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.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke appeared on DCW50’s NewsPlus to advocate on behalf of veterans seeking medical assistance through the VA. Watch what Dr. Cooke had to say about nurse practitioners and the VA’s proposed APRN rule.

Thanks to all who attended AANP’s Region 1 Leadership Meeting in Boston this past weekend. We appreciated your positive energy, insightful contributions, and of course, the Boston Cream Pie! Enjoy the slideshow below, featuring Dr. Jan Towers and NP leaders from Rhode Island. #NPsLead

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AANP Fellow Dr. Richard Ricciardi wrote a blog for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that describes several steps clinicians can take to increase patient safety in ambulatory care.  According to Ricciardi, “Safety issues in ambulatory care settings differ substantively from the hospital setting. Events may be the result of fragmented care or from a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis, a lack of followup on tests, or inappropriate use of two more medications due to deficiencies in medication reconciliation and care coordination.” Read more.

“I use the best tools of conventional medicine and the best tools of holistic medicine to help people make lifestyle changes to become healthier,” AANP member Seth McLaughlin told attendees of a community health forum. He discussed the benefits of incorporating herbs into people’s diets and stressed the importance of eating food that comes from farms rather than factories.  Learn more.

AANP member Angie Howald was quoted in an article about a heart-healthy cooking demonstration that marked the opening of a new Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic in Anderson, IN. She shared the importance of educating patients to help prevent heart disease.

Congratulations to AANP member Virginia Czimber, who is a finalist for a 2016 Health Care Heroes Award. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Nancy Campbell-Heider is among 22 AANP members to be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing later this month. AAN Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are selected for their contributions to nursing and health care and their influence on health policy and the health and well-being of patients.  Congratulations to all!  Read the press release.

Congratulations to Dr. Joan Stanley, an AANP Fellow who was recently appointed Chief Academic Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  Read the press release.

AANP member Renee Dahring wrote an article for AdvanceWeb that encourages NP students to prioritize their education and enjoy the educational process.  Read more advice to NP students.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Susan Calloway, who was recently awarded the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year award.  Texas Nurse Practitioner bestows the award every year to a distinguished nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in his field of work and is thought of as a role model in the nursing profession. Read the press release.

Thanks to AANP Oregon State Representative Mandy McKimmy, who manned the AANP booth at the 39th Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Education Conference in mid-October. We appreciate all that Ms. McKimmy and other state reps do to support nurse practitioners and their national membership organization – AANP.

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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.

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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 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.

Congratulations to AANP member, Dr. Jennifer Lemoine, a University of Louisiana Lafayette assistant professor of nursing and one of only eight faculty members in the country chosen to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Faculty Policy Intensive Program focused on national health care and nursing issues.  Read the article.

AANP member Wendy Fletcher was pictured in an article about Kentucky Senate Bill 7 that removed the “Collaborative Agreement for Prescriptive Authority for Non-Scheduled Drugs.” “According to health-care advocate Sheila Schuster, the changes in the law, signed by the governor last week, will address what she calls the ‘unmet needs’ of thousands of Kentuckians.”

Allison Morrison, an AANP member, was interviewed by her local news station regarding the implementation of new nutrition labels.

AANP member Denise Evers-Rhoads was featured in an article about efforts to restore a monument commemorating Vietnam veterans.  Evers-Rhoads served as an Army nurse and continues to care for veterans as a nurse practitioner.

Practice what you preach by adding more physical activity to your daily routine, suggests first year nurse practitioner and AANP member Katrin Moskowitz.  She discusses her fitness concerns as a new NP.

Congratulations to AANP member Marjorie Cypress, who became president of Health Care and Education for the American Diabetes Association earlier this year.  AANP member Donna Tomky has worked with Cypress for more than a decade and said, “Marjorie tries to meet people on their level so they can better (integrate) those self-care behaviors to better manage their diabetes.”  Read the article.

AANP members Jenifer Eubanks and Kori Latham were featured in an article regarding the increasingly important role NPs play in Ohio’s health care system.

Congratulations to AANP member Sherrie Walker.  She designed a six-week weight loss program that resulted in the loss of more than 200 pounds by the group.  Read the article.

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Morris, an AANP Fellow and project director of a three-year grant for nearly $769,000 to launch a new certificate program that offers advanced education and training for family nurse practitioners who work in rural and underserved areas. Read more.