2016 National Nurse Practitioner Week Highlights

National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate the exceptional care NPs provide and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that all patients can have full and direct access to NPs. Selected highlights are below.

Thank you to all who participated in NP Week November 13-19, 2016, and helped make it a great success! 

Governors and other elected officials from 42 states, D.C. and Guam signed documents recognizing NP Week and honoring nurse practitioners in their jurisdictions. This is a new record and includes signed proclamations from 39 state governors! In the map below, states that are green or have an image embedded received signed recognition from their governor or other state official.


Other exciting statistics from 2016 NP Week include the following:

  • AANP’s NP Week messages reached more than 2.5 million viewers on Facebook. (This number only reflects what was shared from the AANP page, and not the incredible support from those who posted directly on their own pages.)
  • AANP reached more than double last year’s viewers on Twitter with the #NPWeek hashtag recording more than 24.3 million viewers. (That was not the only tag used, so the actual number of viewers on Twitter was much higher.)
  • A membership drive resulted in more than 300 NP category memberships using an NPWeek discount code.
  • Support was also strong on other social networks, so the total estimated viewer reach is more than 30 million.

A Storify summary of conversations that used the #NPWeek hashtag on Twitter and Instagram is available, with greetings from thousands of individuals and organizations and fun images of NP Week celebrations.

Many AANP members wrote letters to the editor that were published during NP Week. Read their articles and other NP Week news coverage.

Selected images from NP Week are below. Those who have images or proclamations to share may email socialmedia@aanp.org to have them added.

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News Coverage of 2016 NP Week

National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate the exceptional care NPs provide and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that all patients can have full and direct access to NPs. Letters to the Editor and articles that recognized NPs during 2016 NP Week are below.

Thank you to all who participated in NP Week November 13-19, 2016, and helped make it a great success! 

AANP member Ana Bartholo was featured in an article published by the U.S. Army that explained why nurse practitioners are 222,000 solutions to the health care provider shortage. Bartholo said, “I am very interested in global health, and how regional differences in health access and policies affect outcomes. I am also involved with forensic nursing and sexual assault response because it can have a significant impact on one’s life.” Read more.

Sandpoint, daho, Mayor Shelby Rognstad honored nurse practitioners with a signed proclamation during NP Week. Three of the NPs pictured in an article about the celebration are AANP members Cynthia Dalsing, Michelle Anderson and Tabitha Barron.

AANP member Dr. Caqthlin Poronsky wrote a letter to the editor of The Southern Illinoisan urging readers to support adoption of the Veterans Administration’s proposed APRN rule that could give veterans full and direct access to nurse practitioners in VA facilities.

Laurie Buchwald is an AANP member who wrote an NP Week op-ed that appeared on Roanoke.com. According to Buchwald, “Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out of pocket costs.”

AANP members Meredith Hunhoff and Holly Haberman were among the Yankton, South Dakota, nurse practitioners honored during NP Week. Read more about their recognition.

The first lady of Kentucky Glenna Bevin presented nurse practitioners with an NP Week proclamation signed by Governor Matt Bevin. “This week, and every week, we are thankful for those men and women who dedicate their careers to helping and serving others,” said Mrs. Bevin. “As a former ER nurse, I know how demanding the healthcare field can be, but I also know how rewarding it is. Kentucky is blessed to have so many highly trained, qualified nurse practitioners. They are the heart of healthcare, and we proudly recognize and honor their service.”  AANP Fellow Dr. Julie Marfell is among the NPs pictured.

AANP Fellow Dr. Kevin Letz was a guest author of the Doximity blog during NP Week. He discussed ways that entrepreneurs can balance health care and business. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Pamela Cipriano, who celebrated the grand opening of her practice on Nov. 13, the first day of NP Week 2016.  Cipriano’s practice is the first in Connecticut to specialize in internal medicine and be run by a nurse practitioner. Learn more.

Several AANP members were among the nurse practitioners recognized by Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center during NP Week. Read the press release.

Darla Porter, an AANP member, was featured in an NP Week article published by everythinglubbock.com. “We’re finding that nurse practitioners have really great outcomes, really develop a good rapport with their patients, and they really provide excellent care,” Porter said. “So we’re hoping the nurse practitioner profession will just continue to grow.”

