Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Connecticut State Representative Dr. Lynn Rapsilber and AANP Texas South State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck were featured in an NP Week article detailing the nine best things about being a nurse practitioner. “I love working with patients,” Peck said. “Making a positive impact on families is enough to get me back every day. I love that they can come to me with their questions and concerns and that I can offer preventative care and help them have healthier families.” Rapsilber added, “As barriers to full practice authority are removed, there are more opportunities for NPs to own and run their own clinics. The career opportunities for NPs are quickly expanding.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, who is the recipient of the 2019 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Mentor-facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Science Dissemination. The $12,000 grant ($10,000 to applicant, $2,000 stipend to mentor) will support a mentored opportunity to learn about key areas of SUD and SUD treatment strategies through systematic literature review, attendance at conferences and workshops and interaction with leading experts in the field. Dr. Nicholas Gideonse will serve as Hallock-Koppelman’s mentor. Read more.

A National Public Radio (NPR) report about the role that exercise plays in keeping seniors’ hearts healthy featured AANP member Susan Magrath, who is an avid runner and has run almost every day for 45 years. Magrath, who is 74 years of age, described running as addictive and said, “It’s just such a release, just a wonderful release. I ran today and there were little snowflakes coming down, and I was down by the river and it’s just wonderful. And I think it’s become more of a contemplative meditative process for me.” Magrath participated in a recent study, which found that septuagenarians who exercised regularly were more healthy than those who did not, and they had cardiovascular health that was comparable to people who were in their forties.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Beth Haney, pictured below, who was unanimously voted in as Mayor Pro-Tem by the Yorba Linda City Council. Haney was elected to the city council in 2016, and each year, the city council elects the Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor. Haney will serve as Mayor Pro-Tem until Dec. 2019, and then will serve as Mayor. Haney said, “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to serving my community and furthering the NP profession through local and state outreach.”

A new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement about the safety of statins was published Dec. 10 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun. According to a Health Day article about the report, Braun said, “This is a category of medications where it is clear, very clear, what the benefits are.” Braun encouraged patients to talk to their health care providers about medications, and she encouraged clinicians to welcome these discussions with patients and to explain the benefits and risks associated with statins.  Read the AHA press release about the report.

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula E.S. Hill and the Health Wagon, who were among 11 community-based heart health programs that received grants totaling more than $1.16 million from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program for their innovative approaches to help prevent and control heart disease. According to a press release, the Health Wagon’s program “aims to identify individuals with metabolic syndrome, diagnosed as dysmetabolic syndrome x, diabetes mellitus and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and correlate the risk for cardiovascular disease related to these afflictions, ultimately minimizing and preventing the risk of a cardiac event through the use of health education, screening, medication management and evidence-based practices such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Program.”

Health care crisis? There’s an APP for that, wrote AANP member Jarod Smith in an Op-Ed about the need to modernize practice for NPs and other clinicians in Pennsylvania. Smith wrote, “Unfortunately, the current health care environment fails to recognize the value of advanced practice providers (APPs), and this results in underutilization. For our health care system to become not only efficient but also effective, it needs to be intellectually honest concerning the benefits that such providers offer.”

In other Pennsylvania news, AANP member Dr. Catherine Grant also wrote an Op-Ed that was recently published. “I was the very first nurse practitioner (NP) to own a health center in Pennsylvania. I established my office because I saw a huge need in towns and rural areas,” Grant wrote. “I’ve dedicated 25 years of my life to make sure families have access to health care, because it can be a matter of life and death.”

AANP member Lacey Eden was recently featured as a CDC Flu Fighter Partner! Eden created a mobile application called “Best for Baby” in order to help parents track their child’s upcoming developmental milestones and vaccinations. Learn more about how she encourages patients to get their flu shots.

Many diabetics are not taking as much insulin as they need, because it is unaffordable, according to a recent news report that quoted AANP member Sarah Gossett. “It’s really frustrating that my parents can’t take the medication that they need to stay alive just because of a cost,” Gossett said. Even when patients have insurance, insulin can be cost-prohibitive. Gossett said, “… these are people who have worked their entire lives and have an illness that they need a medication for and they can’t take it.”

Congratulations to AANP member Rand Pennington, who recently won a Healthcare Heroes award from the Wilmington Business Journal. Pennington discussed the importance of diabetes education and said, “… we find that patients who are able to manage their diabetes and understand their diabetes tend to take care of themselves better in the long run and are able to prevent long-term complications of diabetes compared to patients who are not self-educated.” Pennington added, “…I think that as long as we kind of always try and look at things from a patient-centric perspective, as long as we keep a patient at the center and continue to do that then you’ll do good work.”

Last week, AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick was quoted in an AANP press release regarding the Trump administration’s recent release of a report entitled Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. Knestrick said, “We are encouraged and agree with the administration’s recommendation that patients suffer when faced with barriers to access resulting from outdated [SOP] laws.” Knestrick was also interviewed by Daily Nurse about the role NPs play in prescribing Medication-assisted Treatments (MATs) and expanding critical access to care for patients in need. AANP has formed a collaborative with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Association of Physician Assistants to provide the 24-hour waiver training for NPs and physician assistants. Visit AANP’s CE Center for more information.

