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.

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Nurse Practitioners: Proud to Serve America’s Military Families

Cindy Cooke

Guest blog by AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is a proud supporter of the White House Joining Forces initiative.  NPs are on the front lines of caring for our active duty and veteran service members and their families in a wide variety of settings, including military treatment facilities, VA and civilian communities.

The military community is an amazing collection of people who give their lives to the service and protection of our nation.  Caring for this population is an honor and privilege for NPs everywhere.

Understanding the nuances of the family dynamics and stressors on this population is key to providing the care that is needed.  There are more than 3.6 million U.S. military personnel total.  These active duty and reserve/guard service members fit many categories including single, single parents, married, and dual-military families.  More than half are married, and over 40% of service members have children.

NPs play an integral part in the care of our military service members and their families.  The challenges of geographic mobility, deployments and separations, risk of death or injury and residence in foreign countries make the care of this population unique.  That is why AANP is partnering with other health care organizations and Joining Forces to advance this important work.

Joining Forces dedicates the week of Veterans Day as Joining Forces Wellness Week.  Resources are available on AANP’s Joining Forces site.

On this Veterans Day, AANP honors those who serve and have served to protect the United States.  We also acknowledge the many nurse practitioners who are currently serving in the military, those who are veterans, and those whose family members serve.  Finally, to increase access to health care for veterans, we urge Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, to publish regulations giving NPs full practice authority throughout the VA.  Read the press release, and voice your support for our veterans by sharing the following messages.

Twitter:  Sec. McDonald, publish #APRN #FullPracticeAuthority regulations @DeptVetAffairs #NPsCare4Vets http://wp.me/p4cIYe-cK

Facebook:  @VeteransAffairs Secretary McDonald, help nurse practitioners and other APRNs practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training and increase access to health care for America’s veterans.  Publish Full Practice Authority regulations today.  #NPsCare4Vets http://wp.me/p4cIYe-cK