AANP member Alice Loper wrote an NP Week article for Georgia College that listed several fun NP facts. According to Loper, The providers of health care in the Georgia College Student Health Clinic are all nationally certified nurse practitioners and see around 9,000 students per year in the clinic.”

An NP Week article about nurse practitioners in New York state quoted AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara. According to the article, both the NP role and regulations related to NP practice are continuing to evolve.

The importance of nurse practitioner clinics in rural communities was explained by AANP Fellow Julia Pallentino. Learn more by watching a short video.

The Missouri Nurses Association published an op-ed in the Daily Journal during NP Week that educated the public about the role of nurse practitioners. According to the article, Missouri holds more than 7,000 NPs and 100,000 registered nurses in the state. Because much of the state is rural, NPs offer a critical path to care for many of Missouri’s citizens.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

“To provide the highest quality care for patients, it is imperative that all members of a health care team practice to the fullest extent of their educational preparation and clinical expertise,” said AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke in an article published by The Society for Participatory Medicine. Dr. Cooke and AANP Associate Vice President of Federal Government Affairs Debra Swan attended a Joining Forces event at the White House recently and shared the images below.

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Congratulations to AANP South Carolina State Representative Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun who received several honors recently. Dr. Demonbreun was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Community Service Award from Family Solutions of the Low Country, the Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award 2016 from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, and the 2016 Carol R. Collison Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from the Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter (University of South Carolina, College of Nursing). Images of the awards are below.

AANP Fellow Dr. Sharmaine Lawson-Baker and her Nola the Nurse book series have been making headlines in recent months. The books offer a positive role model for children and teach them about the important nurse practitioner role. Read more.

The Pat Tillman Foundation provides educational scholarships to veterans and their spouses help veterans continue their education and serve their communities.  AANP member Emily Thompson-Schelberg is a former Tillman scholarship recipient, and she is quoted in an article about the positive difference the foundation is making.

Congratulations to AANP member Lynne Allen who was named Oregon Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Jeanette Parker was among the authors of an article published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care that discussed ways that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help reduce the occurrence of pertussis in children. A report on the study was published in Contagion Live and indicated that APRNs play a vital role in protecting infants, and their influence and advocacy may help reduce pertussis infection rates for at-risk populations. Dr. Parker wrote, “Advanced practice nurses can play a significant role in protecting infants younger than 12 months old through initiating and supporting advocacy efforts at the state level for childcare employee Tdap [tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis] vaccination.”

AANP member Dr. Michael Carter recently presented the Key Note Address at Oxford University Hospitals in Oxford, England, during a celebration of advanced nursing and midwifery. Read more about the event.

Dr. Caqthlin Poronsky, an AANP member, wrote a letter to the editor of The Southern Illinoisan urging readers to support adoption of the Veterans Administration’s proposed APRN rule that could give veterans full and direct access to nurse practitioners in VA facilities. Read the article.

AANP member Sandy Schellinger was among the researchers on a study about emotional and social states near the end of life, which found that experiences are often more positive than people might anticipate. Schellinger was featured in an interview that suggested people should rethink end-of-life dread.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Rose Knapp, who recently received two prestigious awards.  She was named the 2016 New Jersey State Nurses Association Forum of Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year for her contributions to the nursing profession, education and health of patients.  Dr. Knapp also received the 2016 Lambda Delta chapter Hannelore Sweetwood Mentorship Award from Sigma Theta Tau.  The award recognizes nurses who foster talent and development in providing guidance to colleagues. Read more.

AANP member Rachel Gruenberg explains how to have a healthy holiday by avoiding excess weight gain and keeping infections like the flu or cold away. Learn tips to stay healthy to enjoy holiday time with family.

AANP Pennsylvania State Representative Dr. Lori Martin Plank is pictured below manning an AANP booth before the U.S. Presidential Election and urging attendees to make their voices heard by voting.


Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a big source of concern for people of all ages, particularly parents. In November, Diabetes Awareness Month, AANP Indiana State Representative Angela Thompson recently appeared live on WISH TV (a local station in Indiana) to educate the public during a segment on diabetes.

The Chickasaw Nation WomenHeart Support Group hosted a public education session on diabetes that featured insight from AANP member Laura Dooley. Learn more about the event.

