Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and Joy Britt, an AANP member, was featured in an article about vaccines and their role in protecting people of all ages from preventable illnesses. “Immunizations (are) there to help your body build resistance to certain viruses, certain bacterial infections, to prevent those illnesses,” said Britt, who noted the ability of vaccinations to protect the health of communities.

AANP member Jessie Lindsey exemplifies the leadership and compassion for which nurse practitioners are known. She is currently living in Georgia, but has enlisted the support of colleagues, friends and community members to deliver essential items to flood victims in Louisiana. Read more.

At Live to the Beat Jackson, health care experts discussed the impact of heart failure in African-American communities and demonstrated their commitment to improving heart health in Jackson, MS.  AANP member Beverly Oliver, a cardiovascular nurse practitioner, was among the panelists. Read more.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Julia Behr, new dean of the R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont College. “We are extremely fortunate to find someone with Dr. Behr’s experience as a nurse practitioner and as an educator to lead our nursing and health care programs,” Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp said in a press release. “Our School of Nursing has always produced excellent graduates, and with Dr. Behr’s leadership, I am sure that will continue.”

According to AANP member Carmen Morales-Board, “One of the central and most dangerous aspects of public service is interacting with people in distress.” In her op-ed, she indicated that “more than 40 percent of all workplace violence takes place in social service and healthcare settings.” Morales-Board believes that orientation type training could help prepare public service workers for what they will encounter on the front lines.

An article about AANP member Sheena Painter was published in the Houston Herald and detailed her career path from certified nurse’s assistant at 17 years old to family nurse practitioner. According to the article, Painter believes that students who have positive experiences with local employers during their clinical training will seek employment in the areas where they were educated. “The local nursing schools are great for our community,” Painter said. “We have the opportunity to grow our own for our local healthcare facilities.”

AANP member Dr. Toni DiChacchio was quoted in an article about a West Virginia University program that places APRN students in free health clinics to complete their practicum. “When people think of underserved populations, they tend to think of rural populations,” said DiChiacchio. “However, the underserved populations include people who are vulnerable — homeless people and even people who are on Medicaid, because sometimes they cannot find the appropriate providers. There are also still pockets of uninsured people out there.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Marie-Eileen Onieal was the keynote speaker at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals Summer Commencement Ceremony on August 6. Congratulations graduates! 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 Jennifer L. Vedral-Baron, who is the new director of the VA’s Tennessee Valley Health Care System.  “We are excited to bring Ms. Vedral-Baron on board as the new director of the Tennessee Valley Health Care System,” said John E. Patrick, Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 9 Director. “Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve.”

AANP member Cassandra Altringer was featured in an article about her new role. Altringer discussed how it feels to be an NP student, preparing for a great deal of new responsibility, and explained why she wanted to become a nurse practitioner.

Congratulations to Gwyn Parris-Atwell, an AANP member who is among the finalists for the GEM Awards. GEM awards are presented to nurses from all specialty areas and practice settings who have been identified by their colleagues as the best in their profession. Read more.

One Nurse’s Journey from Bedside to Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service” profiled the career trajectory of AANP member Lt. Meg Whelpley.  The article described her pathway from a bedside nurse to a travel nurse to an NP.  Whelpley now serves as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service.

AANP Fellow Dr. Beth Luthy wrote an article encouraging immunizations for college students to prevent illness and save lives.  According to Luthy, “In the past three years, there have been five outbreaks of meningitis B on college campuses in the United States.” Luthy indicated that vaccinations are, “a different kind of back-to-school supply, but it’s one that can — ultimately — save a student’s life.”

Angela Patterson, AANP member and chief nurse practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic, discussed the importance of getting a flu shot in an article that detailed the results of a survey to determine what percentage of Americans get flu shots and where those vaccinations are given.  According to Patterson, “It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build immunity. That’s why we recommend getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available to ensure you have the best protection before flu season peaks.”

