Spotlight on NPs

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

It’s that time of year again – National Immunization Awareness Month! Watch AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick discuss the importance of vaccinations as children prepare to begin another school year. #NIAM #NPsLead

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke busted immunization related myths in the Huffington Post and explained why everyone deserves a shot. Learn more about the four myths Cooke addressed.

In the Huffington Post‘s “Black Voices” column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens said, “Nearly 95 percent of school-aged kids are vaccinated, but growing numbers of parents are opting out of these life-saving shots, and kids are getting sicker as a result.” Read five reasons to ensure children’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Community Health Heroes in New Orleans interviewed AANP Fellow Dr. Sophia L. Thomas about her role as a pediatric nurse practitioner and back-to-school health concerns. Thomas stressed the importance of regular physical exams, immunizations and more. The interview begins near the 2:34 mark.

Back to School Week: Keeping your kids healthy during the school year” features AANP member Megan Monroe, who reminded parents to ensure that students who are beginning pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school and seventh grade have been immunized. Monroe stressed the importance of hand washing and discussed common back-to-school illnesses.

Congratulations to AANP Tennessee State Representative Brett Snodgrass who was recently named a 2017 Memphis Healthcare Hero by the Memphis Business Journal. Read the press release.

An Ohio State University (OSU) clinic is expanding services, thanks to a new federal designation. “We are very dedicated to continuing to provide critically needed comprehensive primary care services to optimize health and well-being in our community,” said AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion and dean, OSU College of Nursing. “Our team approach to care is led by nurse practitioners and includes interprofessional health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best evidence-based physical and mental health care.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Valerie J. Fuller, board president of the Maine State Board of Nursing, who received the Elaine Ellibee Award in honor of significant contributions she has made to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Read the NCSBN press release.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellows program (FAANP) granted funds to support a national pilot project “aimed at demonstrating the influence of nurse practitioners in reducing unnecessary testing,” according to a VUSN press release. Two AANP Fellows, AANP Region 4 Director Dr. April Kapu and Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, will use the grant to conduct an expanded Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Choosing Wisely collaborative study focused on improving clinical practice. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Louise O’Keefe, who was recently selected to participate in the National League for Nursing (NLN) LEAD program. O’Keefe was also nominated for the Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award for exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. Read the press release.

AANP member Lisa Meadows was recently named director of  a mobile health care unit that provides free asthma, dental and general health screening services to underserved children. “We’ve all watched families have to make really hard [economic] decisions,” Meadows said, “and I’ve been able to witness first-hand how disparities impact neighborhoods, how poverty impacts the actions of others. That stays with you. It drives me to create a change.” Read more.

A shortage of nursing faculty in West Virginia may negatively impact the supply of nurses, access to care and quality of care, according to an article published by WV Public Broadcasting. AANP member Dr. Melody Wilkinson said, “The AACN estimated that annually we may see up to 64,000 qualified applicants who are unable to be accepted into schools of nursing… So there’s simply not the capacity to educate those qualified applicants to help them graduate to become nurses.”

In a recent CVS Health survey, 67 percent of respondents indicated that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. Dr. Angela Patterson, MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer and AANP member said that it can take a couple of weeks to build immunity, so patients should get their flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Patterson added, “influenza strains tend to change each year, so it’s very important to get vaccinated every year to make sure you are protected.” Learn more.

Thielen Student Health Center at Iowa State University is addressing students’ sexual health needs. AANP member Mary Raman discussed long-term birth control options, Intrauterine Device (IUD) and Nexplanon in a local news article. “One of our goals is to increase awareness and implementation of those types of contraceptives,” said Raman.  “They’re the most effective form of contraceptives available at this time and they are very safe for almost all women.”

A new health clinic offering preventative health care for homeless youth will be managed by AANP member Theresa Granger. Additional services include basic health services for at-risk youth and school sports physicals. “It’s not an open-to-the-public clinic,” said Granger, “but it’s opening with the thought that if kids are falling through the cracks, we’re here.” Learn more.