Congratulations to AANP members Dr. Sharon Byrne and Dr. Brenda Marshall who were among the 13 top nurses recognized by the New Jersey State Nurses Association for making an extraordinary impact on the profession and their communities. Read the press release.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

November 13 – 19, 2016, is National Nurse Practitioner Week. We are proud to share a few articles that are written by or that highlight AANP members. Look forward to additional highlights in next week’s Spotlight on NPs, and please email socialmedia@aanp.org if you have articles or events to share. Join the conversation online by using #NPWeek in your posts and tweets.

According to AANP Member Col. Edward E. Yackel, “Nurse Practitioners have been part of the Army Medical Department for over 50 years.” Learn more about their roles during times of peace and war in Col. Yackel’s  NP Week article: “Your Partner in Health – The Nurse Practitioner.”

In an NP Week Op-Ed for the Courier-Journal, AANP Kentucky State Representative Dr. Whitney Nash said, “Patients whose primary care providers are nurse practitioners have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.” Nash encouraged full and direct access to NPs in Veterans Affairs facilities and in Kentucky.

Congratulations to AANP member and State Representative Linda Upmeyer who was re-elected Speaker of the House in Iowa. Upmeyer will be serving her seventh term in the Iowa House. She was a nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center for many years. Read the press release.

Kudos are also extended to AANP Fellow Cathy Giessel who was re-elected to the State Senate in Alaska. According to McClatchyDC, “Giessel said she first ran for the Senate in 2010 because she was fed up with what she saw as excessive spending by a coalition that split power between Democrats and Republicans.”  Read more from KTUU and McClatchyDC.

AANP member Holly Jeffreys wrote an article about nurse practitioners and NP Week for the Amarillo Globe-News. According to Jeffreys, “Across Texas, NP practice owners have opened their doors and are working tirelessly to provide access to care to rural and medically under-served Texans.” She suggested that NP Week is an opportune time to thank NPs and to “remind lawmakers of the importance of continuing to invest and expand our health care workforce so that all Texans will be able to access the health care they need, regardless of zip code.”

The Democrat and Chronicle published an NP Week article written by AANP member Erin Howe, who indicated that the role of nurse practitioners is growing. Howe said that as the health care landscape continues to evolve, “We will need to be advocates for ourselves and our families as there will be fewer resources to go around.”

AANP member Dr. Anna Hamrick was quoted in an NP Week article published by the Shelby Star.  According to the article, “As licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education and extensive clinical preparation, NPs provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. In addition to providing a full range of services, they work as partners with their patients, guiding them toward educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.”

The role of the emergency nurse practitioner was highlighted during NP Week by AANP Fellow Dr. Jennifer Wilbeck in an article published by Emcare. She indicated that the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners is working to clarify their role.

Julia Pallentino, an AANP Fellow, was quoted in an article about NP Week published by WCTV. Thanks to all who are educating, advocating and celebrating this NP Week!

AANP member Dr. Nina Russell was mentioned in an article about the dental and health care services Mercy Medicine Free Clinic has provided for more than 20 years to South Carolinans in need. The clinic is under new management and hopes to expand services in the near future.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Suzanne Staebler who is one of 22 AANP members recently inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows. According to a press release, Staebler is an expert clinician, advocate and nationally recognized leader in the field of neonatal advanced practice nursing.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens wrote an article for the Huffington Post Black Voices column describing five ways that we can honor our veterans. Dickens asked that readers “Ask Congress and the VA to reduce wait times in the VA health system.” He suggested that one way to achieve that goal would be to move forward with the VA’s proposed rule that could give veterans full and direct access to nurse practitioners employed by VA facilities.

AANP members Ellen Mering, Amanda Volker and Dr. Susan Eley were among the authors of an article in Advance for NPs & PAs that reminded readers “height loss is a key marker for osteoporosis.” According to the article, “new studies show that height is often overestimated, particularly by perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women, when they are self-reporting it to their health care provider.”

Congratulations to AANP member Colleen Barry, who recently received an Award of Excellence from the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. The award is given annually to an APRN who has demonstrated excellence in professional development, clinical skill, innovative practice, academics, political action or interdisciplinary interaction.  Read the press release.

Two recent articles discussed outdated practice regulations for nurse practitioners in Virginia and Illinois. AANP members Jenni Fellman and Cindy Fagan, who is the Virginia Council of NPs Government Affairs Chairperson, were quoted in an article about collaborative agreements that negatively impact patients’ access to care in their state.

