Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick authored several blogs on current health topics.

Dr. Cindy Cooke, AANP Immediate Past President, also wrote several blogs on current health issues.

Six steps were provided by AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens to relieve your overworked and underappreciated kidney. According to Dickens, “…your kidneys work tirelessly to process 200 quarts of blood every day, separating the good stuff from the bad and extracting roughly two quarts of waste and water. Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of blood in your body and in the process, control fluid levels and produce hormones that stimulate red blood cell production and regulate blood pressure.” Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Baker Dr. Baker was recently profiled by Modern Hero –  a new television series that “celebrates women who are shattering glass ceilings, both in their careers and in the world.” Watch the inspiring video to learn more about Baker, her amazing life and the positive impact she is making.

Congratulations to AANP member Maurice Graham was selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. Graham was featured in a local news article that highlighted his path to becoming a nurse practitioner. He served 22 years in the military and was the Director of Nursing for the Executive Medicine Department at one time. Graham said, “I had the great privilege of taking care of all the White House dignitaries, congressmen, and the vice president.”

Nurse practitioners often set healthy examples for their patients, and AANP member Caiti Kean is certainly practicing what she preaches. According to a local news article about Kean, after losing 100 pounds as a teen, she continued exercising and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon. Of running, Kean said, “Some days it’s great. Some days it’s a struggle. There are some days when the last thing I want to do is get up at 4 a.m. in 20 degree weather and run 10 miles.”

Jeff R. Buntin, an AANP member, was quoted in a local news article about adopting a healthy lifestyle to fight diabetes. Buntin shared common symptoms of diabetes and stressed the importance of exercising and making healthy food choices.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Dawn Nahrstedt, who was recently appointed to the American Health Council’s Board of Nurses. According to a press release about the honor, “Dr. Nahrstedt provides high-quality and compassionate care to each patient she treats… applies skills and expertise in nursing, chronic disease management, geriatrics and preventative care.”

A new telehealth program in Ohio was featured in a local news article and quoted AANP member Candy Rinehart. “Services will include more than basic health and wellness screening,” according to the article. “The program also allows access to mental health nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and other providers to support total patient care.”

Helping children avoid injuries during sports season begins with getting a physical, according to AANP member Cami Kesler. Warming up and using proper equipment were also among the tips she shared with readers.

Congratulations to AANP member Lori Economos, who was recently named Christina School District Nurse of the Year. According to a press release, Economos turned down the opportunity to be recognized multiple times, so administrators surprised her with the honor this year.

AANP member Leslie Moore was featured in an article about telehealth. Moore said patients appreciate the convenience and patient-centered aspects of virtual urgent care visits.

A fire district in Washington state is introducing a new home care program. AANP member and fire commissioner Virginia Lester was quoted in an article about the new program, which is designed to increase access to care for patients.

Congratulations to AANP Region 9 Director Dr. Karen Ketner, who was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Leadership Group. See the full list of awardees.

Congratulations to AANP member Katie Marker, who was recently named to the Union County Health Board in Indiana. AANP member Paulette Worcester also serves on the board. Read more.

An article about University of North Georgia family nurse practitioner students and faculty who traveled to Belize to care for patients in remote villages, mentioned AANP members Audra Vaughters, Tammy Martin, Lesa Parker and Dr. Deborah Dumphy. According to the article, the week-long trip “combined health care relief with the implementation of a research project titled, “Does an International Medical Mission Trip Enhance Cultural Competency in Health care Providers?”

Diabetes can be prevented or controlled, according to an article by AANP member Elizabeth Findley-Knapp. “Here is the good news,” Findley-Knapp said. “Patients can often cut their risk of diabetes by more than half.”

AANP members John Armbruster and Sheila Armbruster recently opened a new clinic in Missouri after learning that the clinic where Sheila worked was abruptly closing. The new primary care clinic was up and running within a week. Read 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. Teri Moser Woo, who is the new director of the RN-to-BSN nursing program at Saint Martin’s University. “Dr. Woo brings in a wealth of experience in program development and management, strong relationships in the nursing education community, and a passion for the role of nursing education at a Catholic university. I am very excited about her joining us and look forward to the growth of this program in the near future,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of the Arts and Sciences. Read the press release.

