Daniel, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, GS-C, AGSF
  • Diana M. Drake, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP
  • Beth Faiman, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, AOCN
  • Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, RN, NP
  • Michele Grigaitis-Reyes, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN
  • William J. Lorman, PhD, JD, MSN, RN, CRNP
  • JoEllen Schimmels, DNP, RN, PMHNP
  • Dorothy Wholihan, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN
  • Clareen A. Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP, ACHPN

A Johns Hopkins article about the new AAN Fellows highlights AANP Fellows Dr. Catherine Ling and Dr. Kimberly McIltrot, as well as AANP member Dr. Carmen Alvarez. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, who is the recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children. Learn more.

Orthopedic NP and AANP member Eric Willoughby recently educated local Rotary Club members about risk factors and effects of osteoporosis in men and women as well as bone density screenings. Read the press release.

A local newspaper highlighted AANP member Priscilla de Anda, her career in nursing and her path to becoming an NP. Learn more.

AANP member Joyce Johnson was quoted in a local news article about a new mobile app that can help patients combat substance use disorder. “It provides evidence-based education that is easy to understand and relevant to what’s happening as they move through the stages of recovery,” Johnson said. “It gives my patients another avenue to create a sober community and to interact with their healthcare and recovery team in a way that is easy and more in tune with the way we use technology in our daily lives.”

Congratulations to the following AANP members who recently received prestigious awards from the Emergency Nurses Association. Read the press release.

  • Nycole Oliver — Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award
  • Vicki Patrick — Nursing Competency in Aging Award
  • Christine Gisness — Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award

A pancreatic cancer chat is the first of a “Let’s Chat” series, and it will be led by AANP member Tammy Lo. According to a press release about the chat, “Lo has been examining the link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer,” and she will be encouraging those who have a family history of pancreatic cancer or have had diabetes for a year or less to participate in a screening study.

The third annual Choose Wellness Community Health Fair was co-founded by AANP member Jeremy Malin and was recently held to help increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. “The majority of medications I prescribe are for lifestyle-related chronic diseases – hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity,” Malin said in an article about the event. “These diseases, and many others, can be prevented and reversed, but not with medications. Through Choose Wellness, I hope to pass along some of the knowledge that I have received throughout my life of pursuing wellness by showing others how eating a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, managing stress and avoiding risky substances use can lead to longer and happier lives.”

AANP member Rachel Prusak is a member of the House of Representatives in Oregon state and was quoted in an article about the Oregon House approving a cigarette tax bill. According to the article, Prusak said the bill represented a “thoughtful and common sense tool for making sure tobacco use is no longer the leading cause of preventable death in our state.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds.

The Health Wagon, including AANP Fellows Dr. Paula Hill-Collins and Dr. Teresa Gardner, are “organizing two major health outreach events this summer that will bring free medical services to Southwest Virginia, including one with no-cost veterinary services.” Hill-Collins said, “We are blessed and exhilarated to bring these much needed services to our deserving patients.” Read more.

A research proposal submitted by two AANP Fellows has received the Nurse Practitioner History Research Scholar Award from the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry at the University of Virginia. Carolyn Torre and Dr. Kim Curry submitted a pilot proposal to conduct videotaped interviews with early nurse leaders involved in the evolution of the original state scope of practice laws that enable the practice of nurse practitioners. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP North Carolina State Representative Dr. Frank Manole, who was recently selected to serve as the Director of Operations for Avance Care. According to a press release, Manole said, “It is incredibly important that we address the patient in front of us in the best possible way, but too often, we handcuff ourselves by not thinking about the impact and the responsibility we have of shaping our health care system.”

A Huffington Post article by AANP member Nadia Santana explained why she is a health care provider without commercial health insurance. Santana wrote, “As both an uninsured patient and a health care provider, I am in a unique position to view our health care crisis from both sides of the spectrum. Being uninsured is a humbling experience and can provoke a lot of anxiety and fear. There’s always an underlying fear of a huge medical emergency happening, one that I won’t be able to afford. I’ve learned that a lack of insurance not only affects a person’s quality of life, but also affects many of the decisions they make.”