Similarly, on October 26, The Okawville Times (print only) ran a story about AANP Illinois State Representative Dr. Julie Adkins. The end of a collaborative agreement caused the clinic where Adkins had worked for 15 years to close, leaving 2,000 of her patients without access to care. Adkins responded by opening an NP-owned clinic to care for her patients. Learn more about nurse practice laws and regulations in your state by reviewing AANP’s State Practice Environment Map.

NP leaders help raise awareness of the nurse practitioner role, like AANP member Vicki Holzapfel did when she explained the history and importance of the NP role to attendees of a Rotary Club meeting in her community. Read more. #NPsLead

In “The Dish on Diabetes,” the effects of diabetes on physical and mental health were discussed. AANP member Erin Carlile was quoted in the article.

Did you participate in the Lunch n’ Learn featuring AANP member Dr. Gordon Mattimoe last month? The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) webinar highlighted Mattimoe’s research regarding ways the alignment of the Chronic Care Model (CCM), evidence-based guidelines and health information technology can be used to design and implement a robust quality improvement program to manage hypertension in rural underserved populations. If you missed the live event, be sure to watch it now.

Mark your calendars for a special National Diabetes Awareness Month Lunch n’ Learn webinar from TCPi featuring AANP member Dr. Kristine Batty. Batty will discuss how her practice leverages newly available performance incentive payments to capitalize on services her practice has historically provided for free. Register today.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board, Inc. recently held elections for 2017 Commissioner positions representing Family Nurse Practitioners. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Dixie Harms and Dr. Kerri L. Rupe, who were elected to the Certification Commission. AANPCP also expressed gratitude to AANP Fellows Dr. Mona M Counts and Dr. Lori Martin-Plank for their years of service as Commissioners. A full list of commissioners is available at aanpcert.org.

A pre-Halloween reminder from AANP Fellow Dr. Kathleen Wilson suggested that parents keep medication safely away from children, and explain that medication is not candy. Get more information about the CDC’s Up and Away campaign at upandaway.org.

Dr. Scharmaine Baker, an AANP Fellow, appeared on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show to promote her Nola the Nurse line of children’s books and toys that feature a young girl who wants to become a nurse practitioner when she grows up. Watch a clip from the show.

AANP member Nanette Coleman wrote an article about treatment strategies for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia that was published by Pharmacy Times. According to Coleman, “Many patients with diabetes often do not completely grasp the consequences of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia on vascular health, and health care providers should not assume that a patient has been well educated on the pathophysiology of diabetes”. Even basic concepts can be confusing to some patients, as Coleman explained.

Did you know that 17,900 of the nurse practitioners who graduated in 2015 were primary care NP graduates! This marks another record year for growth of the NP profession and continued growth in the percentage of NPs trained in primary care. Compared to the 2,700 physicians matching into primary care, it’s not hard to see why there’s so much buzz about the potential of NPs to transform primary care in America. Learn more in a Health Affairs article written by AANP Fellows Dr. Anne Thomas (NONPF President), Dr. Joanne Pohl, Dr. Debra Barksdale and the Executive Director of NONPF, Kitty Werner. See the image below, and read the article.


Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Gall, who was selected to serve on a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) technical expert panel (TEP) for the Quality Measure Development Plan. Gall brings to the TEP over 30 years of experience in nursing, administrative, provider, and health IT roles. At Stratis Health, she currently supports health care organizations and clinicians as they operationalize the Quality Payment Program and other emerging health care changes, through the Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO).  Read more.

AANP member Shannon Southwick was inspired by the care nurses provided her sister when she was diagnosed with cancer, and that experience prompted Southwick to become a nurse practitioner who works in oncology. AANP member Shelley Miles gravitated toward oncology by accident, but has built a long and rewarding career in the field. Read more about the role nurse practitioners play in the recovery of oncology patients.

Congratulations to AANP member Cynthia Arcieri, who was awarded the Rivier University Outstanding Nurse and Healthcare Leader Award for her commitment to excellence and service to patients. Read the press release.

AANP member Peggy Schuelke is running for the South Dakota State House of Representatives and was profiled by the Brookings Register. “I know that the majority of people in South Dakota were in favor of Medicaid expansion, and we still don’t have that yet. And as a health care provider … I see the problems that that lack of insurance, what it can cause for people.” #NPsLead

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Calloway who is the recipient of the 2016 Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award from Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP). Award recipients must demonstrate excellence as a nurse practitioner and role model for others and contribute significantly to the improvement of care for individuals, families and their communities. Read more about Calloway’s achievements.

