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.


Nurse Practitioners: Proud to Serve America’s Military Families

Cindy Cooke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter:  Sec. McDonald, publish #APRN #FullPracticeAuthority regulations @DeptVetAffairs #NPsCare4Vets

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

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

Amanda Rumpke and Pam Bolton, both AANP members, were highlighted in an article by 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.