Physicians should not feel threatened by Pennsylvania Senate Bill 25, according to an op-ed written by AANP member Heidi Gibbons. “In Pennsylvania, there is an existing shortage of primary care providers — primarily in underserved rural and urban areas,” wrote Gibbons. “Over half of nurse practitioners are educated to provide primary care. Nurse practitioners are twice as likely as physicians to serve rural communities and nurse practitioners in states with full practice authority are more likely to practice in rural areas compared to those states without it — like Pennsylvania.”

“A new training program in Idaho Falls helps prepare nurses to properly examine sexual assault victims at their clinics,” according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Kara Boll. “We are so fortunate to have nurses in the area who want to take part in this program and were willing to help get it together,” Boll said. The program is the only one west of Dallas in the United States.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Alvin Mena Cantero, who was recognized by the Good Samaritan Foundation as a Silver Award Winner in the 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards. “Through the Excellence in Nursing Awards, the Good Samaritan Foundation encourages others to celebrate and recognize individual nurses who excel in their chosen fields. Nurses are nominated by their peers for their passion, leadership, mentorship, and service to our Texas communities.” Learn more.

Nurse practitioners are not giving up the legislative fight in Florida, according to a recent article that quoted AANP Florida State Representative Arlene Wright. “Modernizing antiquated health care statutes gives patients accessibility and choice,” Wright said. “It also decreases preventable delays in care, especially for the outlying, underserved areas. The cost savings are reflected in the decreased utilization of emergency services for nonemergency health care issues and unnecessary referrals. Ensuring that the population has access to preventative health care services will decrease hospitalization rates and reduce length of stays.”

A news article about ways that local organizations are helping survivors of Hurricane Michael in Florida quoted AANP member Denise Miller. Speaking of a mobile medical clinic that increases patients’ access to health care, Miller said, “We offer medical and dental. We take certain insurances. For people that don’t have insurance we go by a sliding scale base, so depending on your income and how many people are in your household, you could be seen first visit for like $25. After that they decide from there.”

Recently, AANP member Kristin Pratt shared health and immunization information with community members in South Dakota. Of vaccines, Pratt said, “Everything has been tested and proven to be safe and effective.” Pratt blamed social media for spreading misinformation, and she urged people to question their sources of information and challenge what they read. Learn more.

A Men’s Health Week article quoted AANP member Monica Schmucker. Health maintenance is “… a little bit like taking care of your vehicles,” Schmucker said. “You’re going to want to do your preventative maintenance, get your oil changed and make sure the tire pressure is correct — those types of things. I think we all understand that’s so we’re going to make sure to keep our vehicle working properly and prevent much more expensive problems down the road. It’s kind of the same thing.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

“Participation in professional organizations has substantially shaped my career and has provided me with opportunities to not only become a more productive, informed and engaged nurse, but also a more thoughtful and globally-connected individual citizen,” AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi said in an article for George Washington University. Ricciardi, president-elect of Sigma Theta Tau International and past-president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, encouraged readers to join one or more professional organizations. “In my own career,” Ricciardi said, “the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of colleagues on committees or work groups has nudged me to take on new roles and progressively greater responsibility, while also providing me mentorship and support. Nurses represent the largest segment of the health care workforce. As such, nursing organizations play an important role in representing and strengthening the capabilities and value that nurses bring to improving health for individuals, families and communities. Ensure your unique voice is included through active participation as we move our profession forward.”

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the U.S. put elimination status at risk, according to a Pharmacy Times article that quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Koslap-Petraco. Parents make decisions about immunizations on an emotional level, according to the article, and Koslap-Petraco suggested that health care professionals may be able to use that knowledge to help encourage parents to get their children vaccinated. Koslap-Petraco said, “Find something that you can agree about with parents, say something right up front, ‘I know you want the best for your children, and I only want the same,’ and then continue the discussion from there.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Susanne Phillips, who was recently recognized as the Coast Magazine Readers’ Choice Women in Health Care award recipient. In an article about the honor, Phillips said, “Approximately 50 years of research demonstrates we provide high-quality, cost-effective health care equivalent to physicians.”

