National Political Conventions & 222,000 Solutions to Strengthening Health Care for America

AANP is proud to elevate the voices of America’s nurse practitioners and the AANP brand at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18-21, 2016, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 25-28, 2016.

Our integrated ads, “222,000 Solutions to Strengthening Health Care for America” will appear in a variety of exciting formats, from subway cars, to taxis, outdoor ads, airport ads and cable spots.

Delegates, policymakers and media will encounter our high-visibility message and our members’ commitment to patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care throughout the conventions.

Presence at the Republican Convention

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At the Republican Convention, delegates will view outdoor signage that appears along the major walkway from Town City Center into Quicken Loans Arena.

Interior trolley signage and subway advertising will greet delegates traveling from the airport to the downtown area as well as Quicken Loans Arena.  (Pictured below.)

At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, delegates will be greeted in the baggage claim area with a 10-second digital ad from America’s nurse practitioners, played from 10 individual 70-inch LCD screens.

AANP’s 30-second awareness spot will air in Cleveland from Monday-Thursday from 6 am – 8 am Eastern on the following shows:  Fox and Friends, CNN New Day, and MSNBC Morning Joe for a total of 24 spots.

Presence at the Democratic Convention

At the Democratic Convention, delegates traveling by taxi and other commuters will see AANP’s ad on 50 taxis traveling the city.

Delegates arriving at Philadelphia International Airport will view 10-second digital ads in the baggage claim area on 20 individual 70-inch LCD screens.

AANP’s awareness spot will air in Philadelphia from Monday-Thursday from 6 am – 8 am Eastern on the following shows:  CNN New Day and MSNBC Morning for a total of 16 spots.

 

Nurse Practitioners: Proud to Serve America’s Military Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 to AANP Fellow and Leadership Program graduate Dr. Jason T. Shuffitt who will head a new Chamberlain College of Nursing campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.  “It’s my honor to be the leader of Chamberlain’s inaugural campus in North Carolina,” said Dr. Shuffitt. “I’m working with a wonderful team to facilitate our students’ success and educate extraordinary nurses who will be uniquely qualified to address the healthcare needs of their patients. We have the opportunity to contribute to improved healthcare in North Carolina through our students’ passion for caring for their communities.”  Read more.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Donna Hallas who was named a member of the new Contemporary Pediatrics Journal Editorial Advisory Board.  AANP member and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) president Dr. Cathy Haut was quoted in the press release announcing the partnership between NAPNAP and Contemporary Pediatrics.

AANP member Karen Craig was mentioned in an article describing how having a positive attitude and social support helps patients undergoing breast cancer treatment.  According to Ms. Craig, “My job is to find the cancer, to find it and to present it not as a death sentence, but as something to survive.  I work with the most compassionate women.  We work together to listen to these women and find out about their feelings and show them we care. We let them know it is not doomsday, that there is hope.”

Tedra Smith, an AANP member,  was quoted in an article about school nurses meeting growing health care needs, especially for children with chronic illnesses.  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 to AANP member Dr. Rhonda Wilt, who received the Health Monitor 2015 Nurse Practitioner LifeChanger Award during the AANP 2015 National Conference.  Learn more about the meaningful impact Dr. Wilt is making, as one of her patients shares her story in this video.

In an article about the effects of wildfire on people in nearby communities, AANP member Aubrey Atkins described potential dangers of breathing air polluted by smoke.  According to Ms. Atkins, “It can potentially impact patients who don’t have chronic lung problems or a known issue. There is the potential for it to cause problems even further down the road because of repeated exposures.”

AANP member Dr. Rebecca Caron was recently recognized by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for research on “Psychosocial Distress, Coping, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adult Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).”  Congratulations Dr. Carron!  Read the press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Jane Flanagan who received the American Holistic Nurses Association 2015 Research Grant.  Dr. Flanagan will use this grant to help fund her research project ‘Bringing Yoga Home: Exploring the Use of a Web-based Yoga Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors’.   Learn more.

AANP 2015 National Conference Highlights

Thank you to all who attended the AANP 2015 National Conference and who made the experience so enjoyable!  Selected interviews from the conference are available below.  Additional videos will continue to be uploaded to the AANP 2015 National Conference playlist on YouTube.

In this video interview, AANP 2015 Arizona State Award for Excellence recipient, Dr. Dorothy Dunn, shared her work to improve the health of women in Guatemala by providing free cervical cancer screenings.  She also described how attending AANP conferences helps her gather cutting-edge information that is useful to her as a professor and researcher in the fields of dementia and family caregiving.

