Spotlight on NPs

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

“During her 12-plus years working with chronic pain patients, Brett Snodgrass has stepped into multiple leadership roles: working with the Tennessee state legislature in developing chronic pain guidelines for healthcare providers, acting as an advocate for nurse practitioners by representing Tennessee in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and serving as director of clinical operations for LifeLinc Pain Centers.” An AANP Fellow, Snodgrass was profiled by Memphis Medical News. Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Wendy Likes was profiled by According to Likes,”Healthcare is evolving and will definitely look different in the future. I think some of the things I look forward to are where all practitioners practice at the top of their license, and advanced practice RNs have full practice authority to be able to do the things we are uniquely trained to do in order to improve access while maintaining quality.” Learn more about Likes’s career path and role as Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, professor and director of the Center for Clinical Research & Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who was elected the 2017 President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).  Kleinpell is the third nurse to serve as president in the 46 year history of the organization. Read more, and follow Kleinpell on Twitter at @SCCMPresident.
AANP Fellow and former D.C. representative Dr. Andrea Brassard was featured in the February 6 edition of “Inside Scope” a cable program on Fairfax (VA) Public Access that will also air on 500 stations nationwide.
Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, who was elected Chair of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). Read more about Robert’s impressive career, her advocacy on behalf of NPs and their patients, and her new leadership role.

A study authored by AANP Fellow Wendy Wright, “New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Take the Lead in Forming an Accountable Care Organization,” was published in the current issue of the Nursing Administration Quarterly journal. According to the study, “Patients managed by NPs working in NP-owned clinics cost Anthem an average of $66.85 less per member per month than the physician-managed patients. Data obtained from the Anthem ACO provide evidence that NPs provide quality, cost-effective health care. Our conclusion is that including NPs in Medicare, ACOs will decrease costs to Medicare through the provision of high-quality, cost-effective care provided by NPs. Access the journal article. Subscription required.

Congratulations to Louisiana State Representative Dustin Miller, an AANP member who will receive the AANP 2017 Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award for Excellence at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia this June. According to an article in Daily World, “Miller said his goal is to help people who don’t normally get health care. He currently works at a rural health care center in Acadiana. He has also served on the Louisiana House of Representatives health and welfare committee since he was elected as a local representative in 2015.”

The Jackson Recovery Clinic in Sioux City, IA, integrates primary care services with addiction treatment services.  AANP member Rachel Wurth serves as assistant medical director for the clinic, and she described the role of the clinic in stabilizing physical and psychological conditions to support recovery from addiction and treating new health care needs that arise as a result of addiction. According to Wurth, “This clinic isn’t just for while they’re in treatment, this is a lifelong primary care medical home.” Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP member Kim Choma who was listed by StatNews as one of the Top 13 Clinicians to Follow on Twitter. See what she has to say by following @kchoma.

AANP Fellow Susan VanBeuge was quoted in an article about nursing being among the most trusted professions. VanBeuge referred to the time involved in providing the patient-centered care for which nurse practitioners are known.

Katherine Reina, an AANP member, was interviewed for a My Nightingale blog on Latino culture in nursing. The benefits of being bilingual and sensitive to subtle cultural differences were discussed. Reina said, “As a primary care provider, I think health is everybody’s business and we all responsible for our own outcomes. Therefore, I strongly recommend that people take the time to educate themselves on the health impacting trends that are out there and speak with their providers about healthy choices that are complementary to their lifestyle needs.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

What are the six easiest resolutions for better health in 2017?  A regular contributor to the Huffington Post Black Voices column, AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens shared his recommendations with readers.

Men and women experience heart attacks differently, according to AANP member Valerie Clark. In preparation for National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, Clark wrote an article to educate men and women about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. She also recommended preventative health screenings.

AANP member Greg Curry was profiled in a local newspaper, where he described his career path and role as a nurse practitioner. A recent NP graduate, Curry indicated that “a search for a more meaningful career and budding fascination for health care” were factors that motivated his career choice. Read more.