Thanks to AANP member Rachel Lehouillier for chronicling her positive experiences at the AANP 2016 National Conference in San Antonio.  If you were unable to attend, please read the article and learn why thousands of NPs attend AANP conferences each year.  A list of upcoming conferences is available on the AANP website.

Congratulations to AANP member Kerry Peterson, who was recently elected to the 2016 Nominating Committee of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Read the press release to learn more.

“I really believe that education is the key, that people are just starving for education about diabetes in general, and pregnancy in particular,” said AANP member Jamie Jadid during a presentation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting. “Moving forward, I would like to see more collaboration between diabetes providers and women’s health providers,” Jadid told Endocrine Today. “Every diabetic woman of childbearing age should be referred for diabetes education so she understands the risks related to pregnancy and the importance of glycemic control and contraception. In consideration of the increasing incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes in in young women, more research examining effective treatments for that population would be beneficial.”

University of Pennsylvania graduate students are visiting a small Appalachian community as part of a women’s health service-learning project spearheaded by AANP member Dr. Wendy Grube. According to an article about the project, “Grube designed a research study in which she spent four months living in the southern coalfields. This work revealed a complex array of sociocultural circumstances that kept women from receiving cervical cancer screenings. This is multi-factorial, it’s very complex, and, if we’re going to make an impact, we have to develop relationships with people in communities that are long-standing, that are trustworthy, that are dependable and reliable and subsidized to get women to engage,” Grube said. “I’m hoping that will make some change.”

AANP member Julianne Hunisch is helping pregnant women in addiction crisis and advocating for others who are battling opioid addiction. An article about her work indicated: “A firm believer in education of the public on opioid addiction and treatment options, Miss Hunisch understands the harsh reality that the opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate — not even against women carrying children.”

Cindra Greene, an AANP member, wrote an article that detailed why breast-feeding significantly decreases risk of many diseases.  Greene offered tips for successful breast-feeding and shares information regarding the health and financial benefits of breast-feeding.     

Attending the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference

Wondering what it is like to attend an AANP conference? Thanks to Rachel Lehouillier for sharing her experience as an NP student and first time AANP National Conference attendee. We hope to see you soon at another AANP conference. Dates and locations are available at:

Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing

By Rachel Lehouillier

Rachel Lehouiillier COnference Photon 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference in San Antonio, TX

I attended the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) national conference from June 22- 25, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. As a nurse practitioner student entering my final year of the masters program, it was an unbelievable experience. I would not have been able to attend this conference if it weren’t for the Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN) program; and I am so grateful to the program for this opportunity.

The theme of the conference was “Nurse Practioners (NPs) on a Patient Centered Mission.” The conference most definitely fulfilled the hopes of educating NPs on how to provide more patient centered care.  Most of the sessions that I attended had to do with specific hot-button issues that have been occurring in primary care practices from around the US. For example, one of the sessions…

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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.

AANP Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen was quoted in an article about the proposed VA rule that would give veterans direct access to care provided by APRNs in VA facilities. According to Jensen, “If nurse practitioners were able to function to the level of their education, we would be able to see patients in a more timely manner. We would be able to decrease those wait times in primary care.”

An article that announced $2.2 million in federal grants for the University at Buffalo to address nursing shortages quoted AANP New York North State Representative Dr. Tammy Austin-Ketch. According to Austin-Ketch, “There are thousands of qualified applicants rejected from nursing schools every year because we don’t have enough seats in the classrooms, or we don’t have the faculty to teach them.” These grants would help address those needs.

AANP Alabama State Representative Dr. Lori Lioce was quoted in an article about telehealth robots being used to teach nursing students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. According to Lioce, “So many of our students work in addition to taking online classes, and this new technology provides them with much greater flexibility to participate in inter-professional collaboration… As a part of clinical course requirements, graduate nurse practitioner students will receive a phone call – as the nurse practitioner ‘on-call,’ – from our undergraduate students about a patient’s condition and diagnose and treat the simulated patient in real-time, using the robots to be present and interact.”