Congratulations to AANP member Greg King, who received a Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) Five-Star Excellence Award for Provider Services and Overall Care. According to a press release, “The five-star award ranks King and the orthopedic practice in the top 10 percent nationally for “excellent” responses in patient satisfaction surveys.”

A wellness studio run by AANP member Lisa Srnka was featured in a Next Pittsburgh article that highlighted four local, holistic wellness treatments. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Nancy Warner, who recently received the Person of the Year Award from the Santa Barbara Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. The award recognizes Warner’s contributions to her community and to the nurse practitioner role.

An article about oral side effects related to fentanyl delivery in head and neck patients quoted AANP member Erin McMenamin and was published by Cancer Network. McMenamin said, “Mucositis is an expected consequence of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the head and neck. Severity depends on the location, dose and type of concurrent chemotherapy. Opioids are generally the treatment of choice, due to the efficacy and the potential for unwanted side effects from other medications.”

After suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, AANP member Jodi Reese is educating others about the dangers associated with carbon monoxide, including brain injuries and long-term health issues. Learn more.

AANP member Jennifer Femino recently explained to readers of the Daily Nurse how you can and why you should help your community prepare for flu season. Her tips also appeared in the Hilltop Monitor during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

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:

A response written by Knestrick to a recent article about the value of NPs to medical practices was published in Medical Economics. Knestrick said, “NPs have been providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs’ abilities to assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans, including prescribing medications, make us neither mid-level nor an extension of our physician colleagues, rather a critical provider of patient-centered care.”

Knestrick was also quoted in an AANP press release regarding the Trump administration’s recent release of a report entitled Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. Knestrick said, “We are encouraged and agree with the administration’s recommendation that patients suffer when faced with barriers to access resulting from outdated [SOP] laws.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Terri Allison and Dr. Rene Love, who received a Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners grant to “study the impact DNP-prepared nurse practitioners have on patient and organizational outcomes.” According to a press release, Allison and Love “will examine how changes in education — specifically, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties recommendations that the DNP degree be the entry into practice for nurse practitioners — affects the growth and distribution of nurse practitioners in the workforce.”

AANP member Mary BenBenek was quoted in a recent article about a new NP-led clinic that was opened by the University of Minnesota to “expand personalized treatment and primary care for the University community.” According to an article about the clinic opening, Benbenek said, “[Our perspective] is based on patient interaction. Yes, we might take a little bit longer with a patient, but we’re trying to listen and hear their story.”

“Partnering with your primary care provider (PCP) will go a long way toward keeping you at your best level of health and avoiding unnecessary visits to the emergency department,” AANP member Michelle Poston wrote in an Op-Ed published by a local paper. Poston explained which clinicians may be PCPs and which health conditions might warrant routine or emergency care.

A new clinic owned by AANP member Rachel Wilson is helping to increase access to health care for patients in Meriden, Kansas. “Instead of becoming a nurse practitioner somewhere else and continuing on with that model of the current health care, I just decided to open up my own practice,” Wilson explained to reporters. Learn more.

“The need for nurses, as well as the variety of job settings available to nurses, translates to strong job opportunity at all levels,” according to a recent article about nursing shortages that quoted AANP member Brooke Caldwell. The article reveals why Caldwell chose to become an NP. “As a supervisor, I was managing nursing, staffing and assisting where I could when nurses were overwhelmed. It was at that point that I felt if nurses had more support from a provider, their job would go a little easier,” Caldwell said. “When I decided to go back to nurse practitioner school, I swore I would be the provider that wouldn’t complain when nurses called me, and I would educate them. I wanted to find a way to make it easier on nurses because they have to do a lot. I also wanted back on the floor with the patients.”

More Maine babies are born exposed to opioids, and hospitals are struggling to treat them, according to a local news report that quoted AANP member Alane O’Connor. “If they try to detox on their own, they get so sick they feel like they are going to die,” said O’Connor. “It’s about getting them stabilized on medication. But counseling is also a big piece in terms of their recovery.”

“Many rural inhabitants, including the elderly and disabled, would rather avoid a visit to the doctor’s office than face an hour (or more) drive to get there,” according to an article about the need to increase access to care in rural areas. The article featured AANP members Dr. Nicole Rouhana and Frances Munroe. “We have great need for more rural nurse practitioners,” Munroe said. “The problem has existed for a while, but now it’s growing. We believe nursing is both a science and an art. There is a way to combine the digital aspects with physical connections to provide the best care for the patient.”

“If you think about a young mom with three kids at home, the last thing you want to do is lug them to the doctor’s office, have them crawling around a dirty floor,” AANP member Tamara Brown told reporters in an article about a house call service in Tempe, Arizona. Brown also indicated that the service is beneficial to patients with limited mobility.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP member Jason Gleason, who was recently recognized on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Senator Steve Daines and designated Montanan of the Week for his work in stroke care as an NP for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to a press release, Gleason “spent 20 years in the Montana Air National Guard, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He regularly speaks to health care providers across the country about stroke prevention and treatment and received the Montana State Department of Health and Human Services Stroke Hero of the Year Award.”

