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Message from the CEO

As CEO of NPWH, I am fortunate throughout the year to meet and work with so many wonderful NPs. One of my greatest joys each year is calling the winners of the Inspiration in Women’s Health Award to tell them the good news. Most of them respond with surprise, disbelief, and tears of joy!

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Inspiration in Women’s Health Award winners (L-R): Allyssa Harris, Anne Moore, Marcia Clevesy, and Nalo Hamilton

During our annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, this year, we recognized four outstanding WHNPs in front of more than 700 of their colleagues. Each of these WHNPs represented one of four diff erent categories: Practice, Research, Policy, or Education. We congratulate all of these winners:

  • Marcia Clevesy, DNP, WHNP-BC (Practice): Marcia is Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and volunteers weekly at the Nevada Obstetrical Charity Clinic, a nonprofit organization providing obstetric and gynecologic care services at reduced fees for uninsured women and underserved minority females. She recently implemented a QI project that improved postpartum depression screening and detection rates in several clinics.
  • Nalo Hamilton, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC (Research): Nalo is both a biological researcher and a practicing WHNP. Her unique background in biochemistry and molecular biology, combined with her clinical expertise as a WHNP, enables her to investigate questions related to women’s health. Her current research focuses on the identifi cation of biological markers for screening and therapeutic treatment of triple-negative breast cancer.
  • Allyssa Harris, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC (Policy): Allyssa is the WHNP program director at Boston College. She is also a mentor for Boston College’s Keys to Inclusive Leadership Program, which helps prepare nurses from disadvantaged backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minority groups, to enter the nursing workforce as leaders with the inherent capacity to make a diff erence in local communities and women’s health.
  • Anne Moore, DNP, WHNP, ANP, FAANP (Education): Anne developed the WHNP program at Vanderbilt University, serving a total of 22 years as both instructor and program director. She trained NPs all over the country in managing contraception and STDs with the National Family Planning Training Center. She has also educated and trained indigenous providers on LARC for ACOG and has been published more than 100 times. She is currently a Senior Medical Science Liaison for AMAG Pharmaceuticals.
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Fran Way and Gay Johnson

This year, for the first time, we honored and recognized a pioneer for WHNPs: Fran Way, RNC-E, WHNP, MS. Fran’s career in reproductive healthcare began in 1960 and spanned 32 years with Planned Parenthood Affi liates in Iowa and Wisconsin. In 1972, she founded one of the country’s first WHNP programs, which was also the first to be funded by Title X. In 1980, Fran was one of 20 NPs who met to discuss starting a national organization for NPs working in family planning and reproductive health settings. The organization was initially called the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Family Planning. The term Family Planning was then broadened to Reproductive Health, which was then expanded, finally, to Women’s Health. With regard to her involvement with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), Fran served as a member of the organizational committee, then on the Board of Directors (BOD), and then as Chair of the BOD from 1988 to 1992.

In 1994, Fran assisted in establishing NPWH’s popular continuing education approval program. In 1997, Fran represented NPWH in a new national coalition of nursing education credentialing organizations. Over the next 10 years, Fran continued to represent NPWH and the interests of WHNPs on a variety of task forces of nursing organizations that worked to develop consensus on role defi nition, accreditation, certifications, and licensure of advanced practice registered nurses. If it weren’t for Fran, digging in her heels and standing up for the role definition of WHNPs, there would be no WHNP specialty.

Because of Fran Way’s role as a founder of NPWH and as a facilitator in guiding the growth and success of NPWH, along with her extraordinary vision, passionate advocacy, and outstanding commitment to the WHNP role, I was deeply honored to present her with the first Fran Way Legacy Award on October 11, 2018.

What a privilege it is to work among such talented and dedicated WHNPs!

– Gay Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, NPWH


Message from the CEO

gary johnson ceo nurse practitioner womens healthcareHappy September and  the beginning of the new fall season!