The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program recently announced the publication of the article, “Oral Health in Pregnancy,” in the July/August volume of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)! AANP member Dr. Judith Haber is among the authors of the article, which “describes the oral health issues that expectant mothers face both physiologically, as well as in terms of access to oral care.” Ways to integrate oral health competencies are included for clinicians caring for women during pregnancy.

AANP member Bradley Bigford was featured in an article on the front page of the Idaho Statesman that detailed the launch of his new house call business. Inspired by comments on social media that indicated Bigford could fill a need for increased access to health care, he decided to answer the call. According to Bigford, “The person I’m trying to see and treat is someone who’s really busy, who finds it really difficult to get into a clinic.”

AANP 2017 National Conference Presenting Opportunities

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) cordially invites all interested parties to submit proposals for 75-minute presentations, 30-minute podium presentations and/or poster sessions to be considered for inclusion in the AANP 2017 National Conference schedule. Please review the information regarding each type of presentation, and submit your proposal accordingly.

75-Minute Presentation Proposals (Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016, 5:00 PM CT)
A limited number of submissions will be selected for 75-minute presentations at the AANP 2017 National Conference. Proposals will be reviewed by the AANP 2017 National Conference Committee and evaluated to ensure the following:

  • Proposals include accurate and complete information.
  • Content is current, evidence-based and suitable for a 75-minute presentation duration.
  • Presentation does not promote personal interest in a service, book or product.
  • Presenter’s experience indicates expertise in the subject area.
  • Availability to speak on ANY of the conference dates – Wednesday, June 21, 2017, through Saturday, June 24, 2017.

30-Minute Podium Presentation and/or Poster Session (Submission Deadline: August 29, 2016, 5:00 PM CT)
A limited number of submissions will be selected for 30-Minute Podium Presentations and Poster Sessions at the AANP 2017 National Conference. Major abstracts categories include clinical/practice and research.

  • Areas of interest include: novel clinical or education interventions, innovative models of care, emerging health conditions, evolving leadership and policy issues, original research findings and resourceful outcome measures.
  • Final selections will be based on the quality and clarity of the abstract and relevance to the contemporary NP practice environment.
  • Availability to speak on ANY of the conference dates – Wednesday, June 21, 2017, through Saturday, June 24, 2017.

For more information and to submit proposals, please see AANP 2017 National Conference Presenting Opportunities.

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 New York South state representative Margaret O’Donnell, who recently received the Health Care Heroes Nurse Hero Award from Long Island Business News.  The newspaper honors health care professionals from Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Oceanside, NY, who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment. Read the press release.

AANP Fellow Dr. Virginia LeBaron is an oncology and palliative care nurse researcher who is creating a unique state map that will offer a visual representation of “rates of advanced cancer and markers of access to pain relief against markers of opioid abuse and diversion.  “Cancer pain management and opioid regulation are commonly viewed as separate clinical and policy issues,” LeBaron said, “but my intent is to analyze their intersection and offer a starting place for drug and law enforcement and clinicians to come together, each with a visual representation of the problem and target areas for balanced interventions.” Read more about this grant funded research project.

In an article about the telehealth transformation for Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, AANP CEO David Hebert said, “The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is among an increasing number of groups championing legislation and regulations that leverage technology and telehealth to strengthen patient access to health care, while upholding the quality of care patients receive. As state legislative sessions come to a close, it is clear that policymakers, too, are embracing the potential of telehealth to meet the health care needs of the nation and increasingly, recognizing the clinical value of telehealth encounters provided by all health practitioners.”

Dr. Lisa K. Diamond, an AANP member, was recently featured on Inside the Women of Denver.  Diamond is founder of the Happiness Knitting Project. On the program, she discussed the effects of stress and described how she became a nurse practitioner.

AANP Fellow Kathy Berra was quoted in an article about stress management during cardiac rehabilitation.  According to Berra, “Nurses bring experience in pathophysiology and medical management and surgical management of heart disease.”  She indicated that NPs educate patients about importance of appropriate physical activity during recovery and the effects of dietary factors on heart disease.