People with chronic diseases like diabetes need to take special precautions during flu season, according to a U.S. News & World Report article by AANP member Edwin Torres. “The best way to stay safe is to get your flu vaccination as soon as possible from your health care provider or local pharmacy,” said Torres. “This is especially important for people with diabetes because they are at high risk of developing serious flu complications. Remember, the flu vaccines are updated each season to keep up with changing viruses.” Read several other things Torres wants people with diabetes to know about the flu.

Kidney failure is one of many complications that can result from improper management of diabetes, according to an article that quoted AANP member Mary Shick, who recently conducted a diabetes education seminar. Shick said, “When you are diabetic, too much or too little sugar can cause damage to other organs. If you manage your sugars, you can live to be 90 with diabetes. This doesn’t have to happen.”

Diabetic foot disease, and the importance of preventing it, was discussed by AANP member Dr. Kristen Marjama in an article for Contemporary Clinic’s Pharmacy Times. According to Marjama, “Not only does diabetic foot disease have an impact clinically and socially, but the economic burden is great. In the United States, medical costs for managing diabetic foot disease range from $9 billion to $13 billion.” Marjama encouraged health care providers to conduct foot exams.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds on diabetes prevention. Read Worried About Your High Blood Sugar? Do These 4 Things to Help Prevent Diabetes!

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Christopher Blackwell, Dr. Mimi Secor and Dr. Wendy Wright and AANP members Dr. Wendy Fletcher, Elvisa Kurtovic and Christina Treppendahl, who recently received 2018 America’s Top Nurse Practitioner Awards from Point of Care Network. A press release about the awards quoted Blackwell, who said, “NPs are invaluable to our healthcare system because they are bridging a major gap in care delivery in both primary and acute settings. NPs, which are all educated at the graduate level, are meeting patient needs across the lifespan, making major impacts in the lives of patients through evidence-based practice.”

Wright also received the Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks (APNO) 2018 William David LaFevers Memorial Lectureship. The Lectureship honors advance practice nurses who embody the ideals demonstrated in the professional and personal life of former AANP Missouri State Representative Dave LaFevers.

Wendy Wright LaFevers Award

Congratulations to AANP Colorado State Representative Dr. Michelle Edwards, who was recently named a 2019 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program Scholar by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Dawn Garzon Maaks currently serves as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and was recently interviewed by regarding adolescent developmental, mental and behavioral health. Garzon Maaks said, “We need to assess for adverse childhood experiences and all children, especially those older than 11, must be screened for anxiety and depression. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 24 years of age and, in some states like Utah, it is the leading cause of death. We lose thousands of children each year to suicide.”

A recent article about epidemic teen suicide rates quoted AANP member Aaron Garcia, who expressed concern about the amount of information that adolescents can access. Garcia said, “I’ve been reading articles that found children are now so fully stimulated (with information) that their brains can’t catch up to what’s going on, so that increases stress, anxiety and depression.”

AANP member Nikki Hunter-Greenaway co-founded the first freestanding breastfeeding clinic in Louisiana. According to a press release, the center was established “to provide accessible and evidence-based lactation support to families in the greater New Orleans area, with a special emphasis on women of color. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black infants are 21 percent less likely to have ever been breast feed than white infants. In addition, one in four infants is exclusively breastfeed by the age of six months old.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Sheri Carson, who recently received the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award from the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. According to an article about the honor, Carson said, “I absolutely love being a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and having the chance to advocate for children, provide quality care for them and their families, and help educate future nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians about pediatric health care.  To receive an award that recognizes my hard work and passion solidifies for me that I chose the right path and that I really am making a difference in the lives of children and their families.”

Are you a people-pleaser? On Good Morning Washington, AANP member Dr. Eileen O’Grady recently discussed the harm people-pleasing can cause and how you can regain control. Watch the discussion.

Eileen Flavin, an AANP member, started Anywhere Urgent Care after she took her son to a traditional Urgent Care and felt that she was charged too much. “Everything was great until I got the bill. It was $660, and because it was so outrageously expensive, I decided to open my own practice as a mobile Urgent Care,” Flavin said. Learn more about Flavin’s experience and her new business.

“Patients needing hospitalization in the hurricane affected Florida Panhandle have fewer options these days,” according to an article that quoted AANP member Stan Whittaker. The hospital in Blountsville has not reopened since it was damaged during the storm. “This hospital is here to help out this rural population, and statistically a rural population has more healthcare needs,” Whittaker. “They’re not as healthy.”

AANP member Dr. Donna Rolin was quoted in a Health Leaders article that discussed using robots to teach NP students about telehealth. According to the article, the program is designed “to familiarize students with telehealth and to improve patient access to mental health care, especially for patients who live in remote areas and may not have access to a mental health care provider.” Rolin said, “In a rural state like this [Texas], where there is such a lack of mental health providers, I think we have to be innovative and creative and figure out what we can do without being face-to-face.”

Measles is a risk for those who are not vaccinated, according to an article that quoted AANP member Valerie King. “The more we can immunize people, the better we can prevent outbreaks in the community,” said King. Read more.