Those interested in becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) might benefit from reading an article by AANP member Dr. Jolene Cannady, who described how she overcame challenges in her youth to become an NP. Cannady mentioned the key role that a professor played in her life by mentoring and encouraging her. “The sky is the limit in nursing, and it is an amazing career,” said Cannady. “We need people with a passion for caring for others. Come and join me in a profession that will change your life.”

In a local news article about the importance of regular health checkups to prevent and detect colon cancer, AANP member Michelle Deprey said, “Among cancers that affect both men and women, colon cancer is the number two killer, and it is something that we can prevent.” Deprey indicated that although screenings for colon cancer normally begin later in life, “There are some risk factors that people should be aware of that require patients to be screened earlier. So a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, patients that have genetic syndromes that can lead to needing earlier screening.”

A new NP-led clinic founded by AANP member James Lehman was highlighted in a local news report. Lehman discussed the importance of diet and exercise to stay healthy and said, “We want to catch things early and try to make interventions so we don’t have disasters, long-term.”

Temperatures are rising in most parts of the United States, and a local news article about how to cope with the heat featured AANP member Bryan Combs, who encouraged readers to stay hydrated. Start drinking water a day before heat exposure, Combs encouraged. “Keep in mind, it’s not just water. You are doing a lot of work in the morning and you are sweating, you are losing electrolytes. Potassium, that kind of stuff. You want to replace that as best you can,” said Combs.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Please read this special Memorial Day letter to the editor of CentralMaine.com, written by AANP member Peggy Akers, who served in the Vietnam Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. Akers shared heartbreaking memories of her experience helping the severely wounded. The article and its author were then highlighted by CBS News.

“Because patients always come first. In our quest to manage pain, stop hemorrhages, restart hearts, catch babies, comfort children and hold the hands of the dying, we put ourselves last,” AANP member Emily Weston wrote in an article published by KevinMD.com that was written in response to recent comments made by Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh. Read Weston’s account of what it is like to be a nurse.

Red tape delays nurse practitioner (NP) -ordered home care, according to a Campaign for Action article that quoted AANP Vice President of Federal Government Affairs MaryAnne Sapio, AANP Fellow Dr. Sue Mullaney and AANP member Dr. Ron Ordona. According to the article, “The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019, first introduced more than a decade ago would allow NPs, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to certify Medicare patients for home health services.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jennifer Adamski, who was recently elected to serve on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Board of Directors. Learn more about Adamski from Emory University and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote the following timely blogs for 30 Seconds:

At the end of April, Knestrick was interviewed while attending the 2019 World Health Care Congress in Washington D.C. Watch the interview.

In MD Magazine, Knestrick discussed the many ways that NPs can help alleviate the primary care crisis in America and emphasized the need for NPs to bill under their own names. According to Knestrick, it comes down to accountability. “If NPs aren’t able to practice to the fullest extent of their training, they cannot bill under their own names. Extending that scope will hold NPs accountable for their care and could improve the care they provide. ‘We can’t accurately see what everyone’s doing when they’re not billing under their own name,’ she said. ‘It makes it hard to get clear data. [Allowing it] will improve our data about the high-quality care that we give out.'”

Kudos to AANP member Laura Knisley, who recently received the 2019 Ohio Distinguished Health Educator Service Award from the Ohio Public Health Association. “I am proud to be involved in public health,” said Knisley. “I greatly value the opportunities each day to empower my clients to achieve the best quality of life possible.” Learn more.