Congratulations to AANP member Colleen Walsh-Irwin, who was recently named the 2016 Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island Nurse Practitioner of the Year. Read the press release.

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 member Carolyn Space was featured in an article about the essential health care services nurse practitioners provide residents of a remote island in Michigan.  A new partnership between Grand Valley State University and the clinic provides student nurses the opportunity to gain clinical hours and learn more about providing care in a rural area.

Volunteers in Medicine, also known as VIMCare, has served uninsured patients in Columbus, IN, for more than 20 years. VIMCare is implementing a new business model that will enable the clinic to treat people with or without health insurance. Clinical director and AANP member Tina Latta shares more details in this press release.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, who was recognized as a 2016 Champion of Healthcare by Columbus Business First. Melnyk received the Healthcare Educator & Advocate award, which honors an individual for creating or improving awareness among consumers about health care issues that affect specific groups or the community at large. On another positive note, Melnyk will be presenting at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress this September.

AANP member Carolyn Brady was featured in an article about an innovative program that reduced costs for both patients and the University of Virginia Health System by following up with heart failure patients.  Outcomes were also improved.  According to the article, “The program features a home visit from nurse practitioners who meet with patients within four to seven days of discharge from the hospital to answer questions and adjust medications, if necessary.”

After being unable to obtain a health care appointment that fit her schedule, AANP member Heidi Alterson founded MobileDocNP, a service offers patients health care in their own homes.  Read more about her innovative business.

Cheryl Brandi, an AANP member, was quoted in an article about brain health. While much remains to be discovered about Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive decline, the article recommended exercise, giving up tobacco, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep as ways to maintain a healthy cognitive reserve.

The Montana Telestroke Project has increased access to care for more than 100 stroke patients since the program began. The project provides specialized care to stroke patients living in rural communities. AANP member Jason Gleason describes the importance of the project in this article.

AANP member Janie McGhin was featured in an article about a her new clinic that offers diabetes education to patients in Valdosta, GA. McGhin came out of retirement to help address the “diabetes epidemic.”  According to McGhin, “We need to educate parents, particularly if diabetes is in the family,” she said. “Diabetes affects every system in your body, particularly your heart, eyes and kidneys. People with diabetes are more prone to cancer and gum diseases. Diabetes is a progressive disease. We want to stop the progression of the disease so the diabetic leads a more active life that is free of complications.”

Need tips on how to avoid heat related illnesses during the heat wave?  Read this timely article, featuring AANP member, Frank Tisdale.



National Political Conventions & 222,000 Solutions to Strengthening Health Care for America

AANP is proud to elevate the voices of America’s nurse practitioners and the AANP brand at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18-21, 2016, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 25-28, 2016.

Our integrated ads, “222,000 Solutions to Strengthening Health Care for America” will appear in a variety of exciting formats, from subway cars, to taxis, outdoor ads, airport ads and cable spots.

Delegates, policymakers and media will encounter our high-visibility message and our members’ commitment to patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care throughout the conventions.

Presence at the Republican Convention



At the Republican Convention, delegates will view outdoor signage that appears along the major walkway from Town City Center into Quicken Loans Arena.

Interior trolley signage and subway advertising will greet delegates traveling from the airport to the downtown area as well as Quicken Loans Arena.  (Pictured below.)

At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, delegates will be greeted in the baggage claim area with a 10-second digital ad from America’s nurse practitioners, played from 10 individual 70-inch LCD screens.

AANP’s 30-second awareness spot will air in Cleveland from Monday-Thursday from 6 am – 8 am Eastern on the following shows:  Fox and Friends, CNN New Day, and MSNBC Morning Joe for a total of 24 spots.

Presence at the Democratic Convention

At the Democratic Convention, delegates traveling by taxi and other commuters will see AANP’s ad on 50 taxis traveling the city.

Delegates arriving at Philadelphia International Airport will view 10-second digital ads in the baggage claim area on 20 individual 70-inch LCD screens.