The flu is reaching epidemic levels, according to an article that quotes AANP member Emiley Button. Common symptoms of flu were described in the article, and Button recommended washing hands as one way to prevent the spread of colds and flu.

AANP member Justin Jeffries wrote an article about Hospital Readmissions for COPD that was published by Advance for NPs & PAs. According to Jeffries, “Education combined with adherence to current recommended pharmacological approaches appears to be the most effective way to limit COPD exacerbations,” but challenges remain related to patient and provider education.

CVS Health is supporting the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign with a $10 million commitment. CVS Health’s press release quoted AANP member Dr. Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for MinuteClinic, and announced free heart health screenings on Valentine’s Day. According to Patterson, “Many women do not realize that most regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin at age 20, and that knowing your personal health numbers helps you and your health care provider better determine your risk for developing future problems.”

Free CE Opportunity: A Three-Part Series on IBD

Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) often cite free, high-quality continuing education activities among their top reasons for joining and renewing. Have you visited the AANP CE Center lately? It was recently updated with a new, user-friendly design and includes more than 150 educational activities on a variety of topics.

Featured Activity
Treatment Patterns in Family Medicine: The Role of the Primary Care Clinician in Patient-Centered Management of IBD

Nurse practitioners now have access to three new CE activities on irritable bowel disease (IBD) with full pharmacology credit!

Developed by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP), AANP, and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) in cooperation with MCM Education, this three part series addresses diagnosis and initial treatment options for IBD, as well as collaboration between primary care clinicians and specialists. In addition, the series examines patient non-adherence to medication and offers suggestions for fostering good communication with both patients and specialists.

This program is free to members and nonmembers. For more details, visit the AANP CE Center, today.


Spotlight on NPs

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

Advance Practice Nursing featured an article about “Nurse Practitioners’ Quest for Full Practice Authority” that quoted AANP VP of State Government Affairs Dr. Taynin Kopanos. According to Kopanos, “Changing policy requires teamwork and cooperation. Being part of an association magnifies the NP voice and increases the chances for success. The best place to start is with education. Effective advocacy begins with knowledge of the issues, and then moves to sharing that knowledge with others.” NPs looking to join the cause and advocate for their state’s FPA regulations should visit

AANP Board of Directors Member at Large Dr. Jean Aertker reported that she was honored to represent AANP and her NP colleagues at Tampa General Hospital’s annual Advanced Practice Provider Conference. Dr. Aertker is pictured below.


AANP Fellow Dr. Emily Merrill was quoted in an article about Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s new Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Track. According to Merrill, there is a shortage of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. “The need has been so great for so many years,” Merrill said of the need for more mental health care providers. “There are very few providers. Even if we refer people for mental health care, we can’t book them for six months or maybe longer.”

A study published in Advance for NPs and PAs explored what the public knows about nurse practitioners. AANP members Alison Collier, Aluem Tark and Katie Walton were among the authors of the study, which involved a small number of participants, but found that when patients read an educational pamphlet about nurse practitioners, they had a greater understanding of the NP role and were more willing to make an NP their health care provider of choice.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Tara Bradner, who recently completed her term as an AANP Health Policy Fellow. Bradner worked to promote the NP role and had the opportunity to meet with legislators and health policy leaders. AANP AVP of Federal Health Policy Debra Swan is also pictured in this article about Bradner’s experience. Learn more about the AANP Health Policy Fellowship.

Everyday Health published an article on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) weight gain risks written by AANP member Dr. Kori Dewing. Dewing indicated that although some medications may contribute to added pounds, it is important to keep track of fluctuations in weight and exercise regularly. Learn more.

AANP member Christine Basile wrote a guest opinion piece on expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. According to Basile, “Increasing access to treatment is another essential component to effectively dealing with substance use disorders, and in November 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services did this by enabling nurse practitioners and physician assistants to begin taking the required training to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment, buprenorphine.”