For Patient Safety Awareness Week, AANP member Dr. Nicholas Carte co-authored an article on patient safety that was published by Southern New Hampshire University. The article lists communication and culture as primary factors and encourages clinicians to promote an ongoing dialogue with patients. Polypharmacy as a safety concern for older patients was also discussed.

A Home Health Care News article about developing a business case for palliative and community-based care quoted AANP member Rachel Cardoza. The article described steps one health system took to increase patients’ access to care and indicated that “Proving the business case for offering palliative care in addition to other services could help provide a pathway for wider access and funding in the future.”

AANP member Elisabeth Volpert is “determined to increase primary care access and improve health outcomes,” according to an article by the University of Louisville. “Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen patients turned away because of a lack of primary care providers,” Volpert said. “There is a great opportunity for advanced practice nurses – who are highly educated and equipped to provide evidence-based primary care – to fill that gap.”

A new at-home DNA breast cancer test may not provide patients a complete analysis of their risk, according to an article that quoted AANP member Elisabeth King. “About half the patients we follow for high-risk actually have negative genetic testing,” King said, “but they still have this concerning family history that we can’t explain. We’re still worried about you even though we haven’t found the thing causing all of the cancer in your family.”


Spotlight on NPs

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

A U.S. News & World Report article about more NPs practicing in low income areas quoted AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick, who said recent findings by the University of Michigan “reinforce what we’ve seen across the 22 states that have modernized regulations to allow patients direct access to nurse practitioner care.” Knestrick indicated that nurse practitioners head to where they are needed most. Knestrick was also interviewed by Daily Nurse and shared her insights for those interested in pursing a career as a nurse practitioner. In her blog for 30 Seconds, Knestrick discussed a heart-healthy lifestyle and offered five tips to keep hearts healthy year-round.

AANP Texas (S) State Representative Dr. Jessica Peck also serves as Chair of the Alliance for Care Coordination of Children in Human Trafficking, an effort of the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Partners for Vulnerable Youth. Peck participated in a radio media tour to promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and reached an audience of more than 4.3 million people. Below are two selections from her media tour.

Approximately 87 percent of human trafficking survivors “were seen by health care providers while they were under the control of their traffickers, and 63 percent had been to the emergency department,” according to a recent blog by AANP member Sherri Mason. “Emergency departments are at the heart of a hospital’s response to [human] trafficking, but the most successful programs take an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach in their planning and implementation,” Mason indicated.

Congratulations to AANP member Vanessa Falwell, who was recently appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Health. Falwell said, “I am very honored to be entrusted with a position that I know affects the citizens of Arkansas. As a member of the State Board of Health, I will be able to give input on promoting better standards of health care.” Read more.

Is it depression, or just the winter blahs? AANP member Tracy Flynn explained in an Op-Ed for her local newspaper that only approximately half of people with depression have been diagnosed. According to Flynn, if people have symptoms that include “sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration,” they should visit a health care provider.

Laura Mason’s NP-led clinic was featured in a local news article. According to the article, the AANP member was “was one of the area’s first independent nurse practitioner in eastern Idaho. She was one of the first to offer bioidentical, plant based, hormones for hormonal therapy; and she was one of the first to offer platelet-rich plasma sexual therapies for woman and men in the area.” Read more.

AANP member Debby Greenlaw was featured in a local news article that described the new adventure she and her husband have begun. Weaving heritage into new hobbies, the Greenlaw’s are growing herbs and weaving and dying textiles in their “second act.”

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who recently received one of 27 Albuquerque Business First’s Women of Influence Awards. According to a press release, Lt. Col. Mocha Robinson, commander of the 377th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, presented Peacock’s award to her. Peacock served 13 years as a member of the U.S. Army Nursing Corps.

Minnesota is struggling through its worst flu season in ten years. In a local news article about influenza, AANP member Gwen Verchota shared habits that people should practice to remain healthy.