AANP’s awareness spot will air in Philadelphia from Monday-Thursday from 6 am – 8 am Eastern on the following shows:  CNN New Day and MSNBC Morning for a total of 16 spots.


Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

In her letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times, AANP Region 11 Director and BOD Member-at-Large Dr. Jean Aertker said, “Veterans, the VA and the health care community all agree that we need to give our veterans better access to care in our VA system. That is why the VA has proposed a solid plan to modernize the VA system and adopt a 21st century approach to health care delivery.” Aertker urged support of the proposed rule by using tools available at

Congratulations to 22 AANP members, including 15 AANP Fellows, who were selected as new American Academy of Nursing Fellows.  Among those who will be recognized as highly distinguished nurse leaders are:

  • Gale Adcock, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP – SAS Institute
  • Mary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNP-BC – American Nurses Association
  • Mary Burman, PhD, RN, FAANP – University of Wyoming
  • Nancy Campbell-Heider, PhD, FNP, NP-C, CARN-AP, FAANP, FIAAN – University at Buffalo
  • Sharron Close, PhD, MS, CPNP-PC – Emory University
  • Kristy Duffey, MS, APRN, GNP-BC – UnitedHealth Group/Optum
  • Joy Elwell, DNP, APRN, FNP, BC, CNE, FAANP – University of Connecticut
  • Sheldon Darcy Fields, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FNAP, FAANP – HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAANP – University of Maryland
  • Nan Gaylord, PhD, RN, APRN, FAANP – University of Tennessee
  • Wendy D. Grube, PhD, ANP-BC – University of Pennsylvania
  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-C, RN – Seton Healthcare Family
  • Paticia Ann Watts Kelley, PhD, RN, FNP-C, GNP-C, FAANP – Duquesne University
  • Rosalie O. Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP – Wright State University
  • Carolyn Jaramillo Montoya, PhD, RN, NP, FAANP – University of New Mexico
  • Susan Orsega, MSN, RN, CRNP, FAANP – United States Public Health Service
  • Johis Ortega, PhD, ARNP, ACNP-BC, ENP-BC, FNP-BC – University of Miami
  • Kathryn Rugen, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP – Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP – University of Northern Colorado
  • Suzanne Staebler, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP – Emory University
  • Mary Weber, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP – University of Colorado
  • Anne Marie Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC – Wolters Kluwer

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 53 into law last week. SB 53 brings this Full Practice Authority state into alignment with national standards for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses licensure terminology and authorization for all four APRN roles. Great score, Alaska! The Consensus Model is considered the “gold standard” for ARPN licensure, accreditation, certification and education. Read more about the Consensus Model. Pictured below (left) is AANP Fellow, Alaska State Senator Cathy Giessel, at the bill signing.

SenCathyGiessel at AK SB 53 signing

AANP Fellow Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker was profiled by as part of the APNs Transforming Care series developed in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.  Lawson-Baker has been president and CEO of Advanced Clinical Consultants, LLC, in New Orleans, the first NP-owned house call practice in Louisiana, for the past 12 years.  She is also an author of the children’s book series NOLA the Nurse.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, recent recipient of the AANP Towers Pinnacle Award.  The award is given to a nurse practitioner who demonstrates ongoing national activities that elevate and highlight NPs’ contributions to health care.  Her achievement was acknowledged by Seton Hall University.

AANP member and University of Arkansas nursing professor Dr. Anna Jarrett led a team that wrote a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant for $1 million. The grant supports the development of a clinical training program to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses to meet the health and wellness needs of Arkansas’ medically underserved populations. It enables the nursing school to prepare preceptors who will support the clinical education of the DNP students. AANP member Cheryl Perry was pictured in an article about the progress of the program, including meetings with Jarrett and preceptors.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Laura Searcy, who was elected President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for a one-year term.  Other NAPNAP executive board inductees include AANP members Dr. Tresa Zielinski, President-Elect; Dr. Carol Savrin, Treasurer; and Dr. Regena Spratling, Member at Large.  AANP member Dr. Cathy Haut is NAPNAP’s outgoing president. Read the press release.