Congratulations to AANP member Connie Jastremski, who was recently appointed to the board of trustees for Southwestern Vermont Health Care. According to a press release announcing her appointment, Jastremski has an impressive career that includes clinical practice, leadership and research.

AANP member MaryLee Pakieser was featured in an article about legislation related to NP practice that was recently passed in Michigan. Read more.



Spotlight on NPs

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

Congratulations nurse practitioners! You are all in the news today, as NPs rank second on the U.S. News & World Report list of The 100 Best Jobs of 2017! #NPsLead

AANP member Marie-Paule “Missy” Heylen was mentioned in an article about care provided by Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley Advanced Illness Management Program. The program received a grant from the Corning Incorporated Foundation to support their work with hospice and palliative care patients.

Congratulations to AANP member Lynn Toth, who recently received a $5,000 scholarship to continue pursuing her doctorate of nursing practice degree. Toth hopes to become a professor of nursing and continue her work to improve the care of heart failure patients. Learn more.

AANP member Allyson Reynolds was quoted in an article about Idaho’s shortage of in-home nursing care for people with disabilities. According to Reynolds, the shortage “…leaves parents as the sole nursing staffs for their children, unable to work or even to leave the house. It means more medical complications that result from a lack of professional nursing. It means more emergency room visits and hospital admissions, creating more costs for insurers, Medicaid, taxpayers and hospitals.”

A local news story quoted AANP member Nicole Charles, who educated patients about the connections between cholesterol and heart health. According to Charles, “A lot of patients don’t realize how their lifestyle is contributing to the possibility of heart disease down the road.”

Spotlight on NPs

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

The effect that a personalized music playlist may have on a patient with dementia and evening agitation was examined by AANP member Dr. Elizabeth Long, who wrote a case report on the subject published by Managed Health Care Connect. According to Long, “Personalized playlists can be a cost-effective intervention to reduce agitation in patients with cognitive issues.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Sheldon Fields is joining the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) as dean of the School of Health Professions. “Joining NYIT was an immense opportunity to lead a comprehensive school of health professions with five departments, allowing for the interdisciplinary training possibilities necessary in our ever-evolving, complex health care industry,” Fields said. Congratulations to Dr. Fields and NYIT! Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Donnie Scoggin who was recently elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Scoggin indicated that among his motivations to run for office were health care regulations that impacted health care and a longstanding interest in politics. Several other AANP members were also elected or reelected to public office in 2016. Read the announcement.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke represented nurse practitioners and AANP at the 21st Century Cures Act bill signing at the White House on December 13, 2016. Enjoy the pictures below, or view a video of the signing ceremony.

In a timely article published on New Year’s Eve, AANP member Kelly Rednour educated the public about dangers associated with excessive drinking – especially during the holiday season. Rednour encouraged readers to limit their alcohol consumption to ensure safe celebration. (Subscription required.)

Congratulations to AANP member Lynne Merriam who was recently honored with the Tampa JCCs and Federation Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence. Merriam was commended for her initiative and commitment, as well as service on several boards and committees. A business owner, Merriam has been a nurse practitioner for many years. Read more.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Forbes reported on the new VA rule that gives veterans full and direct access to nurse practitioners in VA facilities. In the article, Bruce Japsen quoted AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke, who said the final rule “is a critical step for America’s veterans to be able to obtain timely, high quality care in the Veterans Health System.”

AANP applauds the VA rule giving veterans better access to care, and AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke said, “This final rule is a critical step for America’s veterans to be able to obtain timely, high quality care in the Veterans Health System. We are pleased the VA will move forward with allowing veterans throughout the country to have direct access to nurse practitioner provided health care.” Read the press release.