AANP member Claudette Graham described her experience at the AANP 2015 National Conference in this video interview and listed three reasons why nurse practitioners might want to attend future AANP conferences.

Learn more about AANP conferences.

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 to AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch, who was recommended to become the new nursing dean at the Michigan State University College of Nursing.  If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment would be effective July 1.  Read the press release.

AANP member Megan Spradlin was featured in an article about the hospital stay that inspired her to become a nurse practitioner.  “During that confusing, frightening time, there were nurses on staff who answered my questions, assuaged my fears and partnered in my care,” Ms. Spradlin said. “I thought, ‘How fulfilling that must be to be able to provide such care and comfort to a person in need.’”

AANP Tennessee State Representative, Dr. April Kapu, was mentioned in an article about the increasingly important role nurse practitioners hold in the American health care system.  Advanced practice nursing degrees are perceived as a path to leadership, according to The Tennessean.

Elizabeth Terhune, an AANP member, described her path to becoming a nurse practitioner in an article by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.   During a commencement ceremony May 31, Ms. Terhune will be the class speaker for the UMass Graduate School of Nursing Class of 2015, of which she is a member.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Gail Metcalf, an AANP member, was featured in an article about programs that are keeping patients healthy and happy by emphasizing preventative care.  “By seeing the person, I can intervene early,” Ms. Metcalf said. “I may be able to avoid an emergency room visit.”

Congratulations to AANP Arizona State Rep, Dr. Melanie Logue, who became the dean of the Grand Canyon University College of Nursing and Health Care Professions last month.  An article in GCU Today chronicles her life and path to professional excellence.

AANP member David Bergthold was featured in a Salute to Nurses series by Lake News Online.  After working in several health care capacities, Mr. Bergthold said that he became a nurse practitioner to advance his role and increase the level of care he could provide patients.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine L. Baker, who is the author of a new children’s book, Nola the Nurse, She’s On The Go, which is the first in a series. Seven year-old Nola wants to be a nurse practitioner like her mom, so she visits her friends’ homes to care for their sick dolls.  Along the way, Nola learns more about her culturally diverse world.  The series was designed to fill a need for children’s books that are both culturally sensitive and promote the NP role. Learn more at NolaTheNurse.com.

Amanda Rumpke and Pam Bolton, both AANP members, were highlighted in an article by Cincinnati.com that described nurses as an integral part of patient care.  “Nurses, specifically, have a unique skill set and ability to be a patient advocate and supporter of patient progress,” said Ms. Rumpke.

National Nurses Appreciation Week, May 6-12, included an article that quoted AANP member Beverly Bond, who emphasized the importance of caring for patients on a personal level.

Another heartwarming National Nurses Week article featured AANP member Deb Travers as part of a group of nurses who received a proclamation from Greenwich, CT, First Selectman, Peter Tesei.  The article included several stories about innovative nurses whose dedication to patient care helped them go the extra mile.

Kudos to AANP Fellow Dr. Kevin L. Smith, Chief Clinical Officer at Virtual Care company Zipnosis, who was a keynote speaker at the annual American Telemedicine Association conference in Los Angeles. The plenary session topic was “Examining Diagnosis and Treatment by Telemedicine: What is Safe?”  Learn more.

AANP member Raquel Joubert was pictured in an article about a new clinical preceptorship program created by Humana, Inc. and the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing.  The program will place 160 master’s level nursing students in clinics to obtain the clinical hours and rotations required for graduation.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Brandy Sprick, an AANP member, encouraged readers of the Albany Democrat-Herald to “Go Red” for women’s heart health in 2015.  February is American Heart Month, and February 6 is National Wear Red Day.  Read Ms. Sprick’s recommendations to maintain a healthy heart.

AANP member Tonya Kittle was mentioned in an article about an urgent need for health care in Trimble, Ohio.  The clinic Ms. Kittle works for provides care for children who attend school in the Trimble school district.

In order to avoid liver damage, people should use caution and avoid unintentionally taking a double-dose of acetaminophen when using cold medicine, according to AANP Fellow Dr. Stephen Ferrara.  Read more.

AANP member Jan Perun was featured in an article about the multifaceted care that cancer survivors often need.   Palliative care, symptom management, psycho-social support and impairment-driven rehabilitation may be required in addition to oncology treatment.

Laci Dykstra, an AANP member, briefly explained flu warning signs to members of the Knoxville, Tennessee, community. Read more.

AANP member Jennifer Smith wrote an article about healthy weight loss that appeared in Grand Lake News.  She encouraged people to place more emphasis on making healthy lifestyle choices than reaching a specific weight.

Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods, a member of AANP, is among the health experts who announced availability to comment on a range of health care issues.  “The greatest challenge facing healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals today is providing evidence-based, quality care that is cost-effective. Using evidence to inform practice coupled with clinical expertise and patient preference is the only way healthcare practice and patient outcomes will be optimized,” said Dr. Woods.  Read more.

AANP Fellow Dr. Nancy Dirubbo wrote a guest editorial for Clinician Reviews that supported the inclusion of travel health in primary care.  According to Dr. Dirubbo, “The foundations of travel health include immunization, patient education on food- and waterborne diseases, insect-borne diseases, and safety. PCPs are experts at patient education, risk identification and management, and immunizations.”

Kudos to AANP member Paula Newman-Skomski, who has been recognized for her important work as a forensic nurse examiner, providing care for sex trafficking victims and working toward opening a residential recovery program for women exploited through sex trafficking and prostitution.  Most recently, she was named 2014 Nurse of the Year for Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing from the March of Dimes.  Read the article and announcement.

Spotlight on NPs

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

Marvel Blazek, an AANP member, was pictured in an article about ways rural health systems in Iowa are adapting to provide patients the care they need.  The article indicates that nurse practitioners are an important part of the solution to Iowa’s access to care challenges.

AANP Georgia State Representative Janet Ross was named chair of the Polk County Georgia Chamber of Commerce for 2015.  Congratulations Ms. Ross!  Read more.

Juli Hartl, an AANP member, was featured in an article about house calls making a comeback. The article describes the compassionate, patient-centered care Hartl provides and the positive impact she makes in the lives of her patients.

Congratulations to AANP member Ivy Settlemires, who is the first DUSON-VA psychiatric nurse practitioner resident to complete the first of four clinical rotations.  Settlemires was commended for being a pioneer in the program and for her willingness and eagerness to learn.  Read more.

AANP member Christopher Foster was interviewed by a local news station regarding the importance of getting an annual physical.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret Bobonich, who recently published the first dermatology textbook for advanced practice clinicians.  Learn more.

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of AANP members.

March is Women’s History Month, and Beth Houser interviewed AANP Fellow and co-founder of the NP role, Loretta Ford, for a series of articles published by Reflections on Nursing Leadership.   Regarding innovation, Dr. Ford said, “There has to be some kind of business mentality, combined with the spirit and courage to do it. It takes a lot of guts to be different! It’s not easy.”   

AANP member Stephen Ferrera, executive director of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, says NY’s collaborative agreement is unnecessary and creates burdensome obstacles for nurse practitioners who are qualified to provide health services without the written agreement.  According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, removing the collaborative agreement and giving nurse practitioners more freedom to act independently “would help reduce overall spending in the health care system over time.”  Read the article.  

Donna Emanuele, an AANP member and president-elect of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, was featured in an article explaining that patients in California would benefit from updated legislation that would support rather than hinder the wide range of health care services nurse practitioners currently provide.  

Mary Chesney, the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Minnesota, president of the Minnesota Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Coalition, and AANP member is featured in an article about pending legislation that would update practice regulations and reduce restrictions on the care that nurse practitioners in Minnesota provide.  

An article on Medicaid expansion in Virginia features AANP member Theresa Gardner. She provided important information about the essential services she provides at risk and under-served communities.

AANP member and former Navy nurse Brad Briscoe was featured in an article about pending legislation that would remove restrictive barriers to NP practice in Florida.  According to the article, nurse practitioners can serve as directors for medical or nursing services and as commanding officers in military medical treatment facilities, and NPs can direct medical and nursing operations throughout the Department of Defense, all without physician supervision.  The same NPs are required to be supervised by physicians if they choose to work in Florida.  

 

Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of AANP members.

Cardiovascular specialist and AANP member Amy Doneen was interviewed by a Spokane, WA, news station regarding a revolutionary model for detecting and preventing heart disease.   “Beat the Heart Attack Gene,” a book co-authored by Doneen, contains additional information regarding discoveries made by Doneen and her colleague.  Watch the interview.

AANP member Beth Partin is one of 40 outstanding alumni being recognized by the University of Louisville as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.   Partin told reporters, “Nursing isn’t a job.  It kind of becomes who you are.  I can’t imagine being anything  but a nurse.”  Read the article.

Elisha Clark and Beth Fineran, AANP members, were featured in an article which indicated that the increasing demand for health care might result in an expanded role for Ohio’s nurse practitioners.  

Congratulations to AANP member Linda Leonard who is a 2014 REAL Awards honoree.  Leonard was recognized for the excellent care she provides for an autistic child and his family.  Learn more.