Feels like summer is already here! This update is a bit tardy, please forgive me. Helping with 2 grants and writing 2 additional grants in a period of 3 weeks took up most of my time. Since our last update in early May, you may be noticing that there are more discussions in the media about nurse practitioners. It is good to see this uptick – some articles we may cheer about, others make us realize we have a lot of work to do (e.g., the 6/7/12 front page article in the Omaha World Herald titled “If doctor’s not in, can nurse fill the role?” http://www.omaha.com/article/20120607/LIVEWELL01/706079926
With the help of many of you and the NAC’s Executive Committee I wrote an op-ed to that article. It was denied yesterday (they said it was too similar to the original article) so I shortened it up and submitted it as a “letter to the editor.” Unfortunately, R.H.’s beautiful story didn’t make the paper. I will include it here:
R. H., a NP from South-central Nebraska, was the primary healthcare provider for an elderly gentleman who was recently widowed. When he couldn’t drive anymore she started making house calls. On one occasion he was too dizzy to get off the couch. His pulse was 36. An EKG she obtained indicated he was in complete heart block. Ms. H. called Emergency Medical Services, the gentleman was transferred to the hospital, and a pacemaker was implanted. Over the next four years she continued to make house calls. When his health began to fail, he begged her not to send him to a nursing home. She honored his wishes, and with the help of Hospice, he was able to spend his last days at home.
Recent media releases and upcoming events:
• From AANP SmartBrief email@example.com
• Expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners will help alleviate the shortage in primary care doctors and reduce health care costs, physician John W. Rowe writes. Opposition from medical groups is an obstacle to progress despite analyses that show giving NPs more authority doesn’t affect physician incomes, Rowe writes. TheAtlantic.com
• July 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT – Strategies and Tactics for Successful Legislation to Remove Barriers to APRN Practice and Care (invitation to be sent) thru Campaign For Action www.championnursing.org
• One Strong Voice a health policy blog (web-log) from the ANA was launched in April. One of the main focuses of the blog is removal of barriers to practice for APRNs
Go to www.ananursespace.org/ANANURSESPACE/BlogsMain/One_Strong_Voice/
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A small group met on Friday, June 8 in Lincoln for a meeting with NNA, NAC, and NNP organized by Cora Micek. Points of discussion were:
• Talked about using a “grass top” approach-contacts made by NPs that are leaders in legislative districts
• Using disaster examples – Joplin, Katrina to make sure NE is prepared
• Mirror the language of IA
• Do a gap analysis between the NCSB and NE Scope of Practice
• Collect stories
Here’s to building needed momentum!!!!!!