“Nurse-managed health clinics provide care to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in the United States,” according to AANP Fellow Dr. Teresa Gardner of the Health Wagon. In her article about drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia, Gardner indicated that this emerging technology can be used to improve health outcomes.  AANP Fellow Dr. Paula Meade was mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to AANP member Carol Siem who was named 2016 Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes in Missouri. “My entire nursing career has been working with the elderly,” Siem said. “Making sure they get the care they deserve has always been my main priority.” Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP Fellows Barb Dehn @NurseBarbDehn and Terri Schmitt @OnlineNursing and AANP members Katie Duke @TheKatieDuke, Sara Marlow @MissFNP, Dr. Renee Thompson @RTConnections, Ashleigh Clarke @Ashleigh_NP, and Dr. Kim Choma @KChoma who were named to’s list of Top 25 Most Influential Nurses to Follow on Twitter.

The CrossOver Healthcare Ministry offers free health care to low-income and uninsured people in Richmond, Virginia. AANP member Renee Hammel volunteers for the clinic and stressed the importance of having translators available to assist Spanish speakers who represent 80 percent of the 8,000 patients seen by the clinic last year. Read more.

The Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School received a $2.1 million grant to help expand access to primary care by increasing the number of advanced practice registered nurses in underserved communities. AANP Fellow Dr. Karen Dick was interviewed about the grant and said, “Academic and practice partnerships like ours provide a critical structure to expand learning opportunities regarding access to health care, managing chronic diseases and addressing neglected health needs by substantially expanding real world training opportunities in caring for multiple chronic and complex comorbidities, including behavioral health, in underserved populations.”

AANP member Madetric Woods was featured in an article about her philanthropic involvement in programs that provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. “I have always been taught to give to those less fortunate when I was a child,” Madetric says, “and as I became an adult and was able to bless others, I continued to do so.”

Congratulations to AANP member Timothy Gebhart, who was awareded the 2016 Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Nanette Clapper Memorial Scholarship in recognition of his dedication to the nursing profession. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. David Campbell-O’Dell wrote an article published by Advance for NPs & PAs that focused on “collaboration, partnerships and ways to maximize existing systems to improve healthcare outcomes.” According to Campbell-O’Dell, nurse practitioners who hold doctoral degrees should seek ways to help improve the health care system.

A Multiple Sclerosis News Today article featured AANP member Dr. Carrie Lyn Sammarco and provided insight into the roles and identities assumed by caregivers. “We can’t always think that ‘I’m the receiver and you are the giver,’” Sammarco said, pointing out that both caregivers and those who receive care need to be empowered and appreciative of what the other contributes. “We need to look at reciprocal giving in relationships, and understand that we support the other person because we love them and want them to do well.”

2016 was a busy year for AANP member Dr. Diane McGinnis. Her house call service was featured in an article about the care she provides in her “clinic without walls,” taking health care to patients, wherever they may be. McGinnis was also featured in an Nevada Public Radio interview about ways she is increasing access to health care in rural Nevada.

The Family Community Clinic in Butchertown, Kentucky, serves thousands of uninsured people a year. The clinic is a safety net for patients who would otherwise visit the emergency room and incur hefty medical fees. AANP Fellow Pam King is among the more than 200 volunteers who make the clinic possible. Read more.

AANP members Dr. Shari Simone and Dr. Carmel McComiskey were among the authors of a study published in Critical Care Nurse that identifies key strategies for successful integration of nurse practitioners into intensive care units. The study was highlighted by Clinical Advisor and was the subject of an article in Doctors Lounge.

In an Advance for NPs and PAs blog, AANP member Renee Dahring discussed the possibility of changing health care culture by implementing full practice authority for nurse practitioners. Dahring advocates speaking up to effect a culture change, recognizing the importance of the NP role and eliminating marginalization.

AANP member Betsy Gaffney will be missed when she leaves her post as a primary health care provider in Laceyville, WY, according to an article in the Wyoming County Press Examiner. Gaffney is relocating, and community members wished her well at a goodbye gathering. It was reported that, “It’s easy to understand though, why everyone has been so grateful to Gaffney for her services, and why they are so sad to see her go. Because for the last 13 years, Gaffney has performed the role of ‘county physician’ for the community, even going so far as to make house calls for those who were unable to make it into her office.” Read more about the positive impact Gaffney had on her patients and their community.

