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CCMSD celebrates nurse practitioners

National organization chiefs visit to discuss federal bill that would widen the functions of NPs


October 20, 2022

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Mayor Paul Brooks signs a proclamation to recognize U.S. Nurse Practitioner Week. Behind him, from left to right: Tyler Lindholm, state policy director for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis; Heith Waddell, medical director; CCMSD CEO Micki Lyons; Kristina Davis, DNP; Kenda Huseby, family nurse practitioner; Wesley Davis, DNP; April Kapu, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Maria Kidner, Region 8 Director for AANP; and Kathy Lenz, resource and economic development manager for Lummis.

The president and regional director of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) visited Crook County on Friday to tour a healthcare facility that's become known for its creative use of nurse practitioners (NPs).

Dr. April Kapu, president of the organization, spoke to a piece of legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that she said would remove a number of the administrative barriers between nurse practitioners and the care their patients need.

"This hospital – this community – has embraced the role of the nurse practitioner, and it thrives. We...

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