June 2017 Newsletter

Legislative Update 2017

Do you know the facts about NP practice in Alabama?  Want to review? Click here!

The Alabama Legislature has concluded for the 2017 year. Gov. Ivey has called for a special election to fill the vacancy of the U.S. Senate seat of Jeff Sessions. Please review the potential candidates and consider those who support the practice of nursing and Nurse Practitioners. Luther Strange, most recently Attorney General of Alabama, has been appointed to complete the term of Sen. Sessions.

Health Care Reform in the 115th Congress: Click here to find action points for contacting your U. S. Representatives and Senators to ensure that any health care reform legislation is patient centric and includes NPs as a high-quality health care provider.  We must be pro-active – remember that old saying, “If you aren’t at the table, you just might be the meal!” NPs in Alabama have been the meal too often in the past! It is time to step up and speak out!

2017 AANP State Awards for Excellence
NPAA would like to congratulate this year's 2017 AANP State Awards for Excellence Recipients.  These colleagues will be recognized next month at the AANP National Conference held in Philadelphia, PA.  

The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP practice.  The 2017 recipient is  Michele Talley , PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC. 

The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution to increasing awareness and recognition of NPs.  The 2017 recipient is  Nancy Turnham , DNP, FNP-C.

11th Annual NPAA Conference

The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) will hold its 11th Annual Advanced Nursing Practice Conference on October 27-28th, 2017 at the Hyatt Wynfrey Conference Center in Birmingham, AL (located at Galleria Mall). 
Be An Exhibitor!

Anticipated attendance for the conference is approximately 250-300 practicing nurse practitioners from all parts of the State. Additionally, the conference will include more than 20 exhibitors and sponsors on site and offers tremendous opportunity for your company to interact with experienced, practicing nurse practitioners.  Reserve your space today!
  Get the Early Bird Discount!  

Join us to celebrate the 11th Annual Conference held Friday Oct 27-Saturday Oct 28, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel Conference Center! Enjoy an exciting day of CEUs on Friday, do some shopping at the Galleria on Friday evening, then join us back on Saturday morning for a half day of CE activities.  Register now!

A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media

The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially as the number of social media outlets, platforms and applications available continue to increase.  Individuals use blogs, social networking sites, video sites, online chat rooms and forums to communicate both personally and professionally with others. Social media is an exciting and valuable tool when used wisely. The very nature of this medium, however, can pose a risk as it offers instantaneous posting opportunities that allow little time for reflective thought and carries the added burden that what is posted on the Internet is discoverable by a court of law even when it is long deleted.

Nurses are welcome to use social media in their personal lives. This may include having a Facebook page, a Twitter feed or blogging on various websites. Nurses can positively use electronic media to share workplace experiences, particularly those events that are challenging or emotionally charged, but it is imperative not to mention patients by name or provide any information or details that could possibly identify them in order to protect patients’ right to privacy.

Click the attachment to read "A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media."

Medication use for the 
Treatment of Diabetes in Obese Individuals 

Obesity is a major cause of type 2 diabetes and may complicate type 1 diabetes. Weight loss for obese individuals with diabetes has many health benefits, often leads to improvement in glucose control and sometimes, in type 2 diabetes, near normalisation of abnormal glucose metabolism. Weight loss is difficult to maintain and attempts to lose weight may be undermined by some diabetes treatments such as sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones and insulin. 

Whilst lifestyle support should be the primary approach to aid individuals who wish to lose weight, pharmacological approaches can also be considered. This review discusses the main pharmacological approaches that can be used to support weight loss in individuals with diabetes.

Click here for more information.

Together  We are Stronger! 
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