Women Making a Difference and Paving the Way: Part 2 - Nurse Practitioners

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In this second post for Women's History Month, I will be focusing on the contributions of female NPs who have gone above and beyond in the field to exemplify the 2022 theme: "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." Part 1, focusing on PAs, can be found here.

Charon A. Pierson, PhD, GNP-BC makes her impact in gerontology and publication ethics. Throughout her 25+ year career, she has presented and published on issues related to ethics in writing and publications, functional assessments for older adults, and other gerontological topics. Dr Pierson was inducted as a Charter Fellow of the American Association of NPs (AANP) in 2020 and elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Additionally, she has served as past editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, was the founding editor of the Nurse Practitioner Forum quarterly journal, and was an influential member of the governing council of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Among her accolades are an award for excellence in nursing journalism from Sigma Theta Tau, an award for excellence as an NP from the AANP, the AANP Loretta C. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award, and the AANP Legacy Award.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP focuses on optimizing function and physical activity among older adults and has held many distinguished leadership positions central to this focus—she was the first NP to be elected president of the American Geriatrics Society. She has also held leadership positions in the AANP, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association Foundation, American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), and several others. Dr Resnick was instrumental in the development of the AANP Fellows Program and was a charter member of the program. In addition, she has been involved with the development and revision of the AMDA's Clinical Practice Guidelines since 2008. She is widely regarded as a pillar for geriatric research, education, and clinical practice. As a testament to her impact, she has received multiple awards and honors; in July 2021, she was the first non-physician to be honored with the William Dodd Founder's Award for Distinguished Service by AMDA. When asked how she has impacted NPs, Dr Resnick replied, "I believe my greatest impact on the NP movement is working with interdisciplinary members of the team clinically and in organizations and leadership roles. This has helped to explain the role and increase trust in our skills and ability to provide care to older adults."

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC is the immediate past president of the AANP and an advocate for NP practice legislation. Other leadership positions held by Dr Thomas include AANP Region 6 Director, AANP Louisiana State Representative, and President of the Louisiana Association of NPs. Since 2020, she has served as a consultant for the US Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Consultation Panel, Operation Warp Speed. Also in 2020, she was named one of Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare—an honor demonstrating her dedication to caring for patients, colleagues, and organizations through hardships. Her impact hasn't slowed yet: Dr Thomas brings media awareness to NPs through her work. She has done this in the past as a caregiver for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and more recently as the AANP spokesperson—she has been featured in Money Magazine and has appeared on NBC news with Brian Williams, discussing the healthcare impacts of the gulf oil spill to an audience of more than 4.9 million. Dr Thomas currently works at DePaul Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in New Orleans, and is a host of the recently launched AANP podcast, NP Pulse: The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner.

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