AANP member Beverly Haliburton was quoted in a local news article about allergies. “Because of the condition and the warmth and the rain of this climate, we have growing plants all year-round unless we have a freeze,” Halliburton said, indicating that there is no time of year when the area experiences a lower incidence of allergies, unless there is a freeze.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Mariea Snell, who was one of ten nurses selected from 300 nominees to be honored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a 2019 Heart of Health Care recipient. Learn more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellows Dr. Loretta Ford and Dr. Doreen Cassarino were quoted in a local news article about National Nurses Week and the role that advanced practice registered nurses play in our health care system. Regarding the creation of the nurse practitioner (NP) role, Ford said,  “It was an opportunity to demonstrate what nurses could do. I certainly didn’t expect to have 270,000 nurse practitioners.” Cassarino added, “Nurse practitioners can help provide safe and effective care to people who need it the most where they need it the most. A lot of people don’t have access to quality health care that they need because of lack of providers.”

Congratulations to AANP Wisconsin State Representative Dr. Tina Bettin, who was named the 2019 Alumnus Honoris by the Clintonville Public School District. According to a press release, “Last October, Bettin was recognized as one of seven Wisconsin Nurses Association Advanced Practice Nurses of the Year. Bettin is also one of four NPs from Wisconsin who are AANP Fellows.

An Oprah Magazine article about five nurses who might save the world featured AANP member Sharon T. Smith. According to the article, “As a hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner, Smith tends to the sickest of the sick. She covers four North Carolina counties in her Honda Fit, visiting people where they live.”

Congratulations to AANP Florida North State Representative Dr. Stacia Hays, who was awarded the 2019 Transplant Nurses Day Award from the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS). Recognition during Transplant Nurses Day and the award are for “contributions to patient care, patient and public education, nursing research, and the profession of nursing.” Learn more.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds:

An Aldia News article featured AANP member Valerie Caraballo, who said that there are several inaccuracies associated with nursing, including gender- and role-related misconceptions. Caraballo said that nurses think critically, and “We are trained to be able to assess a situation and offer a resolution to it working with the doctor, alongside them, not beneath them.”

AANP VP of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos was quoted in the following articles about state health policy:

  • More States Pushing for Autonomy in Scope-of-Practice Battle — Kopanos said, “AANP believes that these requirements are unnecessary for safe practice by nurse practitioners and can impede direct access to patient care. We understand that some state legislators find that this is a political compromise option that they are willing to move forward from. So, the evidence on patient outcomes do not support that there is a difference in quality of care between the two providers.”
  • Nurse Practitioners Seen as Option to Meet Growing Primary Care Demand  — Kopanos told reporters, “Nurse practitioners are licensed to provide a higher level of care than what half of the states are willing to allow. What they can provide and what they are able to do legally is what’s driving disparity and inefficiencies in the health care system and putting states in a poor position to address the rising elderly population, the rise in chronic disease, and growing health care costs.”

It’s National Nurses Week, and an awareness video published by the University of Arizona College of Nursing featured AANP member Rudy Valenzuela and the transformative work he is doing at the border between the United States and Mexico.

A local news piece about dangers associated with sunscreen chemicals quoted AANP member Lisa Ball, who owns an NP-led dermatology practice. Ball encouraged readers to used physical, rather than chemical, sunscreens, and she said, “We do know that a lot of those chemicals could contribute to cancer or maybe reproductive or developmental concerns.”

In rural Missouri, interpreters are key to health care for Congolese refugees, according to an article that quoted AANP member Amanda Wilford. Automated translation services were not as helpful as a human translator, according to Wilford, who said the refugees spoke a different dialect of French than the automated translation service.

AANP members Kellie Creaser, Stephanie Ferris, Taylor Lenz, Crysta Sullivan and Jeff Shideman were among the University of Wyoming doctor of nursing practice (DNP) students who participated in a National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine for the Professional Practitioner program. According to an article about the program, “In all, 24 students, including nine UW nursing students and two instructors, took part in the two-day training that included patient assessment; treating head, spine and chest injuries; as well as responding to weather-related injuries from cold, heat and lightning. Students also received instructions on group leadership skills.”

