Current News and Items of Interest
As a new feature on our Facebook page and here on our website, we'll be highlighting active members of our NMNPC community in an effort to expand our understanding of what it means to be a nurse practitioner in New Mexico. Our first look is at Bethany Reed. Bethany moved to New Mexico and joined NMNPC this year. She has already become an incredible asset to the organization. She's actively involved as a member of the conference planning committee and will also present at our annual conference in 2015. She was kind enough to answer a few questions as our first highlighted member. To read her answers, visit our Facebook page - and while you're there, be sure to "Like" us! (If you don't have access to Facebook, click here to read more.)
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.
NMNPC has a DVD available with the 5 hours of non-cancer pain management now required for re-licensure. The DVD also includes additional bonus CE and is available to members for $110 (non-members may purchase the DVD for $150). For more information, or to order Non-Cancer Pain Management and Bonus Pharmacology, click here.
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.
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 wouldnâ€™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.
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.
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 .
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.
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