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.

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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.

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.org.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

At the end of January, the Marion-Polk County Medical Society voted to allow nurse practitioners to join the professional association, in addition to physicians and physician assistants. “The medical society’s decision is encouraging,” according to Mallie Kozy, Ph.D., dean of Linfield College’s nursing school, “because it promotes physicians’ acceptance of nurse practitioners as peers and members of the same team.” AANP member Lorrie Amitrano is pictured in the article.

AANP members Jennifer Brodsky, Chris Contini and Rachel Larson participated in a program that enabled medical residents and NP students to work side by side.  “I think seeing the strengths of each other’s training and practicing together in a real-world format is a really important step in creating a better interprofessional relationship,” said Brodsky.  Read the full article.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Christine Benz Smith, who was selected as director of University of Tennessee – Chattanooga School Of Nursing.  Learn more.

AANP member Erin Bagshaw discussed NP reimbursement rates in a letter to the editor of nurse.com.  Bagshaw noted a need to consider the importance and complexity of primary care in relationship to reimbursement rates and added, “In this area my veterinarian’s visit charge is higher than what I get paid to spend 20-30 minutes with a Medicare patient to handle not only his or her chronic diseases but sometimes acute issues that require labs and conditions, meaning follow-up calls and additional unpaid time.”

Linda Eckerson, AANP member, told a Lansing, Michigan, TV station that flu symptoms were the most common reasons her patients sought treatment this week.  Watch the interview.

February is American Heart Month, and heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.  AANP member Heather Whitney was featured in an interesting article about heart disease survivor, Geri Schlueter.  Nurse practitioners play a major role in the prevention of heart disease and are working with Million Hearts® to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next 5 years. Learn more.

Congratulations to AANP members Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill-Meade whose mobile clinic, the St. Mary’s Health Wagon, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.  Read the press release.

AANP members Kay Stump and Mary Healy are featured in an article about nurse practitioners and the important role they play in the health care system.  Healy said, “As NPs, we have the opportunity to dramatically reduce patients’ health risks by spending time with them and finding the roots of their problems.”

AANP member Raymond Doty, a nurse practitioner at Quality of Life clinic, will offer healthy heart tips on meals and healthy daily habits at a heart health event in honor of National Heart Month.  Learn more.

AANP member Michele Knappe was pictured in an article about governors proposing novel methods of job creation.

In an article about pro-NP legislation in Ohio, AANP member Diann Nelson-Houser told USA Today that it’s getting harder for clinics like hers, which sees about 1,500 patients a year, to find partnering physicians. “If you’re not part of that health system, it’s tough to find a collaborator,” she said.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities for Nurse Practitioner Students

The following is a list of scholarship and grant opportunities for interested NP students.  Visit AANP.org 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 http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/calls-for-proposals/2013/new-careers-in-nursing.html.

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 http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/calls-for-proposals/2013/executive-nurse-fellows-.html.

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 http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248755.

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 http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248734.