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November 16, 2023

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Dear AAENP Members,

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week! This special week, dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions of NPs across the nation, serves as a reminder of the critical role we play in healthcare, and the need for legislative support to practice to the full extent of our education and certification.

As we reflect on the significance of National Nurse Practitioner Week, it is heartening to witness the exceptional care and dedication that NPs working in emergency care provide to their patients every day. This week offers us a unique platform to showcase our expertise, foster public understanding, and advocate for the removal of outdated barriers that hinder us from delivering the best possible care.

In the spirit of celebrating NPs, I am thrilled to announce the recipients of this year's AAENP Annual Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in various domains:

  • Excellence in Community Engagement: Ken Stackhouse
  • Excellence in Leadership: Juan Gonzalez
  • Excellence in Advocacy: Fred Barton
  • Excellence in Practice: Michael Sweeney
  • Student Excellence: Ari Chaskes
  • Excellence in Research: Dian Evans

These individuals have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the emergency NP role, embodying the values and commitment that make our profession truly extraordinary. Their accomplishments not only reflect their personal excellence but also contribute to the advancement of NP practice.

I invite each of you to join me in congratulating our colleagues on their well-deserved recognition. Their achievements inspire us all to strive for excellence in our own work and further elevate the care we provide to our patients.

Warm regards, 


Wesley Davis



Announcing AAENP Members who Shine

As we celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week, AAENP is excited to announce the recipients of the Inaugural Awards Program. Please join us in congratulating these AAENP members for their excellence in diverse efforts which support NP practice everywhere.   


Ken Stackhouse

Excellence in Community Engagement


Michael Sweeney

AAENP Excellence in Practice Award  


Juan Gonzalez

AAENP Excellence in Leadership Award  


Ari Chaskes

AAENP Award for Student Excellence  


Fred Barton

AAENP Excellence in Advocacy Award  


Dian Evans

AAENP Excellence in Research Award  


A celebration of these individuals will be hosted in conjunction with our Annual Conference during the March 2024 Salt Lake City EmergNP.   



Make plans now to attend the EmergNP 2024 Conference this coming March 15-17, 2024.

AAENP is thrilled to announce that the preparations for EmergNP 2024 are in full swing. Mark your calendars to join with ENPs from across the country March 15-17, 2024 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah! The event will now be even easier to join with colleagues from across the country to learn new procedural skills and management strategies, network with vendors and enjoy a respite from your clinical shifts! Whether you're a seasoned ENP or new to the role, this conference promises to deliver valuable insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities. Registration is NOW OPEN at - Don’t miss out! 


Additionally, on March 14, 2024, ThriveAP will host a Procedural & Skills Preconference prior to EmergNP at the Conference Hotel. It’s an event you don’t want to miss. Registration available at


There is still room to showcase your poster at EmergNP 24 in Salt Lake! The Poster call has been extended! Abstracts may be electronically submitted at THIS LINK until Thursday, November 30. 



Looking for a way to get involved at AAENP?

The AAENP 2024 – 2025 Call for Committee Volunteers is now open!!

Individuals interested in serving as a volunteer on an AAENP 2024 – 2025 committee are encouraged to submit an online application. The call for volunteers will remain open until Monday, December 4th.

Prior to selecting a specific committee(s) of interest, individuals should review the purpose for each AAENP committee. Applications are to be submitted with the following:

  • the specific committee(s) on which you wish to serve
  • a preferred email address for communication from AAENP
  • a current CV or resume as attachment

Submit all requested items electronically at THIS LINK.

Committee appointments will be notified of their appointment no later than the first week of January 2024 via the email provided in each applicants’ letter of intent.


Membership Highlight: Karen Schill – AAENP Northeastern Regional Director 


Karen (Casey) O’Connell Schill, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CFRN, NREMT-P is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Specialty Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care Program at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate degree at Hartwick College in 2001, a master’s degree in 2014 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rutgers in 2020. Dr. Schill is the recipient of the 2020 Stanley S. Bergen Award which celebrates exceptional scholarly achievements. Her ongoing work focuses on injury prevention and emergency medical services.

Dr. Schill’s DNP project focused on Mobile Integrated Health (MIH). She has had the experience and opportunity to treat heart failure patients both in the community and in the emergency department, and has a vested interest in keeping patients healthy at home and avoid hospital readmissions or ED recidivism. Dr. Schill has co-authored a review book for community paramedics entitled The Complete Guide to Community Paramedic-certified (CP-C) Test Prep.

To remain clinically relevant and current, Dr. Schill maintains per diem positions as an emergency department advanced practice nurse in a level I trauma center and tertiary care center, flight nurse, and paramedic. In these positions, Dr. Schill has an opportunity to mentor new emergency department nurses and advanced practice nurses. She facilitates, participates, mentors, and evaluates to ensure they achieve specific emergency skills and competencies. She works with emergency medicine pre-hospital medical directors to provide clinical education and procedures training for pre-hospital providers through skills and advanced simulation experiences surrounding advanced airway management, trauma, and cardiac care. She teaches numerous classes for volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMT), fire fighters, and first responders and continues to volunteer on a local first aid squad.   


State Representatives are essential connections to our members and actively support the values and mission of AAENP. State Representative needs are as follows: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. If interested, please apply through the AAENP website at


Check it out – See the new CE opportunity in AENJ exploring Ophthalmic Emergencies: Assessment and Management


AAENP Advocacy

In conjunction with other nursing organizations of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), AAENP participated in the following Advocacy initiatives during October:

  • On October 10, a letter thanking Senate Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Cynthia Lummis, for introducing the Improving Care and Access to Nurses (I CAN) Act (S.2418) was sent.
  • On October 16, a letter was sent thanking Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Jen Kiggans (R-VA-02), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-04) for introducing the bipartisan Nurse Corps Tax Parity Act of 2023 (H.R.5080).
  • On October 31, a letter was shared with RDML Jennifer Moon, welcoming her as the new Chief Nurse Officer at the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

ICYMI – Some members have missed the prior newsletters sent out monthly this year. You can find some below.




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