Spotlight on NPs

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

The 30 Seconds blog site recently featured articles on influenza and heart health from AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick and AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke. Read the articles below:

“Healthcare is an extremely personal experience,” said Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article about meeting the nursing demand through diversity. Knestrick said, “Patients want to have a relationship with their provider and cultural connections can help patients feel more comfortable in discussing their health concerns and issues.” The article also indicated that “For the past decade, the nursing profession has made diversity a priority. While the numbers in the profession… do not yet mirror the general population of the United States… solid efforts and strategies are at work to facilitate change.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Neiheisel, who will receive the Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award at the Lafayette’s Women’s Leadership Conference at the University of Louisiana next month. Learn more about the honor.

AANP member Jill Williams was quoted in an article about a new wireless heart monitor that is helping patients with congestive heart failure. According to Williams, patients should be educated about proper nutrition and “…how they need to take their medications. (Patients need) to adhere to a low-salt, or even a no-salt diet… If you eat a bunch of salt, you’re going to hang onto water. And when your heart is weak, it can’t handle the same volume that a normal person does.”

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Samantha Pehl, who was selected as an honoree in the 2018 DFW Great 100 Nurses Celebration. Pehl said, “I am honored by this recognition because I highly respect and admire the nurse who nominated me. I join a group of strong, passionate and powerful professionals. It is so gratifying to know I have touched so many in a positive manner.” Read more.

Cynthia White, an AANP member, helps lead a team that uses advanced stem-cell therapy to repair damaged joints and cartilage. According to an article about the clinic, “By injecting living stem cells, health professionals can stimulate the regrowth of cartilage that cushions bones at their joints, all without complicated surgeries or medications that merely mask the symptoms of joint deterioration.”

AANP member Suzanne Ehler was quoted in a local news article about a program she participated in to educate elementary school students about nutrition and CPR during American Heart Month. According to Ehler, “Students are very engaged, seem very excited to learn. These students are picking up the compressions pretty quickly, something is better than nothing.”

Congratulations to AANP member Nancy Uhland, who was recently awarded the American Association of Kidney Patients 2018 Medal of Excellence Award in the nursing category. According to an article about the recognition, “Uhland said her goal is to provide direct patient care and empower patients to be their own advocates. She said her passion for kidney health started as early as 1997, when she received her master’s degree and family practitioner degree at Georgetown University.” Uhland said, “Advancing my career was fully based on how I could have an even bigger voice for patient care. Direct patient care is key.”

“Small lifestyle changes make a big difference to improve your overall heart health, even after you have been diagnosed with heart disease,” according to AANP member Theresa Krueger-Junk. In an article during American Heart Month, Krueger-Junk listed seven major risk factors for heart health. Learn more about those factors and ways symptoms may vary depending on gender.

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick recently appeared on the local Fox Morning Show in Baltimore and discussed ways for viewers to achieve better health in 2018. Watch the segment.

An article in The Economist titled “Occupational licensing blunts competition and boosts inequality: How high earning professions lock their competitors out of the market”  featured AANP Fellow Deborah Varnam, who discussed inefficiencies and costs associated with collaborative agreements.

AANP Fellow Dr. Angela Golden was interviewed by Diabetes in Control about obesity in people over the age of 65. Listen to part one of the interview.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, who Vanderbilt University recently named the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. Endowed chairs are the highest honor a university can award its faculty. Learn more.

Flu season is still in the news. AANP Montana State Representative Keven Comer discussed flu shot guidance for children and babies with reporters from a local news station. Learn more.

AANP member George Markwardt was quoted in an article that encouraged vigilance when fighting influenza.  Markwardt encouraged people to get vaccinated and said, “We still find folks that have gotten the flu vaccine are having milder symptoms and aren’t requiring hospitalization.” According to the article, “symptom management, prompt diagnosis and proper hand-washing remain crucial to preventing the spread of the flu.”

House calls are making a comeback in Colorado, according to an article that quoted AANP member Jaclyn Henkhaus. Flu-related calls were almost half of her visits in the past two months, Henkhaus reported, and she encouraged readers to practice good hygiene and get the flu vaccine.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Taaka Cash, who was a recipient of the 2018 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Awards. Learn more.

