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. Jan Towers was among the experts who shared MACRA pointers for nurse practitioners during a #TCPiChat on Twitter hosted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which is a complex piece of legislation that creates new billing formulas based on quality. Experts including Towers, Elizabeth Arend and Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan shared crucial information on the transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements. View a summary of the chat on Storify.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, one of 22 AANP members who will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing later this month. Read a press release about her recognition.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke appeared on WSBA last week and discussed the role of nurse practitioners. She also shared the importance of modernizing regulations to give veterans full and direct access to the care NPs provide in VHA facilities.

“I believe I am here for a reason,” breast cancer survivor and AANP member Tina Spruell told a reporter from the Houston Chronicle.  According to an article profiling Spruell, she “believes that her own experience battling cancer has helped her grow even more passionate about women’s health and even more compassionate toward those who struggle with health problems.”

U.S. Congressional Representative Lynn Jenkins attended a presentation on health care policy by AANP member Shawn Raymond. Raymond urged modernization of legislation related to NP practice in Kansas and indicated that the current practice environment limits access to health care for patients in rural communities. Learn more.

AANP member Agnes Yahl was pictured in an article about the care and education she provides county employees in Waco, Texas. According to the article, “Allowing employees to see a nurse practitioner only five minutes from their work station encourages them to discuss health issues they might not otherwise.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State recently honored AANP member Laura Markwick as the New York State Nurse Practitioner of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in underserved areas of New York State and who have advanced the profession through outstanding leadership, mentoring or education. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Jeanette Parker was among the authors of an Advance for NPs & PAs article titled “Combatting Infant Pertussis with Cocooning.”  According to the authors, “Support of cocooning presents an important advocacy opportunity for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). While some patients and their families who interact with infants may realize the importance of Tdap vaccinations, others likely do not appreciate the risks. NPs and PAs should leverage the contact and influence we have with families as well as individuals within our communities to encourage Tdap vaccination across the lifespan, per current CDC recommendations. In so doing, we will play a critical role in reducing the incidence of pertussis in the United States, especially in the very young.”

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 Region 3 Director Susan Schrand wrote a letter to the editor of Penn Live that urged lawmakers to pass legislation to expand patient access to health care by eliminating outdated policies related to nurse practitioners. Schrand wrote, “legislators should retire linked licensure and ensure Pennsylvania’s patients have access to timely, high-quality, patient-centered health care.”

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time when nurse practitioners focus on the importance of diagnosing, treating and managing patients’ chronic pain. Read this timely Huffington Post article by AANP Fellow Capt. James LaVelle Dickens to learn five steps to help conquer chronic pain.

A US News report on ways that graduate degrees in nursing pay off quoted AANP president Dr. Cindy Cooke and AANP member Sara Marlow, who is also known as @MissFNP on Twitter. Read what Cooke, Marlow and others had to say about employment opportunities for new nurse practitioners.

Congratulations to AANP member Gwyn Parris-Atwell, who received a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region GEM Award.  Parris-Atwell is an active United States Air Force Reservist and Chief Nurse to the Squadron Commander at McGuire AFB.  She won in the category of Excellence in Education and Mentorship and was recognized for her unparalleled leadership and clinical and mentorship capabilities. Read the press release.

Content from the convenient care / urgent care track at the AANP 2016 Specialty & Leadership Conference was covered by MedCity News. Nurse practitioners increase patients’ access to care and provide a full range of health care services. Read this article to learn more about trends related to convenient care. Quotes were provided by AANP Fellow Nancy Zaner, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for Walmart Care Clinics, and AANP members Sue Ferbet, Chief Nurse Practitioner at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, and Dr. Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer for CVS Health Minute Clinics. #AANPSLC

AANP member Thanh Nguyen was quoted in a second MedCity News article about the return on investment (ROI) of telehealth. According to the article, “Nguyen said while presenting evidence that telemedicine is helping healthcare achieve the triple aim of improved patient experience and population health at a lower cost. ‘It will be interesting to see where the bottom line will be and if this is paying off,’ she said. ‘I know we have saved lives by having these services available to our patient population.’”