An article about male nurses quoted AANP member Daniel Arellano, who mentioned the important role that NPs play in rural communities by increasing access to care for patients. Arellano said, “Nursing offers endless growth potential that may be attractive to men seeking a stable career track.” Learn more.

Many nursing professors, like AANP member Beth Farbotnik, also work in the field as practicing nurse practitioners. Farbotnik told reporters, “My love of teaching came from mentoring the nursing students who came to my unit when I was a staff. I was also inspired by my own nursing educators, whom I have the privilege of working with now.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Diane Daddario, who was recently appointed co-chair of the sub-group on Communications of the International Council of Nurses, Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Network (ICN NP/APN) along with Sini Hamalainen of Finland. Daddario said, “This is a great honor serving with other advanced practice nurses from around the world, including several from the United States who serve ​on other committees.” Kudos also to the other AANP members who are currently serving on ICN committees, including Li Gao, Deborah Gray, Elissa Ladd and Andrea Renwanz-Boyle. Learn more in the About NP/APNN —Network Steering Groups section of ICN’s website.

 

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick participated in a panel discussion and was interviewed today at the World Health Care Congress. This event “brings together global thought leaders and key decision-makers from all sectors of the health care ecosystem to connect, learn, and share best practices in an elite networking forum resulting in an exchange of valuable strategies.”

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are seen as a solution to help meet the growing primary care demand, according to an article published by The Heartland Institute. The article quoted AANP VP of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos, who said, “Nurse practitioners are licensed to provide a higher level of care than what half of the states are willing to allow. What they can provide and what they are able to do legally is what’s driving disparity and inefficiencies in the health care system and putting states in a poor position to address the rising elderly population, the rise in chronic disease, and growing health care costs.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Safiya George, who was recently named Dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. George is a leading scholar in the fields of HIV research, spirituality, religion and health, according to a press release about her new role. George said, “I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to join the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and to serve as dean. I truly look forward to working with everyone, including our phenomenal faculty, staff, students, alumni, advisory board as well as members of the community-at-large. I have a passion for people, holistic health, caring and nursing science and I believe that I can contribute to and further support the impressive initiatives and programs at the college and across the campus.”

AANP member Col. Katrina Lloyd recently made history when she was promoted from Lt. Colonel to Colonel. According to a local news report, Lloyd is only the second African American woman to achieve the rank. Coverage of Lloyd’s promotion continued this week. Regarding her motivation to become an NP, Lloyd said, “I think what really pushed me was watching my grandmother take care of my grandfather when he was sick. He didn’t trust the medical community to take proper care of him.” Learn more about Lloyd and her impressive career.

In a special member spotlight, AANP Region 6 Director Capt. James LaVelle Dickens discussed diversity and inclusion in health care—and how we can all be agents of change. Dickens shared ways that other NPs encouraged him along his career path and why he enjoys mentoring others. Read more.

The first NP to practice under new licensure structure in Virginia is AANP member Susan Adamson. In a local news article, Adamson said of the new structure, “It just opens up the future. It won’t change the way that I practice. My care will not change with my patients, but it gives me the ability in the future. If I want to volunteer, say for example there’s a RAM Clinic, a Rural Area Medicine Clinic, I can go and not have to worry about having a practice agreement.”

Congratulations to AANP member Beth Ennis, who was named the 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Award recipient for Nevada. According to a press release from the CDC, “Ennis is currently the only vaccinator in this isolated community of 3,000 residents. The closest general practitioner who vaccinates is two hours away.”

A National Public Radio article about artificial intelligence and its role in health care quoted AANP member Chevelle Parker, who was educating a patient with diabetes about the importance of healthy eating to protect the patient’s vision. Read more.

A special nurses edition of AL DÍA will celebrate the new generation of professional nurses who are enriching diversity in the Philadelphia area. The magazine will feature AANP member Valerie Caraballo on the cover of a weekly printed issue. Read the press release.

AANP member Brittany Coburn was quoted in a local news article about a community health fair. The event was designed to help connect community members with local health-related businesses. Coburn said, “I am hoping that we can make connections — community connections.”