AANP member Elizabeth Weissbart Wasik also encouraged people to vaccinate their children. According to Wasik, “…our collective memory is fading and this is increasing our individual and associated communitywide vulnerability to communicable diseases. The truth is, every legitimate shred of scientific evidence points toward the safety and efficacy of vaccines.” Learn more.

Choose an NP to be your health care provider, AANP member Dr. Brenda Strysko urged readers of the Bennington Banner. Strysko said, “As clinicians that blend clinical skill in diagnosing and treating health conditions with consideration for disease prevention and health management, NPs provide comprehensive care to patients every day.” Read more reasons to choose an NP at the We Choose NPs website.

A diabetes education event was recently held for patients, according to an article that quoted AANP member Rosary Munoz. In addition to sharing patients’ concerns about changing their diets, Munoz encouraged people to take advantage of the free diabetes screening.

The Arlington Catholic Herald recently highlighted a free clinic that cares for underserved patients. AANP member Barbara Vassallo volunteers at the clinic and was quoted in the article.

AANP member Amy Johnson recently opened a new NP-led clinic in Montana. According to a press release, Johnson said, “My philosophy is I am there as a part of your team, if you’re a patient of mine,” Johnson said. “We’re a team, and my job is to tell you what my knowledge base is, to educate you and then you’re your own boss.” AANP member Geof Rohrlach also cares for patients at the clinic and said, “We aren’t just thinking on the pathological side or the pharmaceutical side. We’re looking at how everything works.”

Congratulations to AANP member Rand Pennington, who was among the health care providers recently recognized as Health Care Heroes by Wilmington Biz. According to a press release, “Rand’s desire to provide the best care possible leads him to continuously look for ways to improve processes that lead to improved patient outcomes.”

Nurse practitioners play a pivotal role in the treatment of lung cancer patients, according to a recent article published by OncLive®. The article quoted AANP member Mary Pasquinelli, who said, “Often, as a nurse practitioner, I will see that patient throughout their course of treatment and then the oncologist and I work with that patient together to see the patient when they have scans or if they have progression of disease. Otherwise, I do a lot of the symptom management and diagnose, prescribe, and treat for any of the side effects.”

AANP member KC Arnold was quoted in a press release about recent FDA approval to expand certification to NPs and PAs for implantation of a specific continuous glucose monitoring system for people with diabetes. Arnold said, “Many health care providers are ready and willing to learn and perfect these types of in-office procedures with the goal of helping more patients in their practice manage their diabetes with the latest technology available on the market.”

NPs are increasing access to health care for patients in Grays Harbor, Washington, according to a recent article that quoted AANP members Ron Oman and Katha Gazda. “I worked in the ER for ten years as a nurse, and I saw patients at their worst,” explained Gazda. “I decided I’d rather work on preventative care to try to keep patients out of the ER, so I went to graduate school to become a family nurse practitioner.”

A teddy bear clinic was recently held to help familiarize children with health care visits. AANP member Theresa Hurley was quoted in an article about the event and said, “We can work through their questions if they have any fear of needles we can explain why it’s important for the vaccinations.” Hurley expressed hope that the clinic would remind parents to schedule annual physicals for their children to help clinicians diagnose diseases earlier and improve both health management and patient education.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, pictured below, who was recently awarded the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaboration (PCPCC) Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award. The award was presented by AANP CEO David Hebert, also pictured below. Watch a video about Dr. Lawson and her work.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: What Goes Up Must Eventually Come Down, written by AANP North Dakota State Representative Dr. Jenna Herman, was recently published by Contemporary Clinic Pharmacy Times. Herman wrote, Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) “is a common and well-known diabetes complication. Because half of DKA hospital admissions can be prevented, it is important to have a collaborative relationship with patients’ endocrinologists or primary care providers for ongoing management of their diabetes.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen, who recently became a member of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value. Jensen is a past president of AANP and currently serves as the liaison for national APRN policy for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the press release and page 11 of this collection of bios for additional details.

AANP Fellow Dr. Lynne Braun was among the committee members and authors of the 2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol, a report from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. The report was published by the American Heart Association Journals.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Danielle Howa Pendergrass, who was recently selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pendergrass previously served as an AANP State Representative for Utah. View the list of new Culture of Health Leaders participants.

On November 7, President Dr. Joyce Knestrick visited the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The following day, Knestrick was honored to attend a round table meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. We look forward to ongoing discussions with HHS. Pictures from both events are below.

Knestrick recently wrote several timely blogs that were published.

AANP Fellow and past president Dr. Cindy Cooke also wrote blog posts that were published recently.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch, who recently received the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing. Read more about Rasch’s admirable career.

AANP Fellow Dr. Doreen Cassarino recently appeared as a featured alumna in Florida Atlantic University’s Transforming Care magazine. See page 28 for details.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators recently highlighted AANP Fellow Dr. Michelle Litchman in a member profile. Litchman said, “As a N.P. and diabetes educator, I appreciate really getting to know my patients with diabetes. Together, we celebrate successes, work through struggles, and ultimately team up to support health.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “Having experienced the trauma of being alone with my mother when she sneezed and died from a hemorrhagic stroke in front of me at 15 years old,” Melnyk said, “I am deeply committed to the forum’s cause in preventing heart attacks and strokes.” Read more about Melnyk’s new, elected role.