Congratulations to AANP member Cris Custer, who was recognized by the University of Wisconsin (UW) for providing personalized care.  The honor was related to UW’s Project 72 initiative, which highlights the work of graduates.  “Through the past 21 years, I have been able to focus on the promotion of health as well as the prevention, early detection and optimal management of diseases,” Custer said about her role. Read more.

A Rheumatoid Arthritis News article covered AANP’s request that patients and health care providers work together to ensure that chronic pain is treated properly. The article quoted AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke, who said, “Patients living with acute and chronic pain need prompt and reliable access to their health care provider of choice and effective pain relief. National Pain Awareness Month serves as a reminder that nearly one-third of Americans suffer daily from the debilitating condition of chronic pain.”

Congratulations to AANP member Jenna Cicchillo who was named Gem of the Year by the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance.  According to the press release, the annual award recognizes an individual who serves the community with distinction.

Spotlight on NPs

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

An Advance for NPs & PAs article about the top education related concerns for nurse practitioners quoted several expert nursing faculty, including AANP Fellows Dr. Shelley Hawkins, Dr. Sheila Melander and Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, as well as AANP members Dr. Laurel Halloran and Dr. Candace Harrington.  A faculty shortage, challenges securing clinical placements, the DNP degree and changes in education were discussed. According to Hawkins, “Given the scope of the role and the complexity of the world in which we live, we must have more highly educated NPs, and this is why we must be prepared to offer our students a comprehensive, cutting-edge education.”

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new nurse practitioner run clinic that was recently opened by Columbia University.  According to Ferrara,  “Nurse practitioners focus on the whole person and help patients make lifestyle choices that can actually prevent diseases and help them stay as healthy as possible. We get to know each patient, his or her history, health goals and challenges, so that together we can develop a clear and personalized treatment plan.” Read more on the Columbia University and Daily Nurse websites.

Dr. Andrea Barnes-Grant and Dr. Kathy Ingelse are AANP members and Jonas Scholars who were motivated to earn doctoral degrees because they wanted to improved health care for veterans.  According to a article, Brigadier General (Ret) William T. Bester, senior adviser, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program  said, “Scholars such as Dr. Grant and Dr. Ingelse will greatly impact upon the care we provide to our veterans by focusing their clinical expertise and their research efforts on veteran-specific healthcare issues such as TBI, PTSD, other mental health disorders related to deployments and combat, poly-trauma, loss of hearing and eyesight, military sexual trauma, spinal cord injuries and homelessness, just to name a few.”

One of the first nurse practitioners to practice in the Middle East was AANP member Nikki Miller. When the United Arab Emirates agreed to recognize and allow the use of nurse practitioners only at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi campus, Miller answered the call. She recently shared her experiences with FNP students at Illinois State University’s Methodist College of Nursing. Read more.

AANP member Dr. Danielle Sarik was among the authors of a blog that addressed the importance of pending legislation related to APRN practice in Pennsylvania. According to the blog, removing outdated barriers to practice and “Utilizing APRNs to their full potential could relieve our strained system.”

September is Pain Awareness Month, and AANP Fellow Brett Snodgrass has been busy sharing her expertise. Snodgrass was quoted in a Medpage Today article based on a survey with results that indicated many patients lack knowledge of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She was also mentioned in an Advance for NPs & PAs article about what it takes to be opioid free.

AANP member, oncology NP and cancer survivor Carlene Springer was profiled by NBC Nebraska.  According to the article, patients appreciate Springer’s compassion, and Springer said, “Oncology is my passion. When I’m not here, I’m miserable. When I’m here, that’s what I’m meant to do.”

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Nan Gaylord whose achievements were recently recognized by the American Academy of Nursing. Gaylord, also the director for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Nursing Practice, was acknowledged for her ongoing efforts to bring nurse-led health care to underinsured and uninsured children in the Knoxville, TN, area.