Deborah Walker, an AANP member, was featured in an article about ways that nurse practitioners address traditional health care challenges.  Walker owns Gulf Coast Family Care in Cape Coral, Florida, where she makes access to care possible for underserved populations.  According to the article, “Walker, who has been a nurse practitioner since 1996, says she’s always wanted to operate a practice where medical care could be affordable to those without insurance.”

AANP Fellow Dr. Catherine Ling was quoted in an article about a creative course the Uniformed Services University is using to teach DNP students about responding to population health emergencies.  According to the article, “Taking a population health course is a degree requirement, and trains students to learn the principles of responding to and understanding the overall health of a group, whether it be as small as a community or as an large as an entire nation.”  Ling explained, “We use the narrative device of a zombie pandemic in animations and assignments to help engage students in content.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Diane Todd Pace, who was named the 2016 Menopause Certified Practitioner of the year by the North American Menopause Society. In addition to this award, she also experienced success after advocating for a pharmaceutical company to update its advertising with provider neutral language. Dr. Pace is now the voice of a new commercial, and print ads and other resources are also being updated to use provider neutral language. According to Dr. Pace, “All NPs [need to] know we can make a difference. Keep advocating!”

AANP Fellow Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen is the liaison for national APRN policy at the VHA’s Office of Nursing Services, and she was quoted in a recent U.S. Medicine article about the VA’s proposed rule that could improve access to care for veterans by giving them direct access to nurse practitioners and other APRNs. Jensen said, “We may offer the best healthcare in the nation to our veterans, but that doesn’t help them if they don’t have access because our providers are booked.”

Congratulations to Retired Army Major Paul Kapsar, an AANP member who was appointed to the advisory board of telemedicine startup PointNurse.  With more than 44 years of health care experience, Kapsar has “a wealth of hands on experience in healthcare in both military and private practice.” Read more.

AANP member Jessica Fricke was quoted in an article about the importance of preventing mosquito bites to reduce exposure to West Nile and Zika viruses.

Allyson Reynolds was profiled by the Idaho Business Review.  A self-described “science nerd,” this AANP member earned bachelors degrees in zoology and psychology before she entered nursing school. With a colleague, Reynolds established the St. Luke’s Children’s Intestinal Rehabilitation Clinic. She helps address the needs of infants and children with short bowel syndrome.

Congratulations to AANP member Dr. Clareen Wiencek, who is the new president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Board of Directors.  AANP member Paula S. McCauley is also a member of the AACN BOD. Read the press release.

Dr. Loretta Ford Asks for Your Support of VA Proposed Rule

Dear Colleague,

As I am sure you are aware, we are at a historic crossroads in our profession – a unique opportunity to have NP delivered care readily available to the servicemen and women seeking health care through Veterans Administration facilities.

The Veterans Administration has proposed a rule change that would allow NPs who care for our veterans to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training nationwide. The VA is one of the largest employers of NPs, and this change is likely to have a positive impact well beyond the VA.

We have powerful allies, but we also have opposition, and they are working very hard to pressure the VA to withdraw this proposed change. You know the arguments: that NPs need physician oversight; that NP care is not safe; that NPs can work in teams as long as the team is led by a physician. Not a shred of evidence supports these arguments, but they are making them nonetheless.

The proposed rule is open for public comment through July 25, 2016. As advocates for our patients, every one of us has a responsibility to make sure that our voices are heard on this critical issue.

I ask that you join with me and take action.

Visit for a compelling look at the VA situation and a 30-second television spot that we have created to help garner support for direct access to NPs by VA patients.  Then, take a minute to lend your support for the proposed rule. It couldn’t be simpler or more important. Just use this link to send in your comments, and tell the VA that you stand in support of the proposal to give veterans better access to NP care.

You can make a difference. Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity.

Thank you,

Loretta C. Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANP
Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Rochester
Co-Founder of the nurse practitioner role, 1965