A local newspaper highlighted AANP member Karen Scott in a health spotlight. Scott said, “What I want patients to know they have a voice in health care. Even small changes to their lifestyle can make a difference.” Read more.

A new NP-led clinic at Augusta University will be staffed by AANP member Tranika Brown. According to a press release, Brown said that patients might notice positive differences in care provided by the clinic, including NPs being “more in tune with the patient” and caring for the whole patient rather than focusing on one condition.

Spotlight on NPs

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

It’s no secret that #WeChooseNPs to improve access to care and improve health. Today, AANP is taking that message to New Orleans. AANP CEO David Hebert and AANP President-elect Dr. Sophia Thomas are pictured below addressing attendees of the event.

The University of Kentucky featured AANP Fellow Dr. Janie Health in an article about its college of nursing. According to the article, Heath “… has more than 43 years of acute and critical care nursing experience … has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives.”

AANP Fellows Dr. Janet DuBois (Fellows Chair) and Dr. Jean Aertker (Region 11 Director) were recently featured in a local news interview about efforts to modernize practice laws for NPs and increase access to health care for patients in Florida.

ScienceDaily published an article about a study on ways geospacial information systems (GIS) mapping of opioid overdoses in real time can help inform clinical practice. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and AANP Fellow Dr. Donna Hallas was the lead author. Hallas said, “Traditional and nontraditional health care professionals have a unique opportunity to use visual technologies, such as GIS mapping, to identify hot spots early and then assess, diagnose, and treat those for whom opioid use, overdoses, and deaths are major problems. We recommend collaborations between traditional and nontraditional healthcare providers as a strategy that holds promise for combating the opioid epidemic in local communities.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Capt. Joel Dulaigh, who has been named the 2019 Whitney Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and will speak at the school’s annual Research and Scholarship Day today, April 24. Dulaigh serves as chief of staff to the U.S. Surgeon General. Learn more about Dulaigh and his remarkable career.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs for 30 Seconds, including one to celebrate Minority Health Month and Diversity Month by increasing awareness of what NPs are doing to address minority health issues. Read Minority Health Issues: Four Ways Nurse Practitioners Are Standing Up to Racial Health Disparities and the following selection of blogs:

Congratulations to AANP member Col. Katrina Lloyd, who made history recently when she was promoted from Lt. Colonel to Colonel. According to a local news report, Lloyd is only the second African American woman to achieve the rank.

Palliative care can improve quality of life, according to AANP member Susan Lyons. In a local news article, Lyons explained four common misconceptions about palliative care. Lyons said, “Integrating palliative care earlier in the treatment process has shown to increase life expectancy and the patient’s ability to tolerate the side effects of treatment.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Nycole Oliver, who was recently selected as one of the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s 2019 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40. According to a press release about the award, “Oliver has won numerous awards from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Emergency Nurses Association. She’s had the privilege of traveling the world and speaking to other nurse practitioners at international conferences, as well as writing content for nursing education guidebooks, the release continues.”

An Alzheimer’s educational workshop was recently held to educate people about the disease, its symptoms, how it progresses and what resources are available to Alzheimer’s patients and their families. AANP member Gail Johnson was quoted in an article about the event and said, “Dementia or Alzheimer’s, which is a type of Dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Dementia is something we should all know about because the signs and symptoms can be there long before its diagnosed.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

We are sad to share that former American Academy of Nurse Practitioners President and AANP Fellow Dr. Mona Counts has passed away. Learn more about her amazing life and legacy.

AANP Treasurer Dr. Kathy Wheeler is a Shot@Life Champion. Read more about her work increasing awareness of the importance of vaccines. Wheeler said, “I would love everyone to become a Shot@Life Champion. The process can be done from home through a simple online training session, and from there you can continue to communicate with members of Congress and educate the community.”

Congratulations to AANP President Dr. Joyce M. Knestrick, who received the 2019 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Policy Leader Award. Knestrick was nominated by AANP Fellows Dr. Melody Wilkinson and Dr. Lenore Resick.