In an article about ways that drug therapy helped a man recover from opioid addiction, AANP member Christine Harsell discussed how Suboxone can help some patients. According to Harsell, “It’s really heartening to have another tool to offer patients who are really suffering. It helps the patient buy time.”

A local news report about diabetes featured AANP member Sara Wilson and referenced a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study that found diabetes affects approximately 30 million Americans. Watch the report.

Congratulations to AANP member Diana Williams, who was recognized as a 2018 Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 recipient. According to an announcement about the awards, “Williams is the owner and CEO of Precision Wellness Center, which is a functional medicine and anti-aging clinic focused on improving clients’ quality of life.”

Hormone therapy can help some women as they age, according to AANP member Dana Hull, who hosted a recent seminar on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. According to Hull, women “might have symptoms that indicate a hormone imbalance, including low energy, weight gain, muscle atrophy, hair loss, depression, anxiety, mood swings, trouble sleeping, hot flashes and night sweats. The only way to be sure you’re a candidate for hormone-replacement therapy is through a blood test.”

An article about the expansion of a palliative care program mentioned AANP members Theresa Latorre-Tegtmeier and Suzette Flores. “I love being there for patients and families to provide education and options,” said Flores. “What I find is patients really appreciate the time we take to talk to them about what is important regarding their health.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Julie Miller, who was recently appointed to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Learn more.

An article educating the public about pneumonia symptoms in children quoted AANP member Dr. Katie Mysen, who said, “In developed countries, the incidence is 33 cases of pneumonia for every 10,000 children under the age of five. Symptoms of pneumonia in infants and young children can be subtle and can include the combination of fever and cough. Prior to a cough, kids might be breathing faster or have difficulty breathing.”

Nutrition and weight loss myths were recently debunked by AANP member Carol Rowsemitt. What’s the best way to lose weight? Are all calories the same? Rowsemitt has the answers. Read more.

Dr. Kristen Marie Guida, an AANP member, recently went on a medical mission to Les Abricots, Grand‘Anse , Haiti. She traveled to this austere location & provided primary care to the local residents of this community. Dr. Guida personally evaluated and treated 159 patients in the clinic during her week in the clinic. In the photo, local school children came up to her to thank her for her assistance in the community.

Kristen Guida in Haiti

Get your flu shot now, urged AANP member Katherine Davis. “It’s very important, because there are often complications that are associated with the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and those types of things, even death, so it’s really worth it to come in and get your flu vaccine.” Davis also stressed the importance of hand hygiene to prevent transmission of influenza. Read more.

AANP member Megan Fjellander was mentioned in an article about a patient who survived a severe bout of influenza and is now encouraging people to get a flu shot. Read and share this important patient experience.

Congratulations to AANP members Kathy Hager and Leslie Scott, who were among eight recipients of the University of Louisville’s Nightingale Awards. The honorees were recognized for their work serving vulnerable groups and shaping the next generation of nurses. Learn more.

Read Breaking Barriers and Building Up Advanced Practice at University of Colorado Hospital by AANP member Dr. Jennifer Rodgers to learn more about ways she has overcome challenges to create opportunities for advanced practice providers. Rodgers addressed ways to break down silos, standardize promotions, create change within complex systems and more.

Congratulations to AANP member Jason Hewett, who received the September DAISY Award from McLeod Regional Medical. According to a press release, Hewett was nominated by Kellie James for care he provided her niece, Sierra. “To say that Jason was amazing in caring for Sierra is an absolute understatement,” James said. “Words cannot express our gratitude for his professionalism, compassion, patience, understanding, communication, knowledge, empathy and love shown to her during those hours of care, which extended well beyond his shift.”

Congratulations to AANP member Amanda Brill, who was recently elected to serve on the University of Colorado Hospital’s (UCH) medical board. According to a press release, Brill “is believed to be one of the few Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in the country to serve as an elected member at-large on a hospital medical executive committee.”

A local news story highlighted AANP member Addison Zaya and her passions for playing volleyball and helping people. Zaya was able to do both at Midland College. “Any team sport forces you to know, trust and rely on each other,” said Zaya. “Those lessons carry over into every aspect of life, especially health care.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Colorado State Representative Dr. Michelle Edwards was featured by Elsevier as a Nurse Leader. Edwards told Elsevier, “Without question, the future for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced practice providers (APPs) is quite promising. The demand for these providers has never been higher, and not without good reason. There is substantial evidence to show APPs increase patient satisfaction and have patient outcomes equivalent or superior to physician outcomes in primary care. And when deployed strategically, APPs not only expand the therapeutic reach of the care team through improved access, they add revenue to the bottom line! The value of the APP role is undeniable.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker, who recently received a 2018 Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Baker was recognized for starting “the first nurse practitioner-owned house call practice in Louisiana in order to improve access to primary care.” She authored Housecalls 101, “a best-selling book, that outlines how to start a successful house call practice. published an article about Baker and her “Nola the Nurse” children’s book collection. They also discussed her efforts to care for patients affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Congratulations to AANP Louisiana State Representative Dr. Sattaria Dilks, who will soon become president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). According to a press release, Dilks will begin her term of office in late October.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote several timely blogs that were recently published by 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Before Congress passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, AANP Indiana State Representative Angela Thompson was quoted in an article about the bill. Thompson urged legislators to, “Retire that sunset clause so it would be indefinitely that nurse practitioners and physician assistants could provide those services.”

