Academy News: Nursing

Looking Back Moves Us Forward: The Pioneer of Advocacy 

Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FNAP, FAAN
Candy Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, LNC, FNAP 


Since NAP seeks to improve healthcare and policy for all, it might be worthwhile to look into history to learn more about how to accomplish this goal.

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Academy News: Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy’s Commitment to Interprofessional Collaborative Care

Beth Davis, Sara North, Arvie Vitente, Kimberly Beran-Shepler, Sharon Gorman, Jane Baldwin, Lisa Hoogasian-Klein, and Cheryl Babin

The physical therapy profession is dedicated to collaborative practice for improved patient outcomes and the advancement of population health.  With our broad scope of practice, physical therapists collaborate with a variety of health professionals to provide comprehensive care across many practice settings. 

Physical therapists collaborate with all professions represented in NAP.  Please read the vignettes below that highlight some of many collaborative care experiences occurring in the physical therapy profession.

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Academy News: Veterinary Medicine

Assessing Service-Learning in Community-Based Veterinary Medicine as a Pedagogical Approach
to Promoting Student Confidence in Addressing Access to Veterinary Care
published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, Vol. 8 

By: Erin King, Megan Mueller, Gregory Wolfus, and Emily McCobb 

Community-based veterinary medicine is a growing field, and veterinary students need to be able to work with clients facing complex barriers to receiving veterinary care for their pet. Many veterinary clients experience challenges accessing veterinary care due to financial limitations, transportation access, language comprehension, the ability to comply to the care plan (e.g., disabilities, physical, or mental health challenges, substance use), the ability to come to the clinic during the hours that it is open, and the ability to communicate outside of the appointment. The goal of this study was to assess student confidence levels working in accessible care before and after participating in a service-learning-based community veterinary rotation. Results show significantly higher student confidence levels for every barrier after completing the Tufts at Tech (TAT) Clinical Rotation at Cummings Veterinary School of Medicine. Additionally, 86% (n = 85) of students strongly agreed or agreed that TAT affected their thoughts about community medicine, and 77% (n = 76) strongly agreed or agreed that the rotation affected their feelings about underserved clients. Service-learning rotations in community-based veterinary medicine could be one pedagogical approach in training veterinary students to work with a diverse clientele. 

A Message from the NAP President

A Message from the NAP President
by Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP

The National Academies of Practice's Vision is to become the alliance of professionals collaborating to transform health and well-being. Our mission is to advance interprofessional education, scholarship, research, practice, and public policy, by:

  • Educating and informing our members and others;
  • Facilitating collaborative scholarship and research opportunities;
  • Recruiting, engaging, retaining, and mentoring our network of members; and
  • Advocating the value of interprofessional practice and improving healthcare and policy for all.

The central tenets of our work together are grounded in the core values of collaboration, patient-centeredness, inclusivity, and interconnectedness.  

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The National Academies of Practice (NAP) will be holding their 2023 Annual Meeting and Forum on March 30 – April 1 and as part of this event, will be welcoming their newest academy – Respiratory Care.

The National Academies of Practice leadership unanimously approved Respiratory Care as the newest academy to join the association. Sixteen founding Distinguished Fellows and Professional Members will be inducted into NAP during the Induction Banquet and Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2023. Nancy Colletti, RRT, CPFT will serve as the Chair of the Respiratory Care Academy and Kimberly Clark, EdD, RRT, will serve as Vice Chair for the 2023- 2025 term.

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Transforming Reflections: A Message from the NAP President

Transforming Reflections
Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO, FNAP

Spring is right around the corner and the National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum is only a little over a week away. 2023 is off to a great start as we continue our work together to Transform Interprofessional Care.

This is my last column as NAP President, and I want to thank everyone for the fantastic collaboration and interconnectedness that have been displayed over the last two years. We should all be proud of our many accomplishments.

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NAP Announces 2023 Award Winners


Each year at the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Annual Membership Banquet and Induction Ceremony, NAP bestows awards to truly deserving candidates who are nominated by their peers. This year’s awards were presented on April 1, 2023 during a black tie gala at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

The Creativity in Practice & Education Award was established to recognize and encourage interprofessional programs, projects, and models which focus on the improvement of healthcare. This year the award has two recipients: CAIPER eLearning Trainings from Arizona State University and the Case of the Kidnapped Healthcare Professionals: Developing a Virtual, Avatar-Based, Multi-User 3-D Video Interprofessional Escape Room from Ball State University.

