September 2021 Newsletter
Critical Care Specialty Protocol - Paracentesis
At its September 17, 2021 meeting, the Alabama Board of Nursing approved revisions to the Critical Care Specialty Protocol, which now allows certain CRNPs to perform paracentesis. It should be noted that the Critical Care Specialty Protocol is available to CRNPs practicing under standard protocols for Adult Acute Care, Adult Care, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Family, Pediatric, or Pediatric Acute Care.
 
Please feel free to direct any questions to advancedpractice@abn.alabama.gov.
Just in Time Training: A Primer on Covering
Physician Requirements in Collaborative Practice
The ABN Regulatory Education Development Department has prepared a brief presentation titled Just in Time Training: A Primer on Covering Physician Requirements in Collaborative Practice. This video, which provides helpful information to resolve confusion related to when and where CRNPs and CNMs may need to add covering physicians to their collaborative practice agreements, is available on the ABN website.
A Message from Susan Appel, VP Community Affairs
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As VP of Community Affairs, I have the privilege of chairing the conference committee. The conference committee has been very busy in planning the sessions. We are excited to tap into the expertise of our membership to offer many across the lifespan sessions. Your program committee also carefully selected presentations focused on populations such as: pediatrics, women’s health, mental health, primary and acute care. Registration is limited, so please register soon. Do not miss this diverse educational and network opportunities.
Focus on Mental Health:

Cori Johnson, DNP, CRNP, AGNP-C will present a session entitled, “Identifying and Treating Patient Suicidality in Outpatient Clinic Setting and in Tele-Health Model.”

The UAB PATH Clinic is a nurse-led, transitional care clinic that treats uninsured patients who have uncontrolled diabetes in the greater Birmingham area. Behavioral health has been integrated into this care model.  As an interprofessional clinic that has successfully integrated behavioral health into primary care treatment, the providers now feel confident in prescribing for the treatment of behavioral health issues as well as primary care issues. Dr. Johnson will discuss how this confidence was achieved through the implementation of treatment algorithms and on-site consulting capabilities with the behavioral health team. The PATH clinic providers and staff also adapted to screening and treating patients in a tele-health model during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Johnson will educate participants on the use of these screeners, how to implement and use a suicide patient safety plan, and the treatment of these patients in both an in-person clinic visits and a telehealth virtual visit.

Registration is limited, we expect to sell out, so please register soon. Do not miss these diverse educational and networking opportunities.

Register for our NPAA Room Block at the Hyatt for a discount: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/BHMHR/G-4NPA
2021 NPAA Award Nominations
The Nominations and Awards Committee would like your colleagues, patients, administrators or co-workers to nominate a deserving NP. NPs are encouraged to nominate themselves. A review of the nominees will be done by the committee consisting of at least 3 people and presented to the Executive Committee for final approval. All awardees will be notified one week prior to the Annual Conference. Nominations are due one month prior to the Annual Conference. Return the forms to Denise Williams at admin@npalliancealabama.org. Categories are as follows:
Preceptor of the Year Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize a Nurse Practitioner Preceptor who is committed to the excellence of clinical education of Nurse Practitioners through Preceptorship.

·      Demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of Nurse Practitioners
·      Serves as a role model for other nurse practitioners and the nursing profession in general.
·      Active member of NPAA or is an active member of local NP affiliate.
·      Served as a Preceptor for at least three years.
·      Complete the nomination form.
NP Student Leadership Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize a NP student who is committed to the excellence of clinical practice. 

·      Excellence in academic performance.
·      Demonstrates leadership through a formal or informal leadership role.
·      A resident of Alabama.
·      Currently enrolled in a Nurse Practitioner program in Alabama. 
·      Is a registered nurse in the state of Alabama.
·      Additional nomination requirement: Letter of recommendations from two faculty members and/or NP preceptors.
·      Complete the nomination form 
Outstanding Faculty Award
This award is designed to recognize a NP faculty who is committed to the excellence of educating nurse practitioner students. 

·      Demonstrates excellence in academic performance.
·      Demonstrates leadership within the University/College setting.
·      A resident of Alabama.
·      Currently teaching in a four year college within the state of Alabama.
·      Is a certified nurse practitioner. 
·      Complete the nomination form.
Alabama Nurse Practitioner of the Year
Demonstrates excellence as an NP and as a role model for other nurse practitioners and the nursing profession in general.

•     Demonstrates significant contribution to the improvement of care for individuals, families 
        and/or communities.
•      Is creative in his/her approach to nursing care through effective communication and 
        quality of care.
·        Utilizes current research in practice.
·        Active member of NPAA OR is an active member of local NP affiliate 
•      Recognized to practice as a nurse practitioner in Alabama.
·        Complete the nomination form.
Rising Star Award

Demonstrates excellence as an NP has 5 or less years in practice. 

·      New grad to 5 years in practice as an NP.
·      Demonstrates clinical excellence.
·      Innovative in approach to patient care and/or access to care and/or Health Policy and/or Leadership.
·      Is licensed as a nurse practitioner in the State of AL.
·      Active member of NPAA OR is an active member of local NP affiliate. 
·      Complete the nomination form.
Power of One

Recognizes an agency or individual who has advocated and served as a champion for Nurse Practitioners in Alabama. This award is chosen by the Executive Committee. Awardee does not have to be a member of NPAA. The award may not be awarded each year.