A desire to help people motivated AANP member Michelle Martin to become a nurse practitioner, according to a local news article about her. Read more about Martin, and read and share AANP’s “Use of Terms” position statement.

Spotlight on NPs

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

“As the U.S. health care system faces the aging of the baby boomer population and the rise of chronic disease, nurse practitioners (NPs) are leading the way by demonstrating positive results in managing care for older patients and the complexity of chronic conditions,” AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick said in a Daily Nurse article. “This includes innovative practice solutions, research and training, and policy advances at the state and federal level to strengthen access to NP-provided health care.” Read more.

Full practice authority for NPs “really is a no-brainer,” said AANP member Ricki Garrett in an article for the Clarion Ledger. “… We are a rural, medically underserved state, and by allowing nurse practitioners to practice at their full scope, we can greatly expand access to care for the citizens of Mississippi … It’s a way we can increase access to care without costing a dime.”

Patient education is a hallmark of the care nurse practitioners provide. Check out AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke‘s six tips to boost summertime health. Tip #1 is drink plenty of water. Read five more tips.

The Health Wagon was featured by Dutch Public Broadcasting in an online news feature, and at the 14:55 minute mark in a general news update. The broadcasts are in Dutch and feature AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner. AANP Fellow Dr. Paula Hill is also part of the Health Wagon team.

In an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle, AANP Fellow Dr. Bernadette Melnyk explained why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking. According to Melnyk, “Moderation, in this case, is most definitely a vice from a health perspective, and a potentially life-shortening approach.”

“Navigating a head lice diagnosis may feel frustrating and overwhelming for many parents, especially if their child has required multiple rounds of treatment due to a recurring infestation,” AANP Fellow Wendy Wright said in an article about an online survey related to head lice treatment. Also in the news, an article on the ModernMedicine Network discussed the outcomes of Wright’s study “Comparison of immunization rates of adults ages 65 years and older managed within two nurse practitioner-owned clinics with national immunization rates,” which was published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP).

Congratulations to AANP member Elisabeth King who became the runner up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year award after raising more than $115,000 for new cancer treatments. Nationally, 2017’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised more than $45 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. King wanted to do more for her patients and said she was motivated to raise money “for patients who… need new treatments for their cancer. Or for my patient who has to decide between buying his family groceries and picking up his cancer drugs.” Read more.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. To mark the event, STL today interviewed AANP member Amy Pontius, who said, “The more people that you can get vaccinated and don’t continue to contract or pass on a disease or an illness, the  better off the whole community is.  We can get into what’s called a herd immunization where everyone around is basically immune to these diseases.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Denise Wilson, who was recently named associate dean for academics for Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN).  Dr. Wilson is also the project director for the $1.4 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant recently received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.

AANP member Deborah Burchfield received funding to provide a variety of health care services to patients on August 15 via a mobile health unit. The event increased access to care and included sick visits, follow-up appointments and referrals. Read the Central Maine article.

Nursing students at the University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences benefit from simulated health care interactions in a real setting using a robot named Sim Junior to emulate adult patients. AANP member Brandon King was quoted in an article, indicating that the nursing program is addressing a need for more primary health care providers in Oklahoma.

AANP member Dorothy Portillo was mentioned in an article about a clinic renovation project that will occur during National Health Center Week. According to the article, Portillo is the clinic’s “longest-serving volunteer and staff member” and among many experienced health care providers at the clinic.

Congratulations to AANP member Shannon Shuman who was recently honored as an Outstanding Alumni of Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. The annual honor recognizes contributions to the community or the college through leadership or volunteering. Learn more.

AANP member Angela Hamilton was quoted in an article about the dermatology practice she leads. The clinic treats all age groups. “As the largest organ of the body, the skin is vulnerable to a variety of adverse health conditions and diseases, some of which can be very serious,” Hamilton said. “The most threatening of these is skin cancer, which can be fatal if not treated properly.”