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Knestrick was quoted in a Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News article about relationships between nurses and companies in the health care industry.  “AANP is committed to a transparent health care system,” Knestrick said. “We stand ready to work with our members to comply with the Open Payments provisions.”

Knestrick also wrote the following blogs for 30 Seconds:

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. John R. Lunde, who was among 14 nurses who will receive the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in May. According to a press release, “Criteria used to evaluate Circle of Excellence award candidates include relentless promotion of patient-driven excellence; communication skills; true collaboration; effective decision making; meaningful recognition of others; ability to transform thinking, structures and processes; and ability to address challenges and remove barriers to excellent patient care and achieve visible results through leadership.”

“My love of teaching came from mentoring the nursing students who came to my unit when I was a staff nurse,” AANP member Elizabeth Farbotnik told reporters in an article about nurses who combine active service with educational outreach. When Farbotnik was in middle school, she had the opportunity to shadow nurses, and that helped her solidify her decision to become a nurse. Farbotnik said, “I was also inspired by my own nursing educators, whom I have the privilege of working with now.”

Congratulations to several AANP members who were recently elected to serve on the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Board of Directors. AANP Texas South State Rep Dr. Jessica Peck was selected to serve as NAPNAP President-elect, AANP member Dr. Jennifer Sonney will serve as NAPNAP Secretary, AANP Fellow Dr. Teri Woo will be a Member-at-Large and AANP member Dr. Daniel Crawford will serve on the NAPNAP Nominations Committee. Learn more.

AANP member Stephanie Byrer joined a local news show to help viewers combat spring allergies and to offer “some helpful advice on how to tell if you are suffering from allergies or a cold or flu.” Learn more.

An article that touts nurse practitioners (NPs) as the solution to California’s health care provider shortage pictured AANP member Ricky Norwood. The importance of diversity was also discussed in the article, and the authors stressed the need to hire health care providers who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

A professional profile of AANP member Sarah Rogers was published by Florida Today. Rogers told reporters, “When I made the decision to advance my career from being a Registered Nurse to a nurse practitioner, I knew that I wanted to work in primary care, specifically in family medicine. The idea of working with patients of all ages really excited me. As a former pediatric nurse, I have seen firsthand how well primary care can help mold a patient’s health and set them on a path toward overall wellness. I love that I have the ability to form relationships with my patients, which can potentially last for the rest of their lives.”

A local news article about palliative care quoted AANP member Liane Chlus, who helps patients “manage the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to avoid hospitalization.” Chlus said, “We are here to provide you with support for advanced illness management to help you live a better quality of life when you have a chronic or serious illness. That support could mean helping you manage symptoms (nausea, sleep problems, depression/anxiety, pain, loss of appetite, shortness of breath) related to chronic illness and treatments, maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible, or coordinate care …”

AANP member La Wanda Pulley established an nonprofit in 2014 to help improve the economic status, health and lifestyles of people in underserved communities. Now she and her nonprofit have opened a new clinic to care for patients in an underserved area. “And this is just where I find home, this population,” Pulley said in an article about the clinic’s opening.

Many NPs are becoming involved in radiation oncology, and some are working as coinvestigators on quality-of-life studies with radiation oncologists,” AANP member Dr. Dorothy Pierce told Oncology Nursing News in an article about the work that nurses are doing related to radiation therapy research. “Because nurses are at the forefront of patient care, they can help improve practice guidelines.”

Minnesota Attorney General Kieth Ellison recently announced a 15-member task force that will work to lower pharmaceutical drug prices in the state. AANP member Jessica Braun is among the task force members. Read the press release.

Campaign for Action highlighted AANP member Laura Reichhardt in a Nursing Journeys profile. Learn more about Reichhardt’s career path and the lessons she has learned along the way.