Barbershops in Cincinnati helped educate people about heart health during American Heart Month. AANP member Katherine D. Simpson was quoted in an article about the initiative and said, “A lot of times, people wait until it’s too late to get a simple check-up. We feel our body telling us something, for years, that something is wrong and yet, we still ignore it. Partnering with local barbershops that are actively involved in health promotion and general well-being is one way to support individual health and healthy communities.”

In an article about heart disease being a hazard in the military, AANP member U.S. Army Major Susan Hopper said, “As the Army moves toward improving its operational fitness and readiness, we need to be mindful of the total Soldier. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women and stroke is #2. …I have noticed an increase in requests for Soldiers to be placed in a Warrior Transition Unit because of sudden cardiac events during physical training as well as strokes. This is a major concern as the Army’s focus is on readiness.”

AANP member Wendy Beckmann was quoted in a local news article about heart disease symptoms. People may experience symptoms that are less well known, according to Beckmann, who said, “I talk about people not having the thing that we call the Hollywood heart attack. When they’re clutching their chest and they fall to the ground, and it’s a very big dramatic scene.” What’s more common, Beckmann said, is  “discomfort, shortness of breath and fatigue.”

Also during American Heart Month, AANP member Pauletta Hummel participated in a public education event to help raise awareness of the causes, treatment and prevention of heart failure. Learn more.

AANP member Alex Hacker was quoted in an article that explored reasons more women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are at risk for heart disease. The article indicated that CVS Minute Clinics are offering free screenings every Wednesday in February.

Healthcare for the uninsured was the topic of a podcast that featured AANP member Ellen MullarkeyListen at the 12:57 minute mark to hear Mullarkey.

AANP member Dr. Patricia M. Speck specializes in forensic nursing and sexual violence, and she shared important safety tips related to dating in a recent article.  Speck urged readers to “Pay attention to …behavior signals in your partner so you can protect yourself, and escape if you are in a violent relationship now.”

A nursing home in Missouri was recognized by the Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence for its low rates of antipsychotic use. According to a local news article about the achievement, “The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012 established a national goal of reducing the use of anti psychotic medications in nursing home residents and using other approaches that are safer and more effective.” The article indicated that AANP member Lisa Wilson “led the team with regard to decreased antipsychotic use.”

Congratulations to AANP member Lisa Sellers, who was recently named the Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast Associate of the Year. Learn more.

AANP member Maj. Brando Jobity was quoted in an article about the 117th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. Maj. Jobity said, “This is a very historical day for me. It represents what the Army Nurse Corps offers, the accomplishments we have made, and how we contribute to the strength of the military every day.”

Palliative care is a misunderstood treatment option, according to an article that featured AANP member Susan Lyons. The article cleared up four common misconceptions of palliative care and highlighted ways it can help patients who are living with a life-limiting condition improve their quality of life.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Leslie Robbins, who recently received the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Thanks to hundreds of nurse practitioners who attended the AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5 and made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. A few pictures from the conference are included below, and many more may be found on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will make plans to join us at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver June 26 – July 1 and at the AANP 2019 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., February 3-5.

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Congratulations to AANP member Emily Cianchette, who will become the Chief of Medical Staff for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) in November. Cianchette will be the first non-physician to hold that position at EMHS. Cianchette said, “The medical staff is really focused on increasing the quality of care, following standard best practices, and trying to increase access to healthcare for all patients. I would like to see our providers work together to advance these initiatives.” AANP member Anne Perry was also quoted in the article.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke had two blogs recently published by 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, whose children’s book series, Nola the Nurse, was recognized by Best of New Orleans for highlighting women of color in health care and advocating for STEM education. According to Lawson-Baker, “We need to also focus on science and catch girls early. We need to get these girls used to the language and what’s involved in health care.”

CVS Health offered no cost heart health screenings in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. AANP member Dr. Angela Patterson was quoted in a press release about the screenings. According to Patterson, “Knowing your numbers is more important than ever, following recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association that indicate nearly half of Americans are at risk for major health problems as a result of high blood pressure. Knowing the numbers that may indicate risk not only allows someone to assess risk for heart disease and stroke, but it can determine what actions, if any, are needed to manage your risk.”