AANP member Joy Britt stressed the importance of vaccination to readers of the Aiken Standard. According to Britt, “Vaccines are created to prevent all of these illnesses that we’ve had over the ages that … have been detrimental. … They are there to protect us as a whole in the community, protect those that aren’t able to get vaccinated or are a little compromised with their immune state.”

Fighting cancer is a labor of love for AANP member Alice Spinelli, according to an article in Florida Today. She described her role as a gynecologic oncology nurse practitioner and explained how cancer treatment has changed over the years.

Katherine Hoebelheinrich, an AANP member and Secretary of the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners, described Nebraska’s path to full practice authority for NPs at the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners annual conference. Hoebelheinrich stressed that patients benefit from increased access to care when full practice authority is granted to NPs. Read the article.

A high protein diet helped two sisters lose a total of 195 pounds. AANP member Crystal White was quoted in an article about the weight loss and indicated that the goal of the program the sisters participated in is to increase patients’ health and well-being and reduce dependence on diabetes and high blood pressure medications. White said, “Our biggest goal is improved health and vitality, but you also have those extra rewards of improved self esteem and sometimes the social stigma of being overweight impacts people’s lives and they see improvements in that as well.”

AANP member Sarah Groce and her lung cancer screening house call service were featured by a local news network. Patients who are eligible for the program have an initial visit to discuss risk factors, ways to stop smoking, and if additional screening is recommended. Learn more.

The West Plains Daily Quill profiled AANP member Sheena Painter.  Painter firmly believes that students who are trained locally and students who have positive experiences with local employers during their training will have more incentive to stay in the area where they have trained to seek employment. “The local nursing schools are great for our community,” Painter said. “We have the opportunity to grow our own for our local healthcare facilities.” Read more.

AANP member Veronica Buckovich wrote an article for Savannah Now about embracing the journey of breast cancer treatment. Learn more about her role as a nurse practitioner who serves patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke appeared on DCW50’s NewsPlus to advocate on behalf of veterans seeking medical assistance through the VA. Watch what Dr. Cooke had to say about nurse practitioners and the VA’s proposed APRN rule.

Thanks to all who attended AANP’s Region 1 Leadership Meeting in Boston this past weekend. We appreciated your positive energy, insightful contributions, and of course, the Boston Cream Pie! Enjoy the slideshow below, featuring Dr. Jan Towers and NP leaders from Rhode Island. #NPsLead

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AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi wrote a blog for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that describes several steps clinicians can take to increase patient safety in ambulatory care.  According to Ricciardi, “Safety issues in ambulatory care settings differ substantively from the hospital setting. Events may be the result of fragmented care or from a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis, a lack of followup on tests, or inappropriate use of two more medications due to deficiencies in medication reconciliation and care coordination.” Read more.

“I use the best tools of conventional medicine and the best tools of holistic medicine to help people make lifestyle changes to become healthier,” AANP member Seth McLaughlin told attendees of a community health forum. He discussed the benefits of incorporating herbs into people’s diets and stressed the importance of eating food that comes from farms rather than factories.  Learn more.

AANP member Angie Howald was quoted in an article about a heart-healthy cooking demonstration that marked the opening of a new Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic in Anderson, IN. She shared the importance of educating patients to help prevent heart disease.

Congratulations to AANP member Virginia Czimber, who is a finalist for a 2016 Health Care Heroes Award. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Nancy Campbell-Heider is among 22 AANP members to be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing later this month. AAN Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are selected for their contributions to nursing and health care and their influence on health policy and the health and well-being of patients.  Congratulations to all!  Read the press release.

Congratulations to Dr. Joan Stanley, an AANP Fellow who was recently appointed Chief Academic Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  Read the press release.

AANP member Renee Dahring wrote an article for AdvanceWeb that encourages NP students to prioritize their education and enjoy the educational process.  Read more advice to NP students.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Susan Calloway, who was recently awarded the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year award.  Texas Nurse Practitioner bestows the award every year to a distinguished nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in his field of work and is thought of as a role model in the nursing profession. Read the press release.

Thanks to AANP Oregon State Representative Mandy McKimmy, who manned the AANP booth at the 39th Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Education Conference in mid-October. We appreciate all that Ms. McKimmy and other state reps do to support nurse practitioners and their national membership organization – AANP.


Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP Fellow Dr. Jan Towers was among the experts who shared MACRA pointers for nurse practitioners during a #TCPiChat on Twitter hosted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which is a complex piece of legislation that creates new billing formulas based on quality. Experts including Towers, Elizabeth Arend and Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan shared crucial information on the transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements. View a summary of the chat on Storify.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, one of 22 AANP members who will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing later this month. Read a press release about her recognition.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke appeared on WSBA last week and discussed the role of nurse practitioners. She also shared the importance of modernizing regulations to give veterans full and direct access to the care NPs provide in VHA facilities.

“I believe I am here for a reason,” breast cancer survivor and AANP member Tina Spruell told a reporter from the Houston Chronicle.  According to an article profiling Spruell, she “believes that her own experience battling cancer has helped her grow even more passionate about women’s health and even more compassionate toward those who struggle with health problems.”

U.S. Congressional Representative Lynn Jenkins attended a presentation on health care policy by AANP member Shawn Raymond. Raymond urged modernization of legislation related to NP practice in Kansas and indicated that the current practice environment limits access to health care for patients in rural communities. Learn more.

AANP member Agnes Yahl was pictured in an article about the care and education she provides county employees in Waco, Texas. According to the article, “Allowing employees to see a nurse practitioner only five minutes from their work station encourages them to discuss health issues they might not otherwise.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State recently honored AANP member Laura Markwick as the New York State Nurse Practitioner of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in underserved areas of New York State and who have advanced the profession through outstanding leadership, mentoring or education. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Jeanette Parker was among the authors of an Advance for NPs & PAs article titled “Combatting Infant Pertussis with Cocooning.”  According to the authors, “Support of cocooning presents an important advocacy opportunity for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). While some patients and their families who interact with infants may realize the importance of Tdap vaccinations, others likely do not appreciate the risks. NPs and PAs should leverage the contact and influence we have with families as well as individuals within our communities to encourage Tdap vaccination across the lifespan, per current CDC recommendations. In so doing, we will play a critical role in reducing the incidence of pertussis in the United States, especially in the very young.”

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP Region 3 Director Susan Schrand wrote a letter to the editor of Penn Live that urged lawmakers to pass legislation to expand patient access to health care by eliminating outdated policies related to nurse practitioners. Schrand wrote, “legislators should retire linked licensure and ensure Pennsylvania’s patients have access to timely, high-quality, patient-centered health care.”

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time when nurse practitioners focus on the importance of diagnosing, treating and managing patients’ chronic pain. Read this timely Huffington Post article by AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens to learn five steps to help conquer chronic pain.

A US News report on ways that graduate degrees in nursing pay off quoted AANP president Dr. Cindy Cooke and AANP member Sara Marlow, who is also known as @MissFNP on Twitter. Read what Cooke, Marlow and others had to say about employment opportunities for new nurse practitioners.

Congratulations to AANP member Gwyn Parris-Atwell, who received a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Nurse.com GEM Award.  Parris-Atwell is an active United States Air Force Reservist and Chief Nurse to the Squadron Commander at McGuire AFB.  She won in the category of Excellence in Education and Mentorship and was recognized for her unparalleled leadership and clinical and mentorship capabilities. Read the press release.

Content from the convenient care / urgent care track at the AANP 2016 Specialty & Leadership Conference was covered by MedCity News. Nurse practitioners increase patients’ access to care and provide a full range of health care services. Read this article to learn more about trends related to convenient care. Quotes were provided by AANP Fellow Nancy Zaner, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for Walmart Care Clinics, and AANP members Sue Ferbet, Chief Nurse Practitioner at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, and Dr. Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for CVS Health Minute Clinics. #AANPSLC

AANP member Thanh Nguyen was quoted in a second MedCity News article about the return on investment (ROI) of telehealth. According to the article, “Nguyen said while presenting evidence that telemedicine is helping healthcare achieve the triple aim of improved patient experience and population health at a lower cost. ‘It will be interesting to see where the bottom line will be and if this is paying off,’ she said. ‘I know we have saved lives by having these services available to our patient population.’”

Congratulations to AANP member Cris Custer, who was recognized by the University of Wisconsin (UW) for providing personalized care.  The honor was related to UW’s Project 72 initiative, which highlights the work of graduates.  “Through the past 21 years, I have been able to focus on the promotion of health as well as the prevention, early detection and optimal management of diseases,” Custer said about her role. Read more.