AANP member Dr. Rebecca Bates wrote an article on the DNP Essentials for Advance for NPs & PAs that discussed how to apply knowledge and skills acquired in a DNP program to practice and positively impact health outcomes for patients.  Bates asked, “When was the last time you read the DNP Essentials and thought about how the DNP Essentials can provide a framework for your professional growth and development?” She encouraged readers to join her in using the DNP Essentials to change the world.

In July, AANP Fellow Dr. Margaret “Marge” Dean contributed to a US News article that advised seniors about important things to look for when they are seeking a new health care provider. Dean emphasized the importance of finding a provider who would take time to really listen to their patients.

Do your patients know the facts about flu shots? AANP member Kimberly A. Young distinguished facts from myths in an article for the Courier Post.

AANP CE Center Features Free Continuing Education Opportunities for NPs

Survey for NPs Who Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Are you a nurse practitioner who treats Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)?  If so, AANP is seeking your insight to help identify clinical challenges. Your response to a quick 10 minute survey will guide AANP in the development of a new T2DM CE activity that will target the learning needs of NPs working in this therapeutic area. After the CE activity is developed, it will be available on the AANP CE Center at no cost. Participation in the survey is available for a limited time, so let your voice be heard!  Respond today. Thank you for your time and input.

Interactive T2DM Newsletter with Free CE
AANP has launched an interactive T2DM newsletter, Incretin-Based Therapies in the Management of T2DM (0.75 CE which includes 0.75 pharmacology credit).  The goal of this activity is to assist primary care clinicians in addressing glycemic variability in patients with T2DM, with a focus on the optimal use of GLP-1 receptor agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors in individualized treatment regimens. This case based learning activity is offered at no cost to members and non-members.  The program was developed by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in cooperation with MCM Education and supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.  To access this program, please visit the AANP CE Center.


New Diabetes Management CE
AANP has launched a new learning activity, Getting Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients to Goal:  The Role of New and Emerging Injectable Therapies (1.0 CE, which includes 1.0 pharmacology credit). This case-based learning activity reviews the newest injectable therapies including basal analogs and GLP1s, while identifying best practices for selecting, initiating and advancing appropriate injectable therapies in the treatment of T2DM. The program is geared toward primary care nurse practitioners and is offered at no cost to members and non-members due to an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.

Obesity Management CE
Treatment and management of obesity is complex, and therefore, it is important for nurse practitioners to individualize treatment plans and incorporate evidenced based strategies into their practice. How to Talk to Your Patients about Obesity:  A Dialogue about Obesity Management (1.2 CE with 0.50 pharmacology) is a case-based learning activity demonstrating ways to improve clinician/patient engagement, communication, assessment and management of obesity. The program is geared toward nurse practitioners and is offered at no cost to members and non-members. Funding was provided by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

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 a recent article, AANP Fellow Dr. Randolph Rasch, who is the dean of the MSU College of Nursing and a distinguished scholar in the National Academies of Practice, offered valuable advice to nursing students, including the following:  “Move forward. Be adventurous in your problem solving. Pursue limitless thinking. Adapt to the ever-changing environment; the sooner you begin thinking of yourselves as creative, clinical problem-solvers – the better.”

AANP Fellow Dr. David Campbell-O’Dell wrote an article on the international impact of the practice doctorate that was published in Advance for NPs & PAs.  He concluded that “Doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurses have a tremendous duty that begins at home. Influencing outcomes is our concern. We are growing, evolving and blazing paths that can support this goal, but we have a long way to go. Keeping a laser focus on dynamics here in this country while applying what works in other countries may help turn the tide in quality and cost.”

A nursing scholarship has been established in memory of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill who were killed tragically on August 25. Learn more about Sister Held and Sister Merrill and the scholarship fund.

AANP Region 2 Director Dr. Stephen Ferrara was quoted in an article about New York state expanding its medical marijuana program to allow nurse practitioners to authorize the drug for patients. According to Ferrara, “Allowing nurse practitioners to participate in New York’s program will provide greater access to New Yorkers of all ages and health conditions, since these New Yorkers are increasingly choosing a nurse practitioner as their health care provider.”

Mary Pasternacki, an AANP member, wrote an op-ed about nurse practitioners that was published by Flagstaff Business News. Pasternacki recently opened her own clinic in Arizona and described how full practice authority in AZ and other states makes it possible for NPs to provide high quality health care to previously underserved populations.

AANP South Carolina State Rep Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun wrote an article for Advance for NPs & PAs that discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s 2014 report on the regulation of advanced practice nursing.  According to Demonbreun, “state legislators and regulators should carefully consider whether the goals of collaboration and coordination can be achieved via less restrictive alternatives.”

Tanya Spoon, an AANP member, opened a clinic that operates according to a direct primary care model, with patients paying a monthly membership fee, rather than using insurance.  Her clinic was featured in an article about the popularity of the direct primary care model.

AANP member Agnes Oblas wrote an article for her local paper comparing the health of her community to that of the rest of the nation.  According to Oblas, “For a month I tallied the diagnoses of my patients in three main categories:  obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. I then did some simple math to get the percentage of these diagnoses in relation to the total number of patients in my practice. This percentage could then be compared to national data.” Read more about her findings.

Sleep specialist and AANP member Teresa Valerio participated in a Q&A session on the secrets of sleep.  Valerio discussed her recent research, the importance of sleep, and common sleep problems. After indicating that sleep disorders may be behavioral or biological, Valerio offered six tips to improve sleep.

AANP member Eric Fast answered several questions about insomnia for readers of the Lewiston Tribune.  He advised against using alcohol as a sleep aid and provided several other helpful recommendations for people with insomnia.


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 expresses our sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the families of our nurse practitioner colleagues, Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held. Sister Merrill and Sister Held were found slain in their home last week. The two nurse practitioners, working in the Lexington Medical Clinic and serving the poor in Mississippi, exemplified the best of the NP community. Sister Merrill was a long-time member of AANP and Sister Held had also been a member. The entire NP community mourns their tragic and heartbreaking passing and grieves with their families, friends and the patients they served. Learn more about Sister Merrill and Sister Held in the first part of a video posted by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Capt. Carol Lindsey, an AANP member, was featured on page 30 of The Heartbeat, an alumni magazine published by the University of Miami. Capt. Lindsey served in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 30 years, and the article highlighted the positive difference she made during her illustrious career. Capt. Lindsey reported a love for the work she did with PHS and HRSA, and she said, “I worked in some really isolated areas, where I saw people who were so poor they were living in buses. Visiting health centers in these areas, seeing how they provide care, and talking to patients was enlightening. I was fortunate to be able to facilitate some health care for them.” NPs interested in serving in PHS or HRSA may contact Capt. Lindsey for additional information.

AANP Recording Secretary Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Tuttle was featured in recent news coverage related to her role as Vice President of ProMedica Urgent Care. Watch a local news report, where she described the role nurse practitioners would play in a new ProMedica facility in Sylvania Township.

Congratulations to AANP member Diana Oakley, who recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Casey Clinic. Oakley was nominated by a patient who complimented her for providing exceptional care and giving back to the community. The monthly DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, and was created to thank nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families. Read the press release.

AANP Alabama State Representative Dr. Kathleen Rhodes discussed the risk of college freshmen gaining unwanted weight in a local news report. According to Rhodes, parents should talk to their college-aged children about balancing school and health needs.  Additionally, parents should encourage young adults to eat a good breakfast, because it “jump starts the metabolism and provides that initial morning energy.”

In a news story about a viral social media video, AANP member Kristina Morris was interviewed regarding the negative effects of giving babies alcohol. According to Morris, if children consume alcohol, “In the short term they’re at risk for alcohol toxicity which can cause respiratory distress and gastrointestinal problems.”

AANP member Tina Monlezun was quoted in a local news story about flood related illnesses in Louisiana.  According to Monlezun, gastrointestinal infections tetanus are two health issues that flood victims should take steps to prevent.

A local news story featured an important back-to-school message from AANP Fellow Wendy Wright. Watch Health Lice Myths and Realities to learn more about preventing and treating infestation by this parasite.

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.”