Karen Bensinger and Nancy Crane-Roberts are AANP members who were among the authors of a recent article about ways that full practice authority for NPs in Pennsylvania could help patients. According to the authors, “There is overwhelming evidence that full scope of practice for nurse practitioners would improve health in Pennsylvania. A report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Duke University School of Law concluded that granting Pennsylvania’s nurse practitioners full-practice authority would benefit Pennsylvanians by increasing access to comparable or better health care at lower costs and would save at least $6.4 billion within the next 10 years.”

Congratulations to AANP member Sandra “Sam” Christensen (pictured below), who recently received the Dr. Raymond E. Dietz Meritorious Service Award from the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). The award recognizes an individual who has made continuing contributions to OMA. As an advocate for the OMA and for her patients, she always takes the initiative and puts her heart into projects, most recently: helping to develop the primary care obesity certificate program for NPs and PAs. Christensen and AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden were both invited speakers at the Obesity Medicine Summit held in Washington, D.C.


Daily Nurse published an article about ways to honor veterans with innovative nursing care, and AANP member Dr. Shannon Munro was mentioned. Munro and her team have “significantly reduced the risk of developing hospital-acquired pneumonia by providing consistent oral hygiene during hospital admissions,” according to the author.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may be the answer to the health care provider shortage in Hawaii, according to AANP member Bryan Chin. In his letter to the editor, Chin suggested that health care organizations in Hawaii could establish residency type programs for new NPs to “retain more providers, save on costs and fill the shortage gap, which will otherwise only get larger as our community population grows.”

After Hurricane Florence, health care volunteers like AANP member Leah Stewart helped patients in North Carolina access the care they need. Read more about the relief efforts.

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease—they’re 2-3 times more likely to die of heart disease or to have a stroke, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” MD Magazine reported in an article about cardiovascular outcomes for patients with diabetes. The article quoted AANP member Lucia Novak, who said, “I tell my patients ‘it’s not just about your sugar, sugar. Diabetes to me is heart disease, and so when I’m looking at treating the diabetes I have to take into consideration this underlying heart disease that they likely have.” Novak shared ways that clinicians can help bridge gaps in diabetes care.

AANP member Dr. Olivia Newby was featured in an article about diabetes prevention efforts at her health care clinic. The report said, “A doctor of nursing practice, she is a crusader for diabetes prevention focused on the disproportionally high rate in African Americans. Her Healthy Living Center in Norfolk is one of only five programs in Virginia that has achieved full recognition for diabetes prevention by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

During a local patient education event, AANP member Rachel Gray shared tips to help patients with diabetes and kidney disease thrive. Gray said, “To avoid things like kidney disease, or gastroparesis, try to reduce sugary foods and keep blood pressures normal. Blood sugar is controlled by exercising. If you want to eat cake, a better option would be a sponge cake with some freshly cut fruit on top. Moderation is key.” Read more.

In an article encouraging readers to get their flu shot, AANP member Hannah Anderson told reporters, “There are several reasons people may get sick after receiving the flu shot. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to work, so if you’re exposed to the virus during that time, you can still fall ill.”

A partnership between a local school district and hospital makes it possible for children to receive well-child check-ups, patient education and other health care services from a clinic at their elementary school. Healthy children learn better, according to an article about the clinic, which featured AANP member Anne NorwoodLearn more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker and AANP member Capt. Beverly Dandridge who were recently honored by the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Baker received the Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Dandridge was recognized as the Uniformed Services Nurse of the Year. Learn more.

A comprehensive educational program designed to combat opioid overdose was developed by AANP Fellow Dr. Gina Dahlem and highlighted by The Michigan Daily. Dahlem said, “We have an opioid epidemic and naloxone is an antidote. To reverse it, we need people alive, therefore I believe training to have people respond to overdose has made a huge impact in the counties. Our motto is, ‘Dead people do not recover.’”

In a meet the expert blog post for Mayo Clinic, AANP Fellow Dr. Amanda Chaney discussed her work related to liver transplants. Chaney also shared information about her partnership with Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and said, “I want other nurse practitioners and physician assistants to know there is so much more opportunity to make a difference than just your day job; including quality improvement work, education, and research.”

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Broglio, an AANP member who received the 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) award and was recently interviewed by AANP. Learn more about Broglio’s experience as a NIDA grant recipient, and apply for the 2019 NIDA grant opportunity by October 17.

A recent discussion paper on ways to implement optimal team-based care to reduce clinician burnout was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Corbridge. The authors concluded that “High-functioning health care teams come in a variety of compositions, yet all possess key features that make them successful. High-functioning teams have tremendous potential to promote clinician well-being, which is foundational to effective and efficient health care.” You may also access additional information about the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and resources for clinicians.