The University of Michigan-Flint recently received a $1.2 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant to support NP education. According to AANP member Dr. Connie Creech, who is director of nursing graduate programs at UM-Flint, students “…will receive both specialized education to care for rural populations and strong financial support to allow them to complete clinical placements in rural areas in Michigan. This will increase the pipeline of health care providers for rural populations in Michigan.” Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP member Alana Goo-Frazier was highlighted in a local news article that described ways physical fitness has impacted her life and her role as a nurse practitioner. “I enjoy an active lifestyle, especially since I promote it to my patients. It’s something that’s important to me,” Goo-Frazier said.

Tips to prevent and recognize heatstroke were offered by AANP member Sara Domeyer in a local news article. Domeyer suggested that readers avoid being outside during the hottest afternoon hours. Domeyer added, “If you’re going to have to work out in the heat, make sure you take frequent breaks, increase the amount of fluid that you intake, and just really watch out for the signs of the heat stroke.”

AANP member Lori Edwards traveled with Washburn University nursing students to Guatemala for a two-week health care mission trip. Six doctoral and 12 undergraduate students participated in the program. According to an article that quoted Edwards, “She said some of the more common complaints reported by the group’s indigenous Mayan patients included skin problems, upper-respiratory infections, diabetes, vision and dental problems, parasites, arthritis and high blood pressure.”

Nurse practitioners work with patients to provide a holistic model of care. For example, an article about the expansion of a community health center to provide patients with a range of health care services, including dental and mental health care quoted AANP member Ann Feser.

Congratulation to AANP member and University of South Carolina College (USC) of Nursing’s Associate Dean for Practice Dr. Stephanie Burgess who was awarded a U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant of nearly $1 million with support of the SC Promise Zone to increase the number of primary care Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) in South Carolina’s rural areas. According to Dr. Burgess, the 21 FNPs completing the most recent FNP training program at USC are now all serving rural communities or underserved populations. Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Alvin Mena Cantero is an AANP member and Cuban refugee who provides health care for underserved populations around the world. Cantero serves as a preceptor for NP students and provides home health visits in rural areas of Texas with a mobile clinic. In an article about his impressive role as a nurse practitioner, Cantero said, “Our impact on the community has grown by distributing information on vaccinations, risk factor management, and the importance of early detection of chronic diseases,” Cantero says. “We publish in English and Spanish through La Nota Houston, letting families know the importance of proper primary healthcare and prevention.”

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about ways to avoid diabetes product scams. “Health products and supplements not backed by the FDA do not undergo the same rigorous studies, and because they are sold as supplements, their manufacturers can make claims not supported by scientific evidence, Ferrara says. Additionally, the ingredients in supplements or similar nutritional products may vary widely from brand to brand.”

“If someone is being treated for a chronic disease like diabetes, it can be depressing,” AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch told the Lansing City Pulse in an article about a partnership to increase access to mental health care. “What nursing is about is about making sure you address the needs of the whole person.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Julie Marfell who was honored as a distinguished alumna of Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, IL. “I became a family nurse practitioner to help address the issue of access to primary care, and I became an educator for the same reason,” Dr. Marfell said.  “I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the education of many nurse practitioners at both Rush University and Frontier Nursing University, and of nurse-midwives while at Frontier.  Seeing the alumni out there making a difference by providing health care in their communities is what makes me proud, and I am proud of their accomplishments.” Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Versie Johnson Mallard was among the authors of an article in the Huffington Post titled “How Repealing the Affordable Care Act Threatens Women, Families, and Health.” According to the authors, “All of these bills are an attack on women’s health and would have a disproportionate impact on low-income women and women of color. They would compromise America’s 3.6 million nurses’ ability to do their jobs and deliver high-quality, safe and efficient care.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Debra Barksdale and Dr. Demetrius Porche, who are among 14 nursing educators being inducted into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education this year. Read the press release.