AANP CEO David Hebert was recently interviewed by DailyNurse about nurse practitioners and primary care services. “It’s important to remember that primary care can prevent additional health complications for patients, making NPs a vital resource for rural communities. People living in states with laws that reduce or restrict NPs’ scope-of-practice have significantly less access to PCNPs. This finding indicates that such state regulations have played a role in impeding access to primary care. This alone should be cause for concern among policymakers seeking to improve public health.”

According to an article in Dermatology Times, a billing algorithm created and tested by AANP member Dr. Paula Brooks and her physician assistant colleague “improved advanced practice provider (APP)/physician teams’ utilization and efficiency; reduced compliance errors; and increased all providers’ relative value units (RVUs) and collections.” Brooks said, “There were 13 different ways that one could close an encounter in … our electronic medical record (EMR). So, we really wanted to standardize the process for the APPs because they needed to be recognized for the work that they were providing. Many were billing ‘incident to,’ in which they were billing under the physician, which would make the advanced practice provider invisible and the physician would be recognized as the one billing and obtaining the RVUs for the visit.”

AANP member and veteran Navy pilot Jen Kiggans is running for Senate in Virginia. Learn more.

A local news report about the rising costs of insulin quoted AANP member Mary Steward, who said advances made in insulin products are at least partially to blame for cost increases. According to Steward, “We’ve been fortunate in that newer variations and quicker onset formulations have become available, which means it has become easier for the patient to inject and eat immediately and not have to wait, but that’s come with a change in price and a change in cost.”

AANP member Cherrie Cowan was quoted in an article about a community Dash for Diabetes. Cowan said, “Exercise is important for everyone to be healthy, but it’s especially important for people with diabetes to help them control their blood sugar. I’ve been doing diabetic care for 32 years, and this is my event of the year. I love doing this. I love taking care of people with diabetes; it’s very significant to me.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several blogs recently for 30 Seconds.

AANP Fellow Dr. Cindy Cooke also wrote a blog for 30 Seconds. Read Sleep Strategies: Six Daytime Habits to Help You Sleep Better at Night.

In a segment about nursing and the law, Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes Live featured AANP member Joe Flores, who is also an attorney. Learn more about what led Flores to become a lawyer and hear his unique perspective on health care and the law.

The Lancet recently published a study by AANP member Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos on youth at risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). According to the study, “… disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes remain a concern, pointing to inadequate progress in curtailing the epidemic among key populations, such as adolescents and young adults aged 13–29 years.”

AANP member Laurel Short was interviewed by a local news station, and she discussed ways that nurse practitioners (NPs) increase access to health care for patients. Listen to her interview in Segment Two, which begins at the 26:07 mark.

Nurse practitioners hold master’s or doctoral degrees, and have advanced training on patient conditions.  They can perform many of the same functions as medical doctors, but individual states can restrict these health care professionals from exercising a full scope of practice. Today, we learned about the impact that has in certain geographical areas and medical specialties.

Congratulations to AANP Michigan State Representative Dr. Ericka Brunson-Gillespie, who recently received the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners New NP of the Year Award. See more.

A recent study ranked St. Johns County, Florida the healthiest county, and a local news article about those findings quoted AANP member Marla Capes. “A lot of patients eat healthily, there are excellent restaurants with healthy choices and they get exercise and they know what a healthy diet looks like,” said Capes. Frequent exercise by the county’s residents was also cited as a reason for their health.

Veteran and AANP member Shetila Burrell was motivated by the death of her brother to increase access to health care for patients. Burrell has opened a new, NP-led clinic in what was once a busy mall. Burrell told reporters, “I was looking around trying to figure out how can I help this community because when they come to other places that I worked in Baton Rouge or they missed their appointments, they were like, ‘I don’t have a ride, I don’t have this, I don’t have that,’ so me being conveniently here at Cortana Mall makes it very easy for a lot of people not to miss their appointments.”

An article about healthy choices for people with diabetes quoted AANP member Celia Levesque, who discussed kidney damage. Levesque said, “Micro albumin levels above 30 suggest kidney damage. It’s treatable if caught early, but if you wait until these numbers are above 300, the damage has a tendency to be permanent.”