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources


From the Global Forum:

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JEDI Task Force

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force

In the summer of 2021, a National Academies of Practice DEI Task Force was developed to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive interprofessional community of practitioners, scholars, and professionals that would focus on NAP strategic initiatives related to these themes. Each NAP Academy Chair was asked to select a representative for the task force that would be able to represent the views and advocate for the interests of underrepresented individuals or groups as well as represent the consensus views of their academy. Attempts were made to reach out to specific academies that did not have representation on the task force. Additional members were added that had particular interests in collaborating with NAP colleagues as change agents for diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence. NAP President, Rick Weisbarth, appointed Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, as chair of this taskforce.

The task force started its work by creating a mission, vision, and values statement. This work was led by members, Michael Blackwell, Nicole Wilkins, and Diane Bruessow. We were working within a framework that assumes that vision (where we are going), mission (how we will get there), and values (what guides our journey) statements would help focus our work and provide guidance to those new to thinking about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. One of our first proposals was to shift from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). Adding justice acknowledges the importance of dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities in achieving diversity equity and inclusion.

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Advocate to Advance Interprofessional Healthcare!!

As we welcome the opportunities 2023 brings, your Public Policy Committee invites all NAP members to participate in our Virtual Hill Day on February 8th.  Your immediate registration is needed to have ample time to schedule virtual visits with your legislative offices in Washington DC (Please register here).  Interprofessional teams will be provided with NAP Resources and Talking Points as well as a virtual platform tutorial session. Please register today and kickoff 2023 by joining us for this very special opportunity!! 

Building on the NAP history and founding mission to advance healthcare, it is a privilege to continuously work with NAP Public Policy Committee members to establish an annual public policy agenda, to increase reference and advocacy materials and to refresh resources in support of public policy efforts on behalf of the National Academies of Practice. Once you complete the annual survey to determine the public policy agenda for the year, members of the Public Policy Committee work diligently to provide NAP members with the most accurate and current information related to the designated public policy topics for the year.  These materials are retained and periodically reviewed to assure they remain current and accurate. Presently, we have several documents and position papers that include the topics of interprofessional collaboration, telehealth, the opioid crisis, and the state of the science of interprofessional health care (Advocacy Resources can be found here). These will soon be joined by additional resources culminating almost two years of diligent efforts to assure high quality and accurate information. There are also brief webinars for members to use and to educate others regarding the process of advocacy. These were created by NAP Public Policy colleagues who have extensive experience communicating and collaborating with legislators and their staff members.  All of these are available for you to use at your discretion for education, advocacy, and to advance interprofessional healthcare.  As examples of the recognized value of these tools, kudos to Tony Breitbach who integrated NAP advocacy efforts into his course requirements by rewarding students who were able to question a legislative staff member guest speaker regarding current health care issues and actions. Another professional is using the Advocacy Education webinars in a graduate course to educate students regarding professional issues and ethics.   

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National Academies of Practice Announces Annual Award Winners

Each year at the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Annual Induction Banquet, NAP bestows awards to truly deserving candidates who are nominated by their peers.  This year’s awards were presented on March 5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay at a black tie gala.

The Creativity in Practice & Education Award was established to recognize and encourage interprofessional programs, projects, and models which focus on the improvement of health care.  This year’s award went to Thomas Jefferson University’s Complex Care Curriculum – 3Cs.

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NAP Publishes Position Statement on the Provision of Telehealth Services

NAP believes that healthcare practice with an interprofessional foundation focused on the whole person is essential for effectively addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and other similarly complex and multisystem conditions that necessitate coordinated and comprehensive delivery of interprofessional collaborative care from multiple professions.

Many professional associations have requested telehealth provisions be included among acceptable and clinically appropriate services to facilitate truly patient-centered care (see addendum for a list of professional associations representative of the NAP membership). To provide quality interprofessional collaborative care during the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth services have been expanded for a number of professions, with positive outcomes. National advocacy organizations, such as the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) and the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA), have partnered with professional associations to advance the appropriate use of telehealth in an effort to assure universal access to health care.

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NAP Publishes Commitment Statement on Equal and Safe Access to Health Care and Individual Health and Well-Being

NAP has published a Commitment Statement on Equal and Safe Access to Health Care and Individual Health and Well-Being. NAP is committed to do our part to end injustices and advocate for equal and safe access to health care, individual health, and well-being, and delivering person-centered evidence-based care through an interprofessional approach. 

Read our full statement here.

Omissions of Care Comments to AIR/AHRQ

NAP submitted comments and recommended edits to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on their definition of "Omissions of Care."  View the letter and comments here.

Comments to ONC on 21st Century Cures Act

As a key stakeholder to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), NAP had an opportunity to provide public comments to the ONC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

View our comments to ONC here.

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Comments to ONC on Reducing Regulatory and Admin Burden of EHRs

NAP submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

View the comments here.