“As health care and the disciplines of psychiatry and addictions continue to evolve, personalized medicine will become more and more the norm. Advanced practice nurses have an opportunity to serve in a critical and leading role during this emerging period by adding pharmacogenetic testing to assist in streamlining psychotropic medication options for their patients,” AANP member Laura Leahy wrote in “The Value of Genetic Testing to Psychiatric Nursing.” According to Leahy, “My extensive connection to pharmacy and pharmaceutical agents, and psychotropic medications in particular, is why I have embraced pharmacogenetic testing for patients who present with complex diagnostic issues and for whom various trials of medications have failed to provide symptom relief and emotional stability.”

AANP member Paula Glass was pictured in a Newsweek article about ways to reduce the costs of health care goods and services. According to the article, “For $57.8 billion annually – less than half of one percent of our current health care spend – a host of social investments, all health-producing in themselves, could be made.”

Congratulations to Francis Marion University’s (FMU) School of Health Sciences for receiving a $1 million Health Resources Service Administration’s (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant to provide scholarship and academic support for nurse practitioner students. AANP member Deborah Hopla is director for FMU’s NP program. “FMU is committed to bringing quality healthcare to this state and this region,” Hopla said in a press release. “The Nurse Practitioner program is a big part of that. FNPs are, and will be, a critical part of the health care delivery in the future, in especially in underserved areas.”

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing received a $1.3 million ANEW grant from HRSA to  “support efforts to prepare advanced-practice nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. With the grant, the academic-practice partnership between the Georgia Southern School of Nursing and the five health centers will help increase the number and readiness of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP) graduates to care for rural and underserved populations.” Learn more.

A HRSA grant in the amount of $1.3 million was also awarded to Washington State University College of Nursing to help improve access to health care in Eastern Washington. “We know from educational research that students trained in clinics that provide care to underserved people are more likely to practice in those clinics after graduation,” AANP member Janet Purath, project director and associate professor in the college of nursing, said in a press release.

An Extraordinary Healer Essay in Cure Today honored AANP member Dr. Mary Smania for her work to reduce barriers to cancer care. According to the essay, “Efforts to improve care and reach underserved populations are being accomplished through the use of an interprofessional team led by a nurse practitioner using expertise within the health care team, in the community and through marketing and social media.”

“When a patient leaves our practice, I hope that they have the right skill set, the right knowledge and the right attitude, so they can cope with their chronic disease,” AANP member Delmar Imperial Aubin said in a local news article about the growing number of visits to nurse practitioners. One patient said about visits to her nurse practitioner, “She makes me comfortable. It’s always quick and fast. I never have to wait long.”

Diabetes Self Management (DSM) mentioned a study on the importance of screening diabetes patients for depression that was presented by AANP members Dr. Kristel McGhee and Dr. Katherine Kenny at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia. Read the DSM article.

AANP member Lindsey Turner was quoted in a local news article offering tips to keep people healthy during high temperatures. “Anytime that you’re having symptoms that are concerning, light headedness especially altered mental status, persistent muscle cramps or persistent vomiting. Anything like that you should definitely get checked out,” said Turner.

In the “Point/Counterpoint” section of the latest issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), AANP member Bernadette Sosnowski argued that NPs can refocus on improving patient care, care quality and patient outcomes after ensuring appropriate staffing and reasonable provider/patient ratios. However, AANP Fellow Dr. Susan Apold said that rather than seeking answers from legislators, NPs can analyze staffing issues and develop solutions that meet the needs of each setting. Read their discussion.

Congratulations to AANP member Emelin Martinez who was recently named chief medical officer for Valley-Wide Health Systems in Alamosa, Colorado. The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) offers comprehensive care including dental care, physical therapy, behavioral health care and other services integrated with medical care to improve overall health. Read the press release.

AANP member Krystal Sherrill was quoted in a local news article about the diabetes clinic where she works to educate and care for patients. The clinic offers a unique program to help cover some costs for patients who are uninsured.

