NPAA Awards & Accomplishments
Congratulations to current NPAA Vice President D'Ann Somerall, NPAA founding President Cindy Cooke, and Joan Williamson! D'Ann received AANP's Excellence Award, Joan received the Advocate Award, and Cindy was inaugurated as the new AANP President at the 2015 National Conference in New Orleans.
From the release:
"NP Excellence Awardee D'Ann Wilson Somerall, DNP, MAEd, FNP-BC helped launch the first distance accessible FNP program in Alabama and helped develop the Foundry Medical Clinic, a nurse-managed clinic in Bessemer, AL that provides care to the county's indigent population.
NP Advocate Awardee Joan Wolfe Williamson, MSN, DSN, ANP started the University of Alabama NP program in 1996 and was one of the first private practice family NPs, who also maintained a faculty practice teaching NP students.
...Additionally, AANP inaugurated its new President at the conference, a fellow Alabaman, Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP."
Also included were the following rules changes facilitated by NPAA:
"New rules for collaboration are slated to go into effect this August. The rules require collaborating physicians to be on-site at least 10% of the time with NPs with less than 2 years or 4,000 hours of collaborative practice experience in Alabama or another state. NPs with more than 2 years or 4,000 hours of collaborative experience are required to meet with the collaborating physician at least quarterly for quality improvement activities. Additionally, these rules authorize a physician to collaborate with one additional full-time equivalent (FTE) APRN or PA, for a total of 4 FTE. Read the rules here.
Rules changes for prescribing controlled substances were announced in May. If a prescription for a controlled substance in Schedule III, IIIN, IV, and/or V is initiated by the approved supervising, collaborating, or covering physician AND the patient is well maintained on the medication, the QACSC holder may authorize no more than 30 days with two (2) reissues or ninety (90) days total. Click this link to read more."
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