AANP Awards for Excellence 2020
It is with pleasure that I announce the recipients of the DC AANP Clinical Excellence and Advocate Awards. Many thanks to those who nominated this year; it was a vibrant, rich pool of nominees and demonstrates the depth of talented NPs in the District.
For those of you who are members of NPADC (Nurse Practitioner Association of DC), the recipient for Clinical Excellence should be familiar to you. Ms. Alicia Baker, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, has been a member of NPADC for over 10 years and has previously served as a Board member. She currently works at an FQHC and has been instrumental in the coordination of a ‘We Can!’ program which emphasizes lifestyle changes with education in nutrition and exercise. She became certified as a PMHNP so she could address the psychiatric, substance abuse and domestic/IPV as well as abuse and neglect in her patient population. Please make sure to introduce yourself to Alicia at the next NPADC meeting.
It is also with pleasure we recognize Ms. Rachel Minahan, RN, BSN, MA as the recipient of the Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award. Ms. Minahan is the Director of Government Affairs at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Executive Director of the Nursing Community Coalition. She recently urged Congress to repeal the CMS ruling to allow all teaching clinicians the ability to verify rather than re-document notes provided by NP students during the provision of evaluation and management services; thereby encouraging NPs to become preceptors. She has been a strong advocate for NPs on and off Capitol Hill.
Congratulations Ms. Baker and Ms. Minahan and thank you for all you do to promote the role of Nurse Practitioners!