Transitioning from pediatric to adult care can be stressful for patients, according to AANP member Christie Leath. In a local news article, Leath said, “To help create a smooth transition, coordinate responsibilities between the patient, family and provider so that they support and encourage the adolescent to assume adult roles and activities. It’s essential to encourage the youth to take responsibility for their own care and decision making early, so they feel comfortable advocating for themselves once they are on their own.”

Congratulations to the Jamaica Association of Nurse Practitioners (JANP) for celebrating 40 years of the NP role on the island. JANP has been a member of AANP since 2013. Dr. Cindy Cooke, Immediate Past President of AANP, and AANP Fellow Dr. Madrean Schober spoke at the event and are mentioned in this article about AANP members abroad.

The Huffington Post published “Six Tips for a Healthier, More Relaxing Summer” by AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke. Drink up! Cooke recommends increasing intake of water, fruits and vegetables to stay hydrated. Read her other tips. Cooke offered readers of 30 Seconds five ways to help their families hack the summer heat, and Cooke’s article on SheKnows provided “Six Healthy Living Tips for Moms Who Need a Summer Break Too.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations to AANP Fellow, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2017 Sharp Cutting Edge Award at the AANP 2017 National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. Melnyk is vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean and professor of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. Read more.

“Hospitalization rates plummeted 61 percent, and emergency room visits fell 64 percent among a group of patients who received home visits from nurse practitioners and graduate students during a six-month period in 2016,” according to a University of Rhode Island College of Nursing study funded by a three-year $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Public Health Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). AANP Fellow Dr. Denise Coppa used the grant funds to “advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes through enhanced primary care for the medically underserved.” Read the press release.

AANP members (and twin sisters) Becki Sutter and Carrie Sutter are co-founders of health clinics that help patients in underserved areas reach their wellness goals. “We’re almost a safety net to the safety net,” Becki Sutter said. “We give them care, get them out of the emergency room, and, hopefully, over time get them into a more secure situation by empowering them.” “We look at the factors that determine health,” Carrie Sutter said. “Food insecurity, homelessness risk, transportation issues, job insecurity, those sorts of things.” Read more.

Congratulations to Washington State University and AANP member Dr. Janet Purath, who were awarded a two-year, $1.3 million grant from HRSA to educate nurse practitioners and prepare them to increase access to primary care in rural areas. “We know from educational research that students trained in clinics that provide care to underserved people are more likely to practice in those clinics after graduation,” said Purath, and this project supports that notion.” Read more.

Forbes magazine named Penn Medicine one of the best employers in the United States, and AANP member Maria Molina explained to The Daily Pennsylvanian why Penn Medicine is one of the nation’s best places to work. Molina said, “You come to work not just to ‘survive’ your job. It’s to survive and grow, because Penn has this culture of excellence.”

AANP members Dr. Sharon Chalmers and Erin Turner were mentioned in an article about their involvement in study abroad mission trips that provide health care to patients in underserved areas of the world. “The most exciting and most terrifying part is you never know what’s going to walk through the door,” Turner said.

Weight is an important wellness factor, according to AANP member Sonya Gilson, who was quoted in an article about the relationship between weight and health. “In a quest for health and wellness,” Gilson recommended “not focusing on the number on the scale but how do you feel? How do your clothes fit? How are you functioning during the day? Is that improving?” Gilson said, “You’re worth making the healthy choices. You’re worth taking care of yourself.”

Ticks and tick-borne illnesses were the topic of an article that quoted AANP member Dr. Amy Johnson. Prevent tick-borne illness by treating pets for ticks and checking yourself regularly. “Use bug spray, wear long pants and avoid high grass areas,” Johnson recommended.

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 L. Edwards and AANP members Dr. Judith Kutzleb, Dr. Sheryl Slonim, Dr. Lacey Troutman-Buckler and Dr. Vicky Turner were quoted in an article about the ways APRNs improve quality outcomes and costs of health care. Read more.

Congratulations to 20 AANP members listed below, including 16 AANP Fellows, who are among the American Academy of Nursing’s 2017 Class of New Fellows. An induction ceremony will be held in October. Read the press release.

  • Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC
  • Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Sandra Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, ANEF
  • Theresa Campo, DNP, RN, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP
  • Valerie T. Cotter, DrNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP
  • Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Elizabeth A. Downes, DNP, MPH, APRN, NP-C, CNE, FAANP
  • Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP
  • Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP
  • Anne Christine Floyd Koci, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP
  • Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
  • Sheila Drake Melander, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP
  • Kymberlee A. Montgomery, DNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
  • Jamesetta A. Newland, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP
  • Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP
  • Diane Todd Pace, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP
  • Elda Ramirez, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, FAEN
  • Kate Sheppard, PhD, RN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
  • Shari L. Simone, DNP, CPNP-AC, PPCNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP
  • Julee B. Waldrop, DNP, CRNP, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP

AANP member Karen Pekle was recognized in a New York Post article describing her extraordinary efforts to help a cancer patient. Pekle was named Nurse of the Year by Hotel Keys of Hope. It was the first time the American Cancer Society honored an oncology nurse in a nationwide competition,” the Post indicated.

Susanne Meaney, an AANP member, offered tips to help people in Pensacola, FL, avoid heat related illnesses. Hydration, a healthy diet, and safety precautions related to hot cars were among her suggestions. Read more.

AANP member CDR Catherine McDonald “has been on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and has served more than 30 years, including her time in the reserves. As a U.S. Navy nurse practitioner, McDonald does primary care, preventative care, dental care and sometimes behavioral health care. Much of her job also consists of collaborating with other medical providers where she is stationed on areas from supplies to communication.” Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Cindy Munro who was appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Read the press release.

Spotlight on NPs

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

“AANP has always empowered NPs to serve patients everywhere through not only practice but also education, research, advocacy and leadership,” AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick told the Observer-Reporter. “I look forward to working with our members nationwide to champion patient access to high-quality, affordable, NP-provided health care.”

Dr. David LaFevers, AANP Missouri State Representative, was quoted in an article about nursing shortages in his state. The article cites a 2017 report by the Missouri Hospital Association, which indicates that “the shortage of nurses in Missouri hospitals are at an all-time high.” The number of nurses reaching retirement age, a geographical proximity rule, and a desire for full practice authority were listed among the factors contributing to the shortage.

In an Op-Ed published by The Hill, AANP member Dr. Melissa Kalensky and Dr. Mona Shattell discussed the role health plans play in the opioid epidemic. According to Kalensky and Shattell, in addition to patients, clinicians and pharmaceutical companies, “there is another important factor at play, that is, private insurance companies, and public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, which regulate what medications providers can prescribe.”

Congratulations to AANP members Roxanne Stephens and Robert Hoadley – a mother and son who recently graduated together, earning master’s of science in nursing degrees from Maryville University. “I had thought about becoming a nurse practitioner off and on for a long time, but kept telling myself I couldn’t do it. Robert talked me into doing this program with him…” Stephens said. Read more.

Dr. Michele Talley was recognized at the AANP 2017 National Conference with the State Award for NP Excellence in Alabama. Talley initiated a partnership with a large urban hospital to provide diabetes care to uninsured patients. “Under Talley’s leadership, the PATH Clinic has had significant impact on hundreds of Alabamians who might not otherwise have access to such care while saving UAB Hospital more than $1.5 million.” Read the press release.

Tammy Lo, an AANP member, was mentioned in an article about research her team is conducting, which is related to a link between diabetes and pancreatic cancer.  According to the article, “Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal of human malignancies, with five-year survival rates of only eight percent. It is on a trajectory to become the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. by 2020.”

Congratulations to AANP member Diane Baptista, who was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year Circle. Baptista received this honor as a result of her leadership in health care. Read the press release.

AANP member Amber Schmitz shared why “sunburn, bug bites and poison ivy don’t have to ruin summer fun” in the “Ask a Doctor” column of the Herald Times Reporter. Read Schmitz’s advice to protect skin and treat common skin irritations.