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, who recently received a Zia Award from the University of New Mexico Alumni Association in recognition of tremendous accomplishments that have made a significant positive impact on the university, her community and beyond. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Diane Snow was among the guest editors of the Journal of Addictions Nursing’s special edition on nursing and the opioid crisis. In a guest editorial, Snow shared clinical pearls that could help improve outcomes for patients who use opioids. Snow concluded, “We each bear a responsibility to take action to address opioid problems wherever we work, wherever we have influence.” Read a press release about the special edition.

Get your flu shots now, AANP member Kayla Johnson urged readers of the Times Free Press. Johnson said, “The flu is more than just a ‘bad cold.’ Many people are hospitalized and/or die from the flu every year.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Virginia Prendergast knew that she wanted to be a nurse when she toured a hospital at the age of five. Forty years ago, Prendergast began working for that hospital where she now heads a special team of neuroscience nurses. Learn more about Prendergast’s passion for nursing.

How do you take over management of a patient whose previous clinician prescribed high-dose opioids? AANP member Theresa Mallick-Searle drew upon her more than 15 years of experience in pain management to answer that question for readers of Practical Pain Management. Read Mallick-Searle’s recommendations.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was recently awarded one of two 2018 Hillman Emergent Innovation grants. Melnyk is the principal investigator for a study that will examine ways to turn sick care into well care for homebound older adults and their pets. Learn more about the grant.

AANP member Lonnie Orman was highlighted in the Muskogee Phoenix for his work to nurture others both as a nurse practitioner and as a pastor. Orman said that he became an NP because he “… wanted to be a provider of care, not only a caregiver.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

Opioid overdose awareness was the subject of a talk that kicked off a new Penn State Shenango Nursing Program lecture series. AANP member Dr. Joan Humphrey was among the presenters and said, “With the ever-increasing concern about opioid overdose in our area, we feel it is so important to continue to bring awareness to our community. If hearing what one of us has to say can help save or give support to someone who is addicted or to someone whose loved one is suffering because of opioid abuse, then we have done our job as health care and emergency care providers and will continue to hold these types of programs until this epidemic is no longer an issue.” Learn more.

Michelle AndersonCongratulations to AANP member Michelle Anderson, who was recently voted the best doctor of Bonner County Idaho for the fifth year in a row in a contest conducted by the Bonner County Daily Bee. Anderson owns an NP-led clinic and is the first NP to serve on the board of directors for Bonner General Health. Anderson also received the 2018 AANP Idaho State Award for Excellence NP Advocate Award in June. A snapshot of the recognition is on the left.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a Labor Day themed blog for Thrive on indications that your job might be causing excessive stress levels. Read Knestrick’s six signs that job burnout is making you unhealthy.

Congratulations to AANP member Mary Vigeant, who was commended by the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association (NHNPA) for her efforts to “change hospital bylaws to include NPs as fully credentialed medical staff members.” According to NHNPA, Vigeant worked with her colleagues to propose bylaws changes that were recently passed and implemented, allowing NPs to “hold any office within the Medical Staff and to be credentialed as voting members of any Medical Staff committee.” Read more.

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 articles recently for the popular blogs 30 Seconds and Thrive.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, an AANP Fellow and past president, wrote several articles for the 30 Seconds blog site.

The United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign was highlighted by AANP Fellow Dr. Deborah Gray and Janice Hawkins in an article about ways members of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing are making a global impact one vaccine at a time. Several AANP members have also become Shot@Life Champions. Read more about ways AANP members have supported Shot@Life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Robin Lawson, who recently received a $650,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the BAMA-Care program at the University of Alabama, which will prepare NPs to increase access to care for patients in Alabama. In an article about the program, Lawson said, “We will create longitudinal immersive clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas for our family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students to facilitate their employment in those same settings upon graduation.” Lawson was also featured by Daily Nurse as the Nurse of the Week for her work creating BAMA-Care. Listen to the short interview.

AANP member Bradley Bigford shared insights about his house calls business on the Idaho Matters program broadcast by a local NPR station. Bigford explained the importance of removing a variety of barriers to health care access in order to improve patients’ health. Bigford also discussed the NP role and shared information about the services that NPs provide. highlighted the importance and scarcity of advanced practice nurses (APNs) who specialize in geriatric care and quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie Sabol.  “Nationwide, less than 1 percent of nurses are certified as geriatric nursing specialists and only 10 percent of medical schools require geriatric care training,” Sabol said. “In addition, since changes were made to integrate adult and geriatric populations into one graduate-level NP curriculum, geriatric specialization was eliminated. As a result, the numbers of gerontological specialists, including clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, are dwindling.”