A Rheumatoid Arthritis News article covered AANP’s request that patients and health care providers work together to ensure that chronic pain is treated properly. The article quoted AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke, who said, “Patients living with acute and chronic pain need prompt and reliable access to their health care provider of choice and effective pain relief. National Pain Awareness Month serves as a reminder that nearly one-third of Americans suffer daily from the debilitating condition of chronic pain.”

Congratulations to AANP member Jenna Cicchillo who was named Gem of the Year by the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance.  According to the press release, the annual award recognizes an individual who serves the community with distinction.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

An Advance for NPs & PAs article about the top education related concerns for nurse practitioners quoted several expert nursing faculty, including AANP Fellows Dr. Shelley Hawkins, Dr. Sheila Melander and Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, as well as AANP members Dr. Laurel Halloran and Dr. Candace Harrington.  A faculty shortage, challenges securing clinical placements, the DNP degree and changes in education were discussed. According to Hawkins, “Given the scope of the role and the complexity of the world in which we live, we must have more highly educated NPs, and this is why we must be prepared to offer our students a comprehensive, cutting-edge education.”

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new nurse practitioner run clinic that was recently opened by Columbia University.  According to Ferrara,  “Nurse practitioners focus on the whole person and help patients make lifestyle choices that can actually prevent diseases and help them stay as healthy as possible. We get to know each patient, his or her history, health goals and challenges, so that together we can develop a clear and personalized treatment plan.” Read more on the Columbia University and Daily Nurse websites.

Dr. Andrea Barnes-Grant and Dr. Kathy Ingelse are AANP members and Jonas Scholars who were motivated to earn doctoral degrees because they wanted to improved health care for veterans.  According to a Nurse.com article, Brigadier General (Ret) William T. Bester, senior adviser, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program  said, “Scholars such as Dr. Grant and Dr. Ingelse will greatly impact upon the care we provide to our veterans by focusing their clinical expertise and their research efforts on veteran-specific healthcare issues such as TBI, PTSD, other mental health disorders related to deployments and combat, poly-trauma, loss of hearing and eyesight, military sexual trauma, spinal cord injuries and homelessness, just to name a few.”

One of the first nurse practitioners to practice in the Middle East was AANP member Nikki Miller. When the United Arab Emirates agreed to recognize and allow the use of nurse practitioners only at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi campus, Miller answered the call. She recently shared her experiences with FNP students at Illinois State University’s Methodist College of Nursing. Read more.

AANP member Dr. Danielle Sarik was among the authors of a blog that addressed the importance of pending legislation related to APRN practice in Pennsylvania. According to the blog, removing outdated barriers to practice and “Utilizing APRNs to their full potential could relieve our strained system.”

September is Pain Awareness Month, and AANP Fellow Brett Snodgrass has been busy sharing her expertise. Snodgrass was quoted in a Medpage Today article based on a survey with results that indicated many patients lack knowledge of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She was also mentioned in an Advance for NPs & PAs article about what it takes to be opioid free.

AANP member, oncology NP and cancer survivor Carlene Springer was profiled by NBC Nebraska.  According to the article, patients appreciate Springer’s compassion, and Springer said, “Oncology is my passion. When I’m not here, I’m miserable. When I’m here, that’s what I’m meant to do.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Nan Gaylord whose achievements were recently recognized by the American Academy of Nursing. Gaylord, also the director for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Nursing Practice, was acknowledged for her ongoing efforts to bring nurse-led health care to underinsured and uninsured children in the Knoxville, TN, area.

AANP member Dr. Rebecca Bates wrote an article on the DNP Essentials for Advance for NPs & PAs that discussed how to apply knowledge and skills acquired in a DNP program to practice and positively impact health outcomes for patients.  Bates asked, “When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought about how the DNP Essentials can provide a framework for your professional growth and development?” She encouraged readers to join her in using the DNP Essentials to change the world.

In July, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret “Marge” Dean contributed to a US News article that advised seniors about important things to look for when they are seeking a new health care provider. Dean emphasized the importance of finding a provider who would take time to really listen to their patients.

Do your patients know the facts about flu shots? AANP member Kimberly A. Young distinguished facts from myths in an article for the Courier Post.