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.”