As you may remember, NPWH was founded in 1980 as a national organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) who were focused on family planning and reproductive health. As the years have progressed, so have we. NPWH now represents all women’s health NPs (WHNPs), as well as family NPs and adult NPs who are providing healthcare to women. In addition, NPWH represents individuals in academia who are educating these women’s health-focused NPs. We have defined ourselves as the premier organization that works tirelessly to develop and produce the absolute best in educational opportunities, as well as new programs, initiatives, and resources that provide expert, up-to-date content in all areas of women’s health. Continue reading »

Message from the CEO

This September marked NPWH’s 19th Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference, and it was a huge success! The main conference began with presentations by dynamic women who set the tone for the rest of the event. First, we enjoyed Conversation with Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANP. Loretta was co-founder of the first nurse practitioner (NP) program in the United States. Loretta, along with Henry Silver, MD, inaugurated the pediatric NP program at the University of Colorado in 1965. Then in 1972, Loretta joined the University of Rochester as founding Dean of the Nursing School. Jacki Witt, Chair of the NPWH Board of Directors, and I presented Loretta with a Leadership Award with this inscription: For Extraordinary Vision, Remarkable Dedication, Passionate Commitment to Excellence in Creating the Nurse Practitioner RoleLoretta Ford is truly an inspiration to everyone who meets her.

The next two speakers were Teresa Gardner Tyson, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, and Paula Meade, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, FAANP. Teresa and Paula are lifelong friends who grew up in the rural Appala – chian Mountains of Virginia. They left the area to pursue their education and clinical experience, and then returned to start a free nurse-managed health clinic, The Health Wagon, for uninsured patients. These two NPs and The Health Wagon were featured in a segment on 60 Minutes, which showcased their efforts to provide access to healthcare for the poor and marginalized people of Appalachia. Their clinic also received notable recognition by Nightline, CBS Nightly News, Inside Edition, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Teresa and Paula continue to extend their reach to underserved populations. For the past 17 years, they have provided services to the Remote Area Medical Health Expedition in Virginia, which is the largest healthcare outreach in the U.S. They currently manage two mobile units and two stationary Health Wagon clinics.

Once again, NPWH was proud to present the Inspiration in Women’s Health Award to four different NPs. The Inspiration Award Winner for Education was Sharon D. Baker, BSN, MS, CWHNP, CMP, of Georgia; the Inspiration Award Winner for Clinical was Jennifer Kurkowski, MSN, WHNP-BC, of Texas; the Inspiration Award Winner for Research was Naomi Jay, PhD, RN, NP, of California; and the Inspiration Award Winner for Policy was Denise Link, PhD, WHNP-BC, CNE, FAAN, FAANP, of Arizona. The award winners received free conference registration, travel to and from New Orleans, and accommodations for the duration of the conference, as well as an award and a scholarship to continue their great work. All of these awards were made possible through a grant from Hologic, Inc. “Inspiration” was clearly a theme throughout the conference; the sessions and symposia—notable for their captivating content and spirited speakers—were truly inspiring to the attendees.

One last thing: We are all inspired by the contributions that you make every day to the healthcare of women! Thank you, and have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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NPWH’s roots are firmly planted within the family planning movement. In May 1980, the Metropolitan Executive Director’s Council (MEXDICO) of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America passed a resolution calling for the formation of a national association of family planning nurses. Later in the year, and at the invitation of MEXDICO, a group of nurse practitioners (NPs) from 20 of the larger Planned Parenthood affiliates met in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the formation of a specialty organization focused on family planning and reproductive health. The Denver meeting participants voted to form a new organization called the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Family Planning (NANPFP). NANPFP’s mission was “to assure accessible, quality family planning services and reproductive freedom….”

Fast forward to 2015. After having undergone two name changes, after having fulfilled many of the early visions, and after having accomplished many of the goals set for education and professional development of NPs, NPWH—the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health—is celebrating its 35th anniversary! NPWH has broadened its focus over the years but still remains an organization dedicated to ensuring the provision of quality healthcare to all women by women’s health NPs and other women’s health-focused clinicians.

We will be celebrating this milestone in the life of our organization during the Welcome Reception at our 18th Annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 14-17, 2015. Our program guide for this year’s conference is provided for you here in the journal on the following pages. It has always been our mission to bring you the most up-to-date information and the highest quality education.

So, mark your calendar and make arrangements to attend the NPWH conference this year in Salt Lake City. Together, we will raise a glass in celebration of 35 years of this dynamic organization, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health!

