NPs in the News, November Headlines
Friday, December 20, 2019
Posted by: Erin Cusack
TNP is proud of all the Texas NPs making news headlines. Thank you for providing high-quality, patient-centered care to Texans every day.
NPs, part of the solution to rural healthcare challenges in Texas
TNP Policy Council Chair and founder/owner of Family Care Clinic of Panhandle, Holly Jeffreys, spoke at a Texas Tribune panel in Canyon, Texas about healthcare access in rural areas. KAMR-TV Amarillo traveled to West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) to talk to Jeffreys.
Concerning the decrease in medical professionals and healthcare access in rural areas, Jeffreys told KAMR, “There’s not one simple solution.” She continued, “One solution that would be inexpensive and readily available, though, would be allowing nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their authority -- what they’re already trained to do.”
Jeffreys said nurse practitioners in over half of the country, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the military all have full practice authority, which means they can practice without having to contact with what’s called a "delegating physician."
Nearly 1.5 million people live in rural areas throughout Texas. Many of those rural-area residents have to travel to bigger cities to access healthcare. Jeffreys and others on the panel said nurse practitioners could be the key to serving these populations.
Texas A&M College of Nursing testifies before Congress on innovation in academic nursing
Dean of the Texas A&M University College of Nursing and Government Affairs Chair for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Nancy Fahrenwald, testified before Congress in Washington D.C. on education and innovation for the future of nursing.
Fahrenwald discussed how innovation in academic nursing has progressed throughout the digital age, and asked Congress to continue to increase funding for these evolving educational programs in the medical field. She also commended the House for passing H.R. 728, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, which provides essential funding for these nursing programs.
AACN applauded Fahrenwald for her exceptional testimony. The association said they will continue to work with their coalition partners and Congress to ensure nursing education programs will remain high-quality and patient-centered.
Fort Worth homeless community treated to foot washing
Texas NP Kim Posey, an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Texas Christian University's (TCU) nursing program, partnered with True Worth Place to put together a podiatry clinic for the Fort Worth homeless population.
You’re probably wondering, “why foot care?” In Posey’s response, “They have to stand, they have to walk, they don’t have good footwear, they’re out in the elements, they can’t provide the hygiene that they need.”
Posey and her team of students don’t just wash feet at True Worth Place’s podiatry clinic. They also provide medical care. Once a month, nurse practitioners, social workers and other members of the interprofessional health care team from universities across north Texas congregate at True Worth Place to trim nails and assess guests’ health.
“It’s not just their feet,” Posey said. “They could be out of their blood pressure medicine or not have diabetes medicine or have ulcers on their feet.”
“People are one crisis away – it could be any of us in that same situation,” Posey said. “Providing that human touch and conversation can help just get them in a good frame of mind and the resources to get them out of the hole they’re in.”