Save the Date

The NMNPC Fall Conference will be November 18, 2016 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe. Plan now to attend and celebrate the conclusion of Nurse Practitioner Week (November 13-19) with us. Online registration will open soon - for more information contact Rachel Bevan at (505) 948-4115 or RBevan@NMNPC.org.

 

Learning Needs Survey

The NMNPC Conference Committee would like your input and help in planning future continuing education activities. Please complete our learning needs survey by clicking on the link below. The survey will take only about 5 minutes to complete - we appreciate your help!

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Current News and Items of Interest

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TeleECHO Virtual Clinic for Nurse Practitioners

NMNPC has collaborated with Project ECHO over the past several years, recognizing its value for nurse practitioners in all areas of New Mexico. Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model intended to revolutionize continuing education and exponentially increase workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. NMNPC supports Project ECHO because:

  • People need access to specialty care for their complex health conditions.
  • There aren't enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved communities.
  • ECHO trains primary care clinicians to provide specialty care services. This means more people can get the care they need.
  • Patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This improves outcomes and reduces costs.
For more information about the weekly primary care TeleECHO Clinic, click the highlighted link to visit the Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife TeleECHO Clinic webpage. You can also get more information about this weekly virtual clinic from this interesting short video.

 

3rd Annual New Mexico Regional Diabetes Symposium

Free continuing education provided by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and MandatoryCE, LLC in collaboration with NMNPC will be offered on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Albuquerque Marriott on Louisiana Boulevard from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. More information and registration is available at the MandatoryCE website.

2015 Update of Mandatory CE on Non-Cancer Pain Management Available Now

NMNPC recorded the 5 hours of our 2015 annual conference that covered the non-cancer pain management CE required for re-licensure. Our updated independent learning activity on DVD with those 5 hours is available for purchase.

This program is approved for 5.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 5.0 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 1505251. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards. 

To purchase the 2015 DVD set, go to our online store or click here.

2016 Legislative Lobbyist Reports

The 2016 New Mexico legislature session ended February 18. Some key legislation this year included 1) HB102 providing for a process to evaluate proposed changes in scope of practice; 2) SB105 proving for expedited licensing of applicants who are licensees in good standing in another jurisdiction in the United States; 3) HB270 requiring New Mexicans who choose to receive health care outside of New Mexico, and who believe they have been harmed, to bring the claim or action in the jurisdiction where the services were received; and 4) HB277 authorizing possession, storage, distribution, prescription, dispensing and administration of FDA‑approved opioid antagonists such as Naxalone.

The NMNPC legislative lobbyist worked tirelessly again this year representing nurse practitioners and her weekly reports are available on our Legislation & Policy page. For more information on these bills and other legislation relevant to nurse practitioners use the link to our lobbyist's reports above.

Meet Member Rachel Bevan

As a new feature on our Facebook page and here on our website, we'll be highlighting active members of our organization. NMNPC has our first-ever employee who is our current Member Highlight. Visit our Facebook page to read more about Rachel - and while you're there, be sure to "Like" us! (If you don't have access to Facebook, click here to read more.)

Universal Vaccine Purchase Program Survives

NMNPC member Therese Hidalgo, CFNP, recently worked with other stakeholders in preserving New Mexico's Universal Vaccine Purchase Program. This program has been instrumental in increasing the rate of childhood immunization in New Mexico from about 33% in 1995 to 71.6% in 2012. This immunization rate even surpasses the national rate of 68.4% and puts New Mexico in the unfamiliar position of being on a "good" list instead of ranking near the bottom on important measures of childhood health and welfare. NMNPC congratulates Ms. Hidalgo - her patient advocacy is an exemplary example of the work nurse practitioners across New Mexico do every day. For more information from Ms. Hidalgo about this successful effort, click here.

Please contact NMNPC if you or a colleague has another example of excellent NP practice, so we can recognize your work here and during National NP Week in November.

Update on Pain Management Rules and Required Continuing Education

Some NPs in New Mexico are still unaware of how the pain management rules that took effect in 2012 affect their practice. The rules affect all NPs who hold DEA and Controlled Substance licensure - even if they don't do pain management. Do you know the rules? In addition to needing 5 contact hours of continuing education, there are other requirements that you need to meet. We've summarized this information - to find out if you're on track, click here.

Current Status of National Home Health Care Legislation

NM Representative Steve Pearce has agreed to become a co-sponsor of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 (HR2504/S1332), joining Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Lujan as well as Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich in cosponsoring the bill. This wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of NPs from New Mexico. Thanks to everyone who communicated with their Members of Congress and voiced their support for this important bill. NPs can continue to use the link on the AANP website (http://www.capwiz.com/aanp/home/) to allow AANP members in our state to contact their Members of Congress on other issues impacting NPs.

Chronic Disease Information Available From AHRQ

NMNPC is exploring a partnership with AHRQ to bring the resources of its Effective Health Care Program to New Mexico's nurse practitioners and our patients. They have developed a growing library of free resources in English and Spanish that compare health care interventions and treatment options for a variety of conditions. Nearly half (45 percent) of all Americans report at least one chronic illness, and 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Given the prevalence of chronic diseases, nurses and patients need to know the treatment options that are available to them, the associated costs, and the bottom-line facts on which treatments may help or harm. AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program is a leading resource on evidence-based research on a variety of chronic disease including cancer; heart and blood vessel conditions; diabetes; and muscle, bone and joint conditions, in addition to others. These products are part of a growing library of research reviews, English and Spanish summaries, and continuing education activities produced by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.

Free AHRQ resources for clinicians

PTSD Screening Recommendations

The Institute of Medicine recommends that primary care providers conduct PTSD screening at least once a year when seeing service members at Department of Defense treatment centers or at TRICARE facilities, according to their congressionally mandated report. The report notes that, of service members and veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and screened positive for PTSD symptoms, about 40% have received a referral for additional evaluation or treatment, and of those referred, about 65% go on to receive treatment. For more information and for updates to recommendations for service members, go to U.S. Medicine - The Voice of Federal Medicine.

Membership in NMNPC

Strong representation for nurse practitioners in New Mexico is dependent on having a solid membership base. By joining NMNPC, New Mexico's NPs provide support to the only state-wide NP organization that works for all NPs to maintain a favorable practice environment, allowing us to effectively advocate for our patients. Membership is for a calendar year, beginning the day you join. To becoming a member or renew your current membership, use the membership tab in the menu bar above .

Member Information

Please visit this web site regularly to keep up to date on issues affecting NPs, our patients, and our practices. Click here for more information about membership and benefits.

NP Licensure Information

Visit our NP Licensure page for information about becoming licensed as a nurse practitioner in New Mexico.

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NMNPC has two scholarship funds honoring members who served with distinction. Please donate generously to support nurse practitioner students. The NMNPC legislative lobbyist provides services important to all nurse practitioners in New Mexico. Whether or not you're a member of NMNPC, please make a donation today to help support these important programs.

Candelario Garcia and Myrna Wood Founder's Scholarships

Student NPs may apply for these scholarships beginning in October. We award four $500 Candelario Garcia Scholarships. The Myrna Wood Founder's Scholarship varies depending on donations received.

Formulary

NMNPC developed a generic formulary that NPs may customize to their specific practice and submit to the Board of Nursing when applying for licensure in New Mexico.

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Administrative Assistant Position Open

NMNPC is looking for an administrative assistant. If you know someone who is interested please email Rachel Bevan at rbevan@nmnpc.org