Residencies for NPs were the topic of a Hartford Courant article that quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Flinter and AANP member Nichole Mitchell. “It’s a very difficult transition to go from excellent nurse practitioner training to full scope-of-practice provider,” said Flinter. “There’s a lot of debate within the [NP] community,” said Knestrick. “We already have good outcomes to show that our current educational system has been effective. So I’m not really sure what the benefit is for residencies.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teena McGuinness and Tess Judge-Ellis and AANP members Lt. Col. (retired) Jess Colohan and Dr. Brenda Marshall, who are among nine exceptional psychiatric-mental health nurses selected to receive 2018 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Awards. According to a press release, the awardees included “nurses who have served three tours in Iraq, originated a nationally recognized training program on treating schizophrenia, and brought psychiatric-mental health education to rural, underserved areas.”

AANP member Joe Flores was recently interviewed by Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing and featured in a Nursing Notes podcast. Flores is both a family nurse practitioner and an attorney focusing on health care law and medical negligence.

In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, women in Toledo, Ohio, are being encouraged to sign up for mammograms. “It is always a good idea to talk about it [breast cancer] because you can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be screened,” AANP member Jill Johnson told reporters. “If the breast cancer is caught early, which is the purpose of any screening, the chances of treating it and surviving it are much higher than obviously a late found or an advance stage breast cancer.”

Veronica Southerland is a member with an entrepreneurial spirit. She lost $4 million after changes in the health care landscape sent her home care business spiraling and is building a new business on hydration therapy. Learn more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

The Center for Health Journalism recently published an article about the ability of NPs to solve the primary care provider shortage in the U.S. The article quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick and referenced a study conducted by AANP member Dr. Hilary Barnes. The study examined the “the proportion of NPs, physicians and physician assistants in both rural and nonrural primary care practices from 2008 to 2016. By the end of that period, NPs made up more than 25 percent of providers in rural practices, up from 17.6 percent in 2008.”

Another article about the important role NPs play in delivering primary care quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Jane Hanson. “The human factor is vital…,” said Hanson. “It’s important we see every patient as an individual and respect their belief system. We make it clear that we treat the patient versus just treating disease.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Charon Pierson, who received the The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication at the 2018 meeting of the International Academy of Nursing Editors. The award recognizes outstanding achievements or contributions by an editor in pursuit of excellence in nursing publication. Dr. Pierson was selected from a field of 12 nominees for the annual award. In presenting the award, INANE officers cited her track record of publishing in her specialty area as well as serving as journal editor, her record of consulting with schools and developing students as authors, and her active involvement and leadership in COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics. Additional details will be shared soon.

In response to an Op-Ed, AANP member Carol Tanzio wrote a letter to the editor that was published by a local Pennsylvania newspaper. The letter defended the role of nurse practitioners and clarified several points of contention related to prescriptive authority, collaborative agreements and the prescription of controlled substances. Tanzio cited a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine with data that suggested “…NPs are more conservative in prescribing a controlled substance than their physician counterparts.”

A study conducted by AANP member Mary Pasquinelli and others found that national lung cancer screening guidelines are insufficient for minorities. The study was recently published in JAMA Oncology, and it was highlighted in The American Journal of Managed Care. Pasquinelli concluded, “Although lung cancer screening is effective, these data show that the guidelines should incorporate more expansive, risk-based screening in order to address racial disparities in lung cancer outcomes.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson Baker and AANP member Dr. Jessica Harrison who were recognized by for their entrepreneurial efforts to redefine affordable health care. According to the article, Baker is a business owner, clinician, author, publisher and instructor. Harrison is also the owner of an NP-led practice and increases patients’ access to care through telehealth and mobile health visits.

Advanced trauma training was recently provided to National Guardsmen by AANP member Christopher Powe and the Global Training Institute (GTI). Powe is a founding partner of GTI, and according to a local news article about the training, “GTI gives the high speed and intensity that national guardsmen and others in the armed forces have to one day be prepared for. This includes everything from smoke to loud music and even surgery on cadavers in the dark.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Paul Coyne, who was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review among the Rising Stars: 90 Health Care Leaders Under 40. Coyne co-founded Inspiren, a health care startup that created an artificial intelligence patient safety monitoring and staff engagement platform.

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick wrote a blog for 30 Seconds about immunizations. Read Are Childhood Vaccines Helpful or Harmful? Here Are 4 Things Parents Need to Know!

Amanda Wyatt is an AANP member and clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes management program for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health working to prevent diabetes for Native Americans. A recent article in the Muskogee Phoenix reported on recent patient education efforts, and Wyatt told them, “We primarily do a lot of coaching of the patients and creating an environment for them where we monitor their physical activities, their coping skills and look at the medications they’re taking — we build a rapport with the patient. If we’re not getting good results, we take a different route.”

A free symposium on tips for advance care planning will feature AANP member Karin McDonald, a palliative care nurse practitioner. According to a press release, topics will include, “advance directives, palliative vs. hospice care, estate planning, funeral and burial options, writing your own obituary and much more.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Chris Winkelman, who was awarded an American Association of Critical-Care Nurses/Sigma Theta Tau Grant titled, Does Nursing Certification Contribute to Implementing Mobility Interventions? Winkelman said she will be attending the AANP National Conference in June 2019 and she “looks forward to participation by the members of AANP to help discover whether certification in a population focus at the advanced nursing practice level influences practice in intensive care units. Additional details will be shared soon.

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