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Monthly Member Spotlight:

   American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) play an important role in early identification of patients with OA and providing self-care information. We appreciate organizations like the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) which aims to empower all NPs to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. At AANP, they are dedicated to improving patient care and advancing NP practice.

We’ve so appreciated our connection with AANP for the past few years including their involvement in efforts to address physical activity and weight management strategies for OA and, most recently, on the provider education toolkit the OAAA is beginning to develop. We value AANP’s insight regarding nurse practitioners’ experience and the importance of reaching this key group of healthcare providers given their access to people with arthritis and their significant role as care providers, educators, and overall supporters.


An Interview with Joyce Knestrick and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 

Dr. Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, FAANP, is the President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

1. What is your organization’s interest in the
Osteoarthritis Action Alliance?

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has been a member of the OAAA coalition since its inception and has actively participated on various workgroups to mobilize health care providers to address osteoarthritis (OA) in clinical care and to advance awareness and resources for patient self-management through physical activity and weight management. AANP considers our participation with the OAAA coalition to be beneficial to our members as nurse practitioners (NPs) are vital health care providers and are committed to providing the most effective management of their patients. Through our participation with the OAAA coalition, we can work together to ensure that NPs have both consistent, reliable information for their own knowledge gain and resources to use and provide to their patients with OA.

2. What do you think is the most important issue today related to osteoarthritis?

Most important is joint pain, which can limit the normal daily activities of many patients. The associated issues are a combination of the management of acute and chronic pain, the prevention of further joint damage and the need for continued physical activity for the person with OA.

3. How does your work connect to issues in osteoarthritis?

At AANP, we work to educate NPs on the latest evidence regarding prevention of the disease, treatment strategies and health promotion activities to prevent further damage. NPs often see patients in the primary care setting and manage OA as well as refer to specialists, such as rheumatologists, physical therapists and other health care providers, as indicated by the patient’s needs.

4. What is a headline you’d like to see about osteoarthritis in five years?

We would like to see new advancements in treatment for OA that demonstrate remarkable improvements in mobility. Through these advances, NPs and other health care providers are able to help patients restore joint changes that were once thought irreversible.

5. What is one interesting fact you’d like people to know about your organization?

AANP is the only national membership organization for NPs in all specialties. With more than 92,000 members, the mission of AANP is to empower all NPs to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership.


American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Resources & Events

2019 AANP National ConferenceJune 18–23, 2019, Indianapolis, Indiana (registration opens December 18, 2018). The annual AANP National Conference is the premiere NP event where NPs of all specialties go to learn, collaborate, share insights, grow professionally and have a little fun!     

  • Choose from more than 300 sessions and 40 skill-enhancing workshops covering a multitude of topics, including OA. That’s more than 450 hours of available CE in total.
  • With thousands of NPs in attendance, you can make the most of the national and international opportunities for collegial networking.
  • Have a little fun and unwind in Indy—voted the best convention city in America—with AANP-organized tours and events, an NP golf tournament and the conference welcome reception at the Indianapolis Zoo!

AANP Health Policy Conference:   February 3–5, 2019 Washington D.C.
For those interested in the legislative process, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from government and industry experts as they discuss the priorities of Congress and the administration, plus their potential impact on NPs and patients. Lend your voice and work to make a difference for your patients and for the NP role! Whether you’re a seasoned NP advocate or a novice in the legislative area, this is a unique opportunity to learn, network and meet with your elected officials on Capitol Hill.

The Brand-new AANP Website
In November 2018, AANP launched an all-new, completely redesigned, mobile-friendly website. Visit the new to access the top NP journals, get involved in research opportunities, get business and clinical resources for your practice, access hundreds of hours of free CE and stay up to date on the latest in NP advocacy, education and practice with the AANP News Feed.

And make sure to connect with The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals through The American College of Rheumatology Social Media platforms! 

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