“To truly be able to improve the health of families, it is essential to understand their beliefs about health and wellness and design treatment strategies which work within their daily lives,” Dr. Carolynn Desandre, an AANP member, told the University of North Georgia. Read about Desandre’s career path and current position teaching graduate courses in nurse educator and family nurse practitioner tracks.

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferarra was featured in a Columbia Nursing article about nurse practitioners transforming primary care in New York City.

The philanthropic activities of AANP NP Organization member San Angelo Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice were highlighted in an article about food that members donated and prepared for more than 80 homeless people at the Salvation Army in San Angelo, Texas. With a new, philanthropic mission, the organization dedicated this volunteer opportunity to the memory of Barbara Lynn Taylor, RN, who recently passed away and who was the mother of AANP member Michelle Taylor-Chinn.

AANP member Ashley Lankford was featured in an article about her career in aesthetic nursing. Congratulations are also in order, since Lankford reports that she recently passed her FNP certification exam!

Dr. Karen Mulvihill, an AANP member, wrote a case study about integrating palliative care into outpatient oncology. According to Mulvihill, “There is no standard method for integrating palliative care into outpatient oncology practices, and no examples of how cancer centers are doing it. There is a strong evidence to support integrating palliative care into cancer centers. However, an understanding of what palliative care is and what it isn’t is crucial for this integration. As the field of palliative care continues to grow, cancer centers should share examples of how they have successfully integrated palliative care into their centers, so others can learn from their successes and challenges.”

AANP members Dr. Valierie Griffin and Chontay McKay traveled to Haiti on a medical mission trip and provided health care to people who lack adequate access to care. McKay was quoted in an article about the trip and said, “My mission trips to Haiti have always enhanced my skillset, as they give me another setting to practice where basic medical tools and technology are not always readily available, and one must rely on the knowledge they have gained through training. What I bring back to my patients in the States after these experiences is patience, understanding and a different perspective.”

Congratulations to AANP member Katie Haigh, who was one of two nursing science graduate students from the University of Delaware to be named Jonas Center Scholars. The students will receive funding for doctorate degrees in nursing. Read the press release.

A Medscape podcast featuring AANP member Lisa Novak provided information on ways to choose a basal insulin. According to Novak, “It helps to have choices. Choices can be overwhelming when you are not sure what to do, but there is an insulin for every patient, and there is a patient for every insulin.” Learn more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Dorren Cassarino and AANP member Bonnie Sealey were among the Nurse Practitioner Council of Collier County members who were congratulated by Florida Governor Rick Scott for passage of the Barbara Lumpkin Controlled Substances Prescribing Act of 2016. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Jenna Boutilier who is among the owners of a new NP-led clinic that emphasizes a holistic approach and patient-centered care. Read the press release.

The Night Ministry Street Outreach offers health care, counseling and other necessities to Chicago’s homeless population by actively seeking and treating homeless patients throughout the city. AANP member Matthew Sorenson volunteers for the Night Ministry. In an article for the Chicago Sun Times, Sorenson discussed the extreme medical needs of addicts and said that building relationships is key to caring for his patients. “With street medicine,” Sorenson said, “you have to develop a trust with people you are seeing.”

Leadership is a hallmark of the nurse practitioner role, and AANP member Dr. Mary Williams was featured in a series of articles by the Daily Yonder that detailed dynamic leadership in the Mississippi Delta.

Congratulations to AANP member Amanda Chaney for publishing a new book, “Fast Facts about GI and Liver Disease for Nurses: What APRNs Need to Know in a Nutshell.” Additional information is available from Springer Publishing.


2016 National Nurse Practitioner Week Highlights

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

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

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


Other exciting statistics from 2016 NP Week include the following:

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

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

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

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

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News Coverage of 2016 NP Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight on NPs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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