Dr. Lauren Havens, an AANP member, encouraged readers of her local newspaper to develop heart-healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle. Havens said, “Setting up heart healthy habits at a young age impacts future health. Maintaining a healthy weight, consuming heart healthy foods and exercising regularly can all significantly lower your chance of developing heart disease, and contributes to a longer and better quality life.” Read more.

AANP member Tammy Goda was interviewed about the importance of American Heart Month and said, 2200 people die every day of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more.

Strokes and aneurysms may not cause any symptoms for patients, prior to their occurrence, according to AANP member Allison Holt. The hospital where Holt works offers heart scans and vascular screenings, featured in a local news article during American Heart Month. Holt said, “What we’re trying to prevent is a major health care event that patients didn’t see coming. It’s important that patients remember that they are their only advocate and they need to be proactive in their own health care, take charge and take advantage of these screenings. It could save your life and it could save a friend’s life, just by recommending it.”

Christine Testa is an AANP member who spoke at a local heart health fair. Testa explained, “Overtime the emotional stress and not having a healthy outlet for your stress can lead to high blood pressure,” and she shared ways people can help manage stress. Learn more.

A new palliative care initiative is being spearheaded by AANP member Diane Schade. “Seeing someone in their home allows you access to critical firsthand information that you just can’t get in an office,” Schade said. “For instance, you get to see how [the patients] are living, what they eat, what drugs they’re taking, and better assess what their day-to-day needs are. All of that information is valuable from a clinical perspective and helps me determine the best course of treatment.” Learn more.

AANP member Virginia Lester was mentioned in a local news article about home health care visits offered by the Point Roberts, Washington, Fire Department. Lester will expand the level of care provided by the program and said, “There is a void here, and we are filling it.”

“In a county with no pediatricians, students and professors step into the gap,” according to a local news article that featured AANP member Dr. Tami Bland. “I can get a flu and strep out the door in 10 minutes,” Bland said, but once they’re in the office, it’s an opportunity to assess overall health and wellness. “We find the holes in children’s development and try to address that. It’s very rewarding,” Bland said. “The state of Tennessee has such a need … and I would love to see my students get out and go to these areas.”  The program was also covered by the University of Tennessee Daily Beacon.

Arnold Facklam, an AANP member, was quoted in an article that increased awareness of the symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). According to Facklam, patients may “start to notice things like there’s a lot of swelling in my legs or I seem congested all the time and it’s not in my throat.”

Congratulations to AANP member Theresa Gutierrez, who was appointed to the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. According to a press release, “Ms. Gutierrez brings an abundance of experience from spending 21 years working within the healthcare industry. She is equipped with skills in Family Medicine, Bariatrics, and Nursing Education.” Read more.

AANP member Dr. Cindy Weston was quoted in a local news article about influenza. According to Weston, “I think we keep hoping each week that we see our peak, and it hasn’t. Every week our numbers have continued to climb. I am seeing that although people with a flu shot may get influenza, it does seem to be a blunted case, so I would still recommend that.”

Another article about the flu quoted AANP member Donna Wright. “This season has been pretty rough. It’s been one of the worst I’ve seen in my 30 years of practice. People need to be vaccinated. It beats getting the flu. Trust me.”

Jocelyn Butler, an AANP member, was pictured in a Modern Healthcare article about a successful program one hospital implemented to help patients with heart failure.

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Spotlight on NPs

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

A U.S. News & World Report article quoted AANP member Cynthia Blevins, who discussed the importance of adjusting or eliminating medications if patients experience significant health and lifestyle changes that result in losing weight and reducing high blood pressure.

More than 200 women in Nicaragua received cervical cancer screenings thanks to AANP member Dr. Vanessa Jones and several of her students from the University of North Georgia. According to a press release, it was Jones’ fifth visit to Nicaragua. Jones said, “I love working in low-resource countries because there’s so much we can do to help others improve their health. Many women in these communities are reluctant to have cervical cancer screening due to lack of knowledge, fear or privacy concerns.” Jones worked with two nonprofits to mitigate those challenges.

