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.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities for Nurse Practitioner Students

The following is a list of scholarship and grant opportunities for interested NP students.  Visit for more information about AANP and the many benefits of membership.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for 2014 Applications for the New Careers in Nursing Program – This scholarship program was established to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. A total of up to 400 scholarship awards will be made during this funding cycle. The deadline is January 9, 2014.  For grant solicitation,  visit

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows – This three-year advanced leadership program is for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care. The program will award up to 20 fellowships for the 2014 cohort. Each award will be up to $35,000 for each fellow over three years. The deadline is January 14, 2014. For grant guidance, visit

Health Resources & Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services – Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program – NWD grants are awarded to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds . The goals of the NWD program are to support projects that assist underrepresented students throughout the educational pipeline: to become registered nurses, to facilitate diploma or associate degree registered nurses becoming baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, and to prepare practicing registered nurses for advanced nursing education. The deadline is January 24. 2014. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit

Health Resources & Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services – Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program – Interprofessional Collaborative Practice – For FY 2014, the Division of Nursing will solicit three-year cooperative agreements proposing innovations in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP). IPCP environments are comprised of high-functioning diverse professionals with a collective identity who collaborate and communicate effectively to increase access to care and achieve high quality patient and population-centered outcomes. The overarching goal of the NEPQR-IPCP program is to support the development of collaborative practice environments that deliver patient and population-centered quality health care that is safe, efficient, effective and equitable. In addition, the NEPQR-IPCP program aims to promote interprofessional teamwork and coordinated team-based care by increasing the number of nurses skilled in interprofessional collaborative practice. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2014. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit