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Deadline September 5, 2012
2013 AANP National Conference Call for Abstracts

AANP is currently accepting abstracts for the 28th National Conference for nurse practitioners, scheduled June 19-23, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The 2013 conference will cover the full range of clinical specialties, practice settings and experiential levels. Major abstract categories include clinical/practice and research.  Abstract selections will be based on the quality and clarity of the abstract and relevance to the contemporary NP practice environment. Only abstracts submitted by September 5, 2012 will be reviewed.  To learn more, go to the Call for Abstracts at the following URL.  One week remains to submit abstracts.  

AANP State Award for Excellence 2013

Nominations are now open for the prestigious AANP State Award for Excellence 2013. The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice. The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients of this award have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs. Visit for more information and to begin the nomination process.

Call for NP Participation in Observational Study

The AANP Network for Research (AANPNR) is currently conducting the Direct Observation of NP Care (DONPC) study.  DONPC involves an NP-researcher conducting direct observations of NP-patient encounters in 20 geographically varied NP practices.  The goal is to primarily include independently-practicing NPs—those who either own their practice or who practice in settings without a physician present.  There are still a few openings for participation over the next few months.  To learn more about the unique opportunity to contribute to NP research by participating in DONPC, contact AANP’s research coordinator, Kevin Traylor, at  To learn more about AANPNR, go to 

Health Policy @ Work

In this week’s Newsday, Dr. Norman H. Edelman and Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss of Stony Brook University spoke about addressing primary care workforce needs.  The pair suggested focusing on producing more nurse practitioners as viable approach to increasing the number of primary care providers.  "There's ample evidence that these clinicians can provide primary care equivalent to physicians in outpatient settings.  New York should remove the demeaning restrictions to independent practice of nurse practitioners, such as the requirement that they subject themselves to superfluous 'physician supervision.'  Download the full article at


SB 1524, a bill that eases restrictions on NP and CNPs furnishing medications, has passed both of the CA legislature and is on its way to the governor’s desk.  This bill removes the 6-month post-graduation physician supervision requirements prior to an NP obtaining furnishing authority in the state.  The California Association for Nurse Practitioners played a lead role in moving this legislation.  Get a summary of the legislative action and read the full bill as


The CMS Innovation Center has selected 500 primary care sites in 7 states to participate in the Comprehensive Primary care Initiative.  The practices will partner with CMS, state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans and business with the goals of improving access, improving quality and lowering costs.  Is your practice participating?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation continues to explore implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing Report with a brief on using nurses in primary care.  The brief highlights the NP role and suggests how the full use of the nursing profession can transform primary care delivery in a positive way.

The task force issued its final recommendation statement on screening for chronic kidney disease.  To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, go to A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation statement in plain language is also posted on this web page.  The final recommendation can also be found in the online edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.


Health care and advocacy groups join to protect children most vulnerable to influenza.  A disproportionately high number of children with neurologic disorders died from influenza-related complications during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a study by scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The report in the journal Pediatrics underscores the importance of influenza vaccination to protect children with neurologic disorders.  CDC is joining with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Families Fighting Flu and Family Voices to spread the message about the importance of influenza vaccination and treatment in these children. For more information access the following link: 

Spotlight on NPs

AANP Director of Health Policy State Governmental Affairs, Tay Kopanos, DNP discusses the appropriate utilization of available health care workforce in an article in "Clinician Reviews." One of the key issues that both NPs and PAs have been trying to address in recent years is their inability to order home health care and hospice services for their Medicare patients. “When it comes to managing Medicare beneficiaries and getting them home health care services and hospice, we are regulated to care standards of 1965,” Kopanos says. “Nowhere else in health care would we find it appropriate to limit a patient’s ability to get health care to standards that are decades old, when new advances have come forward.”

AANP member Cmdr. Michael Service became the officer in charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic, Mayport during a change of charge on Aug. 17 at the clinic. Board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, his impressive record includes serving as primary preceptor for over 30 independent duty corpsmen, completing the requirements for designation as an Expeditionary Strike Group Surgeon, serving as interim Officer in Charge and Head of Medical Services overseeing the delivery of quality medical care to over 6,800 beneficiaries, and serving as one of the senior Nurse Corps detailers responsible for the distribution, assignment, and career management of more than 900 nurses representing 16 different subspecialties. Read more at 

AANP member and psychiatric nurse practitioner Laura Leahy, RN, MSN, APN, PMHNP/CNS-B turned to DNA testing to help a patient who had suffered from profound depression for more than 30 years and discovered the patient’s genetic makeup indicated the way she metabolized psychotropic drugs meant her current treatments were likely to fail. Using a person’s DNA to predict how they will react to psychotropic drugs takes some of the trial and error out of determining which drug is best for which patient. Leahy said the test can tell her how a certain type of drug might interact with a woman’s birth control pills or a person’s blood pressure medication, based on the genetic profile of their liver enzymes. 

Visits to retail clinics increased by fourfold nationwide from 2007 to 2009, according to a study released last week by the RAND Corporation. The retail health market appears to have "tapped into patients' needs," study authors said. Most care delivered by retail clinics was limited to common acute ailments -- such as upper respiratory or urinary tract infections -- as well as flu shots. The most common retail clinic patient was a young adult without a primary care physician. AANP member Beth Haney, DNP says, "NPs are well positioned to do more, especially with the influx of millions of patients in California's health care system." 

AANP member Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN was featured in an Advance for NPs & PAs video titled, "A Nurse Practitioner Remembers 9/11." Haber, an associate dean at NYU's College of Nursing at the time, was in New York City on 9/11 and recalls that the university sent every available healthcare provider - including students and faculty - to NYU Medical Center to treat the victims of the World Trade Center attacks.  "We were showering them, giving out clean clothes, washing their eyes, helping them connect with their families," Haber remembers. "But by 2 p.m., they stopped coming. There was not even a trickle. They just stopped."  Haber shares her 9/11 story in the video at 

AANP Foundation

The AANP Foundation Scholarship and Grant Program 2012 Funding Cycle opened August 1, 2012.  Please visit for complete availability information, eligibility requirements and application materials.  The deadline to submit an application is September 23, 2012

National NP Week 2012

National NP Week 2012 will be held November 11 – 17. A resource guide will be available in early September for use in planning activities and initiatives to spotlight the NP role.   Many states use this as an opportunity to secure proclamations from elected officials to recognize NPs during the week. A template is available at the link below for your use in preparing a proclamation. We are providing this in advance of the resource guide so that you may contact your governor, senators, representatives, or other elected officials to enlist their support for NPs during NP Week 2012.

The theme for NP Week 2012 is:
Your Partner in Health – The Nurse Practitioner
Informed . . . Involved . . . In Touch

In addition to showcasing the role of the NP and the value of NP delivered health care, NP Week 2012 will also provide information on AANP’s commitment to Joining Forces, the White House initiative designed to bring attention to the unique needs of America’s military families. November 11, 2012 is Veterans Day, providing the perfect backdrop for recognizing this important patient population.

If you have any questions, please contact

Save the Dates!
AANP 28th National Conference
June 19-23, 2013

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® & Sands® Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV 

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