AANP member Kim Ellingham was honored for helping to save the life of a young volleyball player who experienced a sudden cardiac arrest related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ellingham happened to be on site and used a defibrillator to restart the young man’s heart. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Michelle Peacock, who will be recognized next month as an Albuquerque Business First Women of Influence honoree. In a press release, Peacock described her advocacy efforts in support of the modernization New Mexico VA medical bylaws related to NP practice. (Subscription required for full press release.)

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

Nurse practitioners in Virginia are asking legislators to modernize laws related to NP practice in that state. Read letters to the editor by AANP members Phyllis Everett and Kimberly Bednar.

AANP member Abigail Maas was quoted in an article about the women’s health practice where she works. Maas described a recent shift in communication related to women’s health. “Years ago, you didn’t talk to your mom or your girlfriend about your periods” or other women’s health concerns, Maas said, but today, women are more willing to discuss their health histories, including hereditary cancers.

Nurse practitioners continue to be recognized for their efforts to provide care to patients in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. According to a Wichita State University article, AANP member Linda Bayless was among the members of a health care team who recently treated more than 1,600 patients during their 13-day stay.

AANP member Karen Wolf was quoted in an article about a march in which she participated. Wolf discussed her concerns about current health care policy, especially related to women and children, and said, “As a nurse/nurse practitioner, I am ethically bound to advocate for health promoting policies.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

AANP Fellow Dr. Stephanie Burgess was quoted in an article about a University of South Carolina clinic that helps increase access to care for patients in need. According to the article, “When the college’s clinic opened in the 1990s, it was the first nurse practitioner practice in South Carolina. Burgess estimates there are now more than 20 nurse-run clinics statewide.”

Nurse Educator published a study on the state of interprofessional education in nursing that was co-authored by AANP Fellow Dr. Lori Lioce. The authors wrote, “The aim of this systematic review was to investigate and synthesize research completed in the last 5 years (post IOM) to report the current state of the science related to IPE in nursing. Findings suggest that more studies with rigorous research designs are needed.” Access the full text article.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, who recently received a peer-nominated award from Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) — the 2017 Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Award. Pomarico-Denino was recognized for her work with the transgender community, precepting and volunteering. Learn more.

AANP member Katherine Crowder was quoted in an article about a clinic that is working to stop the spread of HIV and end stigmas associated with the virus. Crowder stressed the importance of educating patients and the general public, and she said, “In North Carolina, it’s estimated only 88 percent of people with HIV know their status. That means 12 percent of people with HIV in North Carolina do not realize they have it.”

Not many NPs were once diesel mechanics, but AANP member Don Bons was, according to a recent article. The clinic where he works is located in an area with few health care providers, and in the article, Bons described the importance of his role. “I take a lot of ownership in this clinic because I’m the only full-time provider here, and my goal is for UCHC to be more of a community partner. Our goal is if patients come in and really need something, we’re going to take care of them,” Bons said.

Tori Greving, an AANP member, has been leading efforts to build an Angel of Hope memorial garden to honor local children who pass away. According to an article about the garden, Greving lost a stillborn child late in her pregnancy and has found comfort in attending candlelight vigils held each Dec. 6 at Angel of Hope gardens. “With the loss that we had in 2004, it was the first time that I didn’t feel like I was the only one who had gone through what we went though,” Greving said. “I know the benefits. I just can’t wait to be able to share that” at Palmyra’s Angel of Hope garden.

The flu is still in the news, and AANP member Ashleigh Holmes told her local news network, “We’re actually seeing a lot in this office, I’ve seen it quite a few times with really high fevers and people just feeling bad, not being able to get out of bed.” Read more.

Read more sage advice about flu season from AANP member Lindsey Fortenberry: “…even if you get the flu with the flu shot, it’s going to lessen the severity of your symptoms. If you’re sick, and you think you have the flu, please don’t go to work. Please don’t send your children to school. Please stay home with your children.” Learn more.

AANP member Kelsey Cooper explained the difference between symptoms of “a nasty bug and the flu” in a local news article. Cooper explained that flu symptoms can be much more severe than other viruses, leaving patients feeling like they have been “run over by an 18-wheeler.”