The importance of hydration was discussed by AANP member Caitlyn Boudreaux in a local news article. “People normally don’t realize that they are starting to get dehydrated,” Boudreaux said. “You can start having confusion, dizziness, light-headedness, start having very decreased urine output, things like that – vomiting, diarrhea – anything like that.”

Congratulations to AANP member Anna Skripnik Lucas, who was honored with an Extraordinary Healer essay for her work implementing standards of care in radiation dermatitis prevention. According to a physician colleague who authored the essay, “Anna’s leadership and professionalism are exceptional, and she is a truly outstanding individual. She is systematic, yet creative, in her approach to patient care delivery, and uses her superior clinical judgment to tailor to the needs of each patient. It is clear that Anna continually strives to better herself as a nurse and contribute to the nursing discipline. Her dedication to improving patient care is extraordinary.”

“Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the general population,” according to AANP member Monica Livers. A local news article detailed depression statistics, symptoms and treatment options.

Changes associated with aging were discussed by AANP member Kimberly Owens in an article for SC Now. Skin care and hydration were among the topics highlighted.

Brenda Carney, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about treating chronic pain patients with medical marijuana. “Since there’s been an explosion of opiate overdose and overuse and trouble nationwide, we really felt that one of the best things for us to do was to be able to proceed with this medical marijuana instead,” Carney said.

AANP member Diane Waddell was featured in a news article about her faith-based advocacy work related to climate change.


Spotlight on NPs

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

In his regular column for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices Column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens addressed men’s health issues during Men’s Health Month. According to Dickens, “Categorically, African American men are the unhealthiest of all Americans. Threats that disproportionately affect all men like heart disease, stroke and cancer are impacting African American men earlier in their lives, resulting in more complications and more serious problems down the line, including higher mortality rates.” Dickens offered four ways men can fight back.

National HIV Testing Day increased awareness of the importance and ease of HIV testing. According to AANP member Sarah Knorr, “There’s great treatment for HIV now, including medication that can help an individual lead a full and complete life for the most part. At this time, there’s no cure, but there’s excellent medications to treat it.” Learn more.

Tavell Kindall, an AANP member, was quoted in a local news report about the prevalence of HIV in Louisiana. Kindall discussed the importance of testing and mentioned a new drug prescribed for prevention of the virus.

AANP member Lisanna Gonzalez was mentioned in an article published by the New York Times about the relationship between fear of deportation and the health of undocumented immigrants and their children. According to the article, an 8 year-old patient experienced physical symptoms related to fear of her parents being deported.

A Newsweek article by Robert Reich pictured AANP member Paula Glass and detailed Reich’s evaluation of “Trumpcare.” Glass provides patients health checkups at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

NPs lead and give back to their communities in a number of ways. For example, AANP member Karen Hawes fixes old bicycles with spare parts and gives the repaired bikes to children who need them. “I have no idea what got me into this, but I’ve always been open to going down other roads,” Hawes said. “There was a need for it, so I started do it.” Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Marianne Hutti led research and development of a new app that “makes scoring of the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale (PGIS) easier, predicting patients at greatest risk for intense grief after perinatal loss, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant within 28 days after birth.” Read more about her research and the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale app.

A study in the American Journal of Critical Care explores PTSD susceptibility in NPs and PAs, and it quotes AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke.  Read the following recent blogs by Dr. Cooke:

Coverage from the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia

We are pleased to share that AANP inaugurated a new president at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania native Dr. Joyce Knestrick officially assumed responsibility as president for the organization on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Dr. Knestrick succeeded Dr. Cindy Cooke, who served as AANP president for two years and is now AANP Immediate Past President. Read AANP’s press release.

“Our nation is struggling with opioid abuse, and nurse practitioners are an active part of the solution,” said AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick. “More than 4,500 nurse practitioners will have access to exceptional training at this conference that they can employ with their patients at home, and that is a huge step in the right direction in the fight against opioid abuse nationwide.” Read AANP’s press release.

