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Fall Conference, Proclamations, & TV Coverage all Celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week 

NMNPC is happy that our first-ever fall conference held on November 9th to kick off NP Week was a huge success. A Celebration of NP Week: Caring for New Mexico's Families offered 8 contact hours of CE, including 3 contact hours of pharmacology CE. The conference was at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe and focused on health care issues relevant to families in New Mexico. 

Thank you to Mayors Javier Gonzales, Richard Berry and Tommy Roberts, as well as Governor Susana Martinez, the San Juan County Commission, and the City Council of Farmington for recognizing the outstanding contributions of nurse practitioners in New Mexico by issuing proclamations during NP Week.

Also, if you missed the NP Week interview with Carolyn Montoya, PNP that aired on KOB Channel 4 click HERE to watch that news clip.

New Mexico Groups Join to Raise Awareness for National Diabetes Month

The American Diabetes Association and the New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council urge New Mexicans to know the signs and see their primary care provider if they think they have diabetes. If they already have diabetes, the groups want them to know what to do to take care of themselves. For more information please click HERE to view the flyer for World Diabetes Day.

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

NMNPC recorded the 5 hours of our 2015 annual conference in April 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 now.

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.

2015 Legislative Lobbyist Reports

The 2015 NM legislature is in session. The NMNPC legislative lobbyist is hard at work for us and her weekly reports are available on our Legislation & Policy page. Our key legislation this year is a bill to remove administrative barriers to NP practice. Senate Bill 299 (SB 299) modifies numerous sections of law by expanding the definition of primary care practitioner to now include an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant working within the person’s scope of practice. For example, SB 299 addresses the issue of who may certify a person who has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (now restricted to a licensed physician) to include the expanded list of an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant working within the person’s scope of practice. SB 299 also empowers an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant working within the person’s scope of practice to issue a certificate that states a minor physical condition may be endangered by a vaccination. Other areas where SB299 expands the scope of practice for nurse practitioners and other non-physician practitioners include issuing certificates stating that bus drivers are free of all communicable diseases in a transmittable stage that may be dangerous to the health of students. Certificates for all education employees may be issued by an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant working within the person’s scope of practice on a form prescribed by the Department of Health and approved by the Public Education Department. For more information on this bill 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 NMNPC has our first 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 ( 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 .

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