Spotlight on NPs

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

“Millions of Americans are turning to nurse practitioners for their health care needs, and with good reason. Out from the shadows of a looming provider shortage, a highly trained, fast-growing workforce has emerged that is transforming how we seek and deliver care,” wrote AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in an article for Media Planet. Knestrick was quoted in an Everyday Health article that listed six things people should know about high blood pressure. Knestrick was also quoted in an interview for WIBW radio that encouraged parents to think about safety when choosing toys for their children, and she wrote two blogs for 30 Seconds on selecting safe toys. Read her 10 tips and “how to” articles.

AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Cindy Cooke wrote two blog for 30 Seconds.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Kim Curry, who was named Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP). “We are honored that Dr. Curry will be leading the JAANP as we continue to provide timely and original articles addressing clinical practice, clinical management, health policy, research, education and other issues impacting NPs and other health care providers,” said AANP President Dr. Joyce Knestrick in a press release. “We have been very fortunate to have had exceptional leaders at the helm of JAANP since the creation of the journal in 1989, first with JAANP founder Dr. Jan Towers, and for the past 18 years under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Charon Pierson.”

A U.S. News & World Report article about managing plantar fasciitis quoted AANP Fellow Dr. Dixie Harms. Regarding symptoms that include heel stiffness and pain, Harms said, “Most people report experiencing complications first thing in the morning when getting out of the bed, walking to the coffee maker, etc. Oftentimes, patients are stuck in a perpetual state of discomfort or pain.”

60 Minutes recently featured the Health Wagon again, a mobile health clinic in rural Appalachia run by AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill Meade. The clinic provides health care to underserved populations with limited access to care. Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo wrote an article about the basics of business health care that was published in Clinician Reviews. Dirubbo wrote, “Most NPs and PAs went into their profession to help people—but that altruistic goal doesn’t mean you have to undervalue your own worth. Understanding the basic business of health care can help you negotiate your salary, maximize your income, and create new revenue models for patient care.”

Congratulations to AANP member Maj. Cindy Callisto, who recently received the Military Health System Air Force Junior Award. “It was shocking and amazing,” Callisto said. “I was cool with just winning for Air Force Global Strike Command, but then they told me I won at the Air Force level I was in shock. I really enjoy my patients and my staff. I feel like I owe it to them to do my best.” Read the news report and the press release.

AANP members Dr. Jacqueline Roberts and Christine Harsell were featured in a Pain Medicine News article about a substance abuse program that they recently implemented in North Dakota to address treatment needs in rural areas. The article was based on research they presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia.  Regarding substance abuse, including pain medication, illegal drugs or alcohol, Roberts said, “it is important that we acknowledge the problem and that we intervene early. The SBIRT program is one way to effect change before the problem becomes serious.”

Medical marijuana is being used to fight opioid addiction, according to an article that quoted AANP member Brenda Carney. The drug is also being used to treat other conditions, Carney said, including, “Diabetics with neuropathy, it’s helping people with irritable bowel syndrome, the chronic pain, obviously seizures, movement disorders, Parkinsons-type disorders.”

AANP member Denise Miller was quoted in an article about the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption. Miller said, “The CDC also reports that approximately 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol consumption, whether it’s all at one time or over years. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drinking really does harm you.”

Alcohol and antibiotics are a dangerous combination, according to AANP member Luke Range. In a local news report, Range indicated that just one drink could be problematic. Range said, “They both can be metabolized by the liver. You could potentially kind of overload the liver as far as its ability to process both of those drugs.”

AANP member Tom Bartol wrote an article about the need to precept NP students that was published by Medscape. Bartol asserted that,” Precepting students is not an option but both an obligation and an opportunity. We give back to our profession, including to those who helped us to become who we are, by sharing our knowledge, passion, and skills. Of greater importance, it is an opportunity for us to grow in our own vocation as NPs. We are helping nurture the future change agents and movers and shakers of our profession. These students need us, but we really need them.”

Congratulations to AANP member Vicki Delany, who recently received the 2017 Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Award of Excellence. According to a press release, “The Award for Excellence is bestowed upon an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who demonstrates excellence in their role through any or all of the following activities: professional development, clinical skill, innovative practice, academic excellence, political action and interdisciplinary interaction.”