Several media outlets reported onsite. Below are several of the articles. Click on the outlet names below for their full coverage.

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  • Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care in the Spotlight at AANP – “Our conference theme this year is Nurse Practitioners Revolutionize Health Care, and that says a lot about how NPs are changing things for healthcare in the United States,” said AANP Fellow and Conference Chair Susan VanBeuge. AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, who is a member of the organizing committee said, “Preceptors don’t get anything monetarily, but they get satisfaction that they’re able to give back to the profession. It behooves us as NPs to teach and train the next generation of NPs coming behind us.”
  • Assumptions Blind Practitioners to Human Trafficking“Worldwide, there are 30 million victims of human trafficking, and there are 800,000 new victims each year, AANP Texas (S) State Representative Jessica Peck told Medscape. “Once recruited into trafficking, the average life expectancy of a victim is only 7 years, so we want to rescue them quickly.” According to the article, “An estimated 87% of rescued trafficking victims had at least one encounter with a healthcare provider during captivity, but they were not recognized as victims.”
  • Hospital Visits by Nurse Practitioners Prevent Readmission“When older patients are visited in the hospital by a nurse practitioner, rates of readmission in the 30 days after discharge can be reduced dramatically in this vulnerable population, according to a pilot study” by AANP member Katie Wingate.

AANP 2017 Specialty & Leadership Conference

Visit the AANP website for updated information.

Three Reasons You Can’t Miss This Conference

  • Great networking opportunities
  • Four expert-led tracks
    • Business/Health Policy/Leadership
    • Acute Care
    • Obesity/Diabetes
    • Pain Management/Opioid Use Disorder
  • Up to 21.25 contact hours of CE credit (subject to change)

Register today

Registration Rates

  • Members:
    • NP  $475
    • Associate  $475
    • Student  $350
    • Post- Masters Student  $350
    • Career Starter  $350
    • Retired $350

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Fabulous Location – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

  • Nine Exceptional Restaurants – Authentic Chinese and handmade Italian specialties, mouthwatering steaks and chops, fresh seafood and sushi, and café classics
  • Spa & Salon Toscana – A three story, 33,000 square foot sanctuary of luxury and tranquility, with full service salon, indoor pool, boutique, sundeck and secret garden
  • Fitness and Pools – A 9,000 square foot fitness center and two sparkling geothermally heated pools featuring a cascading waterfall and poolside bar
  • Nighttime Enjoyment – 15 bars and lounges offer an array of nightlife choices from dancing at the high energy EDGE nightclub to warming up by the fire pit or plush booths of the Fireside Lounge
  • Casino – 24/7 gaming action at the Peppermill casino

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Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP member Mike MacKinnon is a CRNA/FNP working in rural Arizona providing independent anesthesia, pain and family practice services to an underserved area. He recently had Senator Jeff Flake shadow him. Read Sen. Flake’s editorial in The Hill. Congressman Tom O’Halleran also shadowed MacKinnon. Pictures from both events are below.

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In appreciation of the help Sheridan Health Center gave AANP member Lt. Col. Robin Duncan while she was studying to become a nurse practitioner, Duncan presented the clinic with “a flag that was flown in its honor during Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Read more about Duncan’s service and how the clinic played an important role in her success.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Udo Ariwodo, who was selected to join the Nursing Board of the American Health Council. According to a press release, Ariwodo will draw upon more than two decades of experience to share her knowledge and expertise related to nursing, assessment and research.

AANP member Dr. Sherril Sego wrote an article for the Clinical Challenge column of Clinical Advisor that detailed “An Unusual Pelvic Mass in a 43-Year-Old Woman.” See what Sego discovered in this intriguing case.

Congratulations to AANP member Andrea Krispin who was named a Governor’s Teaching Fellow by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.  According to a press release from Valdosta State University, “the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program provides higher education faculty members from accredited public and private colleges and universities across Georgia with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.”

AANP member Karen Macey-Stewart received Overlook Medical Center’s Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse Award, which is given annually to the center’s best and brightest staff members. Read the press release.