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NPs in the News, August Headlines

Monday, September 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Gordon Mattimoe talks about impact of COVID-19 in rural areas/hospitals.

In rural areas like the Permian Basin, it’s not about the capacity but how ill a person is. Patients with COVID-19 often have to travel or be transferred hundreds of miles to the closest intensive care unit.

“If they need a critical care intensive, they’re going to have to go to Midland, Odessa, or Lubbock and Andrews County residents are used to that,” said Gordon Mattimoe, Direct of Andrews County Health Department.

“Rural healthcare. It’s one of the reasons I went to school to be a nurse practitioner,” added Mattimoe. “I worked in Crane County for several years. That’s really want inspired me to go to nurse practitioner school. We just don’t have a lot of providers.”


Parenting during a Pandemic: San Antonio Nurse Practitioner Joyce Turner Weighs In

In 2020, parents are facing a back to school season unlike any other in recent history.KenS5- San Antonio gathered perspectives from across the Alamo City and talked to nurse practitioner Joyce Turner about her plans for the upcoming school year.

"I think that each parent will have to make a decision based on your comfort level. There is no right answer. Some parents have to work and they don't have any other resources except to send their children to school, especially with the younger children. However, I do think that you need to consider, if it's practical, to send your child to school. If you have people where they have illnesses. Are you okay with taking the risk of getting the virus?" she said. "I think that that's very important. But do not let others judge you... It's a scary situation."

Read more here.


NP Names COVID-19 Response Coordinator for University of Houston-Victoria

Jessica Helms, a Texas nurse practitioner with multiple peer-reviewed publications about infectious diseases, has been chosen to serve as the COVID-19 response coordinator for the University of Houston-Victoria COVID-19 Operations Center.

“It is an honor to serve my community for the past 20 years, and it is humbling that I am able to continue to be an advocate for health through UHV,” Helms said. “I look forward to working with the communities of Victoria and Katy and to being a mentor for the UHV community.”

The UHV COVID-19 Operations Center was created this summer to support university students, staff and faculty by advising, communicating and educating the campus community about COVID-19 in Victoria and at UHV Katy. The center also conducts contact tracing at UHV and assists with contact tracing at UHV Katy to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“We are thrilled that Ms. Helms is joining us to take on this critical role,” said Chance Glenn, UHV provost, vice president for academic affairs and head of the Task Force to Reopen UHV. “Her strong credentials, vast experience and knowledge of the region makes her the ideal person to help us to grapple with this issue.”


Donna Guthery Names Chair of Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners

Governor Abbott named Donna Guthery as the chair to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. The board has licensing, examination, and rulemaking responsibilities in the field of acupuncture.

Donna Guthery of Bellaire is an acupuncturist and owner of White Lotus Acupuncture. She is a member of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association. Guthery received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center, a Master of Science in nursing from Georgia State, and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Academy of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in Austin.


Janine Cole Joins UT Health East Texas Physicians

Janine Cole joins the staff at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Jacksonville where she will work in the women's health clinic.

As a child Cole vividly remembers watching her mother serve as a nurse, and she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in helping others.

“If I am able to help a patient get one step closer to a healthy outcome or goal for themselves, I am living my purpose,” Cole said in a media release.


Abbott appoints Sunnyvale NP to Advisory Council

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Sunnyvale local Dr. Brandon Brock to the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Advisory Council for a term set to expire on Aug. 31, 2021.

“I’m just happy to be a part of it, and I’m happy be a practitioner in this part of Texas representing this group,” Brock said.

Brock, DNP, DC, APRN is a doctorate level certified family nurse practitioner, diplomat in chiropractic neurology, and a clinician at Foundation Physicians Group and Brock Integrative Medicine.

He received a Bachelor of Science in anatomy from Parker University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Hardin Simmons University. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic From Parker University and a doctorate in family nursing practice from Duke University while doing post doctorate work as a global clinical research scholar at Harvard Medical School. Brock has also attended Duke Medical Center for specialization in orthopedics and has completed a specialized fellowship in regenerative medicine. He is working on a Doctor of Philosophy at Texas Woman’s University.


Broadway Costume Designer, NP Help Make Gowns for Medical Workers

Two siblings, a Broadway costume designer and a pediatric nurse practitioner, join forces to help their community, than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t make PPE for the state of Texas, but you know, I can for my community and for my sister,” said Barry Doss, who has designed costumes on Broadway and is now an instructor at Sam Houston State University. “And I’m happy to know that I’m helping her and our community.

“If we went through plastic gowns daily, we would be spending 60 to 70 thousand dollars per year, just throwing away gowns,” Kelli Morris said, Doss’ sister and a pediatric nurse practitioner at Angelina Pediatrics. “And right now we will be spending much less than that, we’re going to save somewhere close to 150 thousand dollars if we’re dealing with COVID for two years.”


TAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Seeks Applicants for SANE Nurse Training Program

A Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) program is offering a stipend and travel allowance package totaling $5,000 to registered nurses and family nurse practitioners who become Office of the Attorney General (OAG)-certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) for adults and adolescents.

“TAMIU is addressing this SANE shortage in the community through a $1.17 million grant obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration,” Dr. Torregosa said, “To date, the TAMIU-SANE Program has successfully certified 20 registered nurses as adult SANE through the Texas OAG.”

Program application is currently underway through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. To see a video about the program, visit

Participating in the TAMIU-SANE program is a three-step process. Potential participants must register via link and provide all program requirements at


NP Tammie Michael Talks about the Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors

Like so many residents in long-term care facilities, Loretta Magnuson, who resides at the Bayou Pines Care Center in La Marque, is struggling with family visitation and social distancing policies during COVID-19.

“This degree of social isolation can lead to depression, loss of appetite, changes in sleeping patterns and, perhaps most alarming, can exacerbate already existing illnesses in seniors,” said Tammie Michael, a nurse practitioner based at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

“People just aren’t aware that when someone has congestive heart failure and they have high blood pressure, the effects of depression on these illnesses itself can be devastating,” Michael said.

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