AANP member Toni Pratt-Reid was featured in a local news article about practice restrictions in Oklahoma, and efforts to modernize legislation. The article quotes AANP regarding full practice authority.

NPs in Pennsylvania are also urging legislators to modernize practice. AANP member Kathleen Gray wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper and said, “Pennsylvania faces a shortage of health care providers and nurse practitioners are ready to help.” She indicated that a collaborative agreement requirement “limits health care options for patients.” AANP member Ashley Ritter wrote a similar article. According to Ritter, “As we consider the rationale and consequences of restrictive state occupational licensure for nurse practitioners, a “dose of competition” is needed to inform future research and policy planning.”

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions! AANP member Sarah Dodson was quoted in an article about making plans one can keep in the coming year, and said, “Everyone’s goals are centered on weight loss, and people can lose weight and still be unhealthy. I would rather people focus their resolutions on being more healthy than losing weight.”

AANP member Deanna Wennberg was quoted in a local news story about ways that sleep deprivation affects teenagers medically and academically. School start times were mentioned as a contributing factor to chronic lack of sleep for students.

Congratulations to AANP member Erin Williamson, who was featured as Nurse of the Week in a local news paper. According to the article, Williamson has always wanted to care for medically underserved populations and increase access to health care for those with limited incomes. Williamson said, “Healthcare is always evolving, so I get to stay on the cutting edge of things like that, but at the same time I get to sit down with somebody one-on-one and talk with them about how they can improve their health and improve their life.”

The nurse practitioner role was explained to a local television audience by AANP member Melisa Bedilion. What makes nurse practitioners unique? Bedilion said (in part), “What sets NPs apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.”

AANP member Amber Schmitz was featured in the “Ask a Doctor” column of her local newspaper. Schmitz shared tips related to colds and flu. She shared insight about appropriate antibiotic use along with tips for patient to feel better without antibiotics. Read more.

A local newspaper profiled AANP member Cindy Zeller, who plans to open her own clinic in Maryland, where nurse practitioners gained full practice authority in 2015. According to the article, Zeller has wanted to open her own practice for two decades, and the updated laws will finally make her dream possible. Zeller said, to answer patients’ questions and alleviate their concerns, “I want to take 30 minutes for a well visit and talk about anticipatory guidance and development milestones and what they can expect.” AANP member Michelle Cooper was also mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Rhonda Hensley, who will receive the AANP 2018 Louisiana State Award for Excellence – NP Advocate at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 26 – July 1. According to a press release, “This is the second time Hensley has been recognized by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was honored in 2014 with its excellence in clinical practice award.”

AANP member Lynn McComas wrote an article about funding for NP education and clinical preparation that was published by KevinMD. According to McComas, one solution to the preceptor shortage would be to financially incentivize preceptors. McComas asked, “…will paying preceptors incentivize more medical providers to precept resulting in more APRNs? In September of this year, a report to Congress demonstrated that it does.”

Karen Cherinka, an AANP member,  wrote an article about staying healthy during the winter months. In addition to fighting the common cold and taking vitamins, Cherinka urged readers to take precautions to avoid slips and falls.

AANP member Katie Brula was quoted in a local news article about the flu. Brula said, “… sudden-onset flu is going to make you feel like you were hit by a bus. For the most part it’s going to be respiratory stuff with that fever, aches, headaches and just that real general ‘I feel awful’ fatigue.”

Flu season is peaking in Mississippi, according to an article that quoted AANP member Bethany Cummings. “We have seen a lot of flu cases this year. Starting from October and it has pretty much increased day by day,” Cummings said, and she urged readers to get vaccinated.

AANP member Susan Schultz wrote an article about colds, flu and other common ailments that was published by the Capital Gazette. Schultz encouraged readers to wash their hands to minimize the spread of illness and said, “Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Some people, however, may experience mild muscle aches, headache and a low fever for a few days. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. While the best time to get it is mid-October through November, getting it later is better than not getting it at all.”

A Bloomberg article about CVS and Aetna mentioned AANP member Frances Prado, who described the wide variety of responsibilities she performed at an urgent care clinic.