– Gay Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, NPWH

NPWH 2014 conference abstracts

This issue of Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs features abstracts presented at the 17th Annual NPWH Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference in Savannah, Georgia, in October 2014. Please join us in congratulating the first- and second-place poster award winners and the four podium presenters, all of whom received cash scholarships supported through a grant from Teva Women’s Health.

The second-place poster award winner, Ilana Moshe, RN, DNP, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, wrote an abstract entitled “Postpartum Depression Screening in a Pediatric Clinic Setting” that will be converted into the first entry in our new department, Capstone Corner; please look for it in the August 2015 issue of Women’s Healthcare. Abstracts submitted by the four podium presenters and the first-place poster winning-authors appear here in the May 2015 issue.

We are proud of the high-quality work done by our colleagues in women’s healthcare. We look forward to receiving abstracts on other important women’s health research and innovative clinical projects for consideration at future NPWH conferences.

Aimee Chism Holland, DNP, WHNP-BC, NP-C, RD

NPWH Research Committee Chair

Click here for a PDF of the NPWH 2014 conference abstracts.

Editor-in-chief’s message

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Dear Colleagues,

In so many ways, NPWH and its members are showing that women’s health is about much more than just obstetrics and gynecology. But then, we have known this for a long time. Here are a few examples.

Sue Kendig, NPWH Director of Policy, describes the process and outcome of revising the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Guidelines for Practice and Education in this issue of the journal. As a member of the task force for this 7th edition and for the previous edition of the Guidelines, I can confirm that we definitely did our homework to produce a document that reflects the expanded scope of practice for today’s WHNP. NPWH members have free access to the Guidelines on the NPWH website.

NPWH is a leading organization in the field of evidence-based sexual healthcare, providing the first national Women’s Sexual Health Course for NPs in 2014. The course was so successful that it will be offered again this year. We at Women’s Healthcare, NPWH’s
official journal, are proud to present a new department, Focus on sexual health, in this issue. Brooke M. Faught, MSN, WHNP, Clinical Director of the Women’s Institute for Sexual Health in Nashville, Tennessee, has authored the inaugural article for this department. This issue of the journal also features an article on female sexual dysfunction by Casey B. Giebink, MSN, NP-C, WHNP-BC, and Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN. And in our Assessment & management department, Wendy Grube, PhD, CRNP, a member of the task force that developed Preventive Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: Recommendations for Clinical Practice, summarizes the key points in this groundbreaking publication.

NWPH is developing a strong presence with regard to mental health as well. In the past year alone, we have offered articles on depression in women, self-esteem, postpartum depression, sexual assault, and depression in adolescents. Appearing now or coming soon are articles on binge eating disorder, PCOS psychosocial effects, and anorexia in adolescents.

To honor our Million Hearts® partnership commitment, we have been providing many evidence-based continuing education (CE) activities that give advanced practice nurses the tools they need to promote heart health. In the August 2014 issue of Women’s Healthcare, we published a CE article by Tamera Lea Pearson, PhD, MSN, FNP, ACNP, entitled Cardiovascular Disease in Women: A Journey Toward a Focus on Prevention. At the 2014 NPWH conference in Savannah, Megan McCarthy, MSN, NP-C, presented The Angina Monologues—Update on New Ways to Detect and Prevent Heart Attacks in Women and Jaye M. Shyken, MD, presented Long-Term Health Consequences of Pregnancy Complications, which included a discussion about the relationship between pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes with future cardiovascular disease. In that vein, Suzanne Shugg, DNP, ACNP, a clinical lipid specialist who runs a Preventive Cardiology Clinic in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, shares her insights on this topic in her article Pregnancy’s Effects on Cardiovascular Health: A Woman’s First “Cardiac Stress Test” in this issue of the journal. This issue also provides a Million Hearts® tip sheet on Improving Medication Adherence Among Patients with Hypertension. This coming year, an NPWH task force will develop a white paper on evidence-based best practices and policy recommendations to promote cardiovascular health and wellness for women, including those who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

You can rely on NPWH, and Women’s Healthcare, to continue to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based women’s healthcare information to support you in providing high quality care for women from menarche through senescence.

Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC