NPs vote to form new national membership organization
AUSTIN, Texas — The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners announced that they are moving forward with plans to consolidate effective Jan. 1, 2013.
The combined organization will be known as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or AANP. With approximately 40,000 members, AANP will serve as the largest professional membership organization in the country for nurse practitioners of all specialties.
Leaders from both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners will play key roles in governing the new organization. As of Nov. 19, David Hebert, who has been CEO of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, began serving as CEO of AANP. Angela Golden, currently serving as president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, will retain her position through June 2013. Ken Miller, currently the American College of Nurse Practitioners’ president-elect, will become the co-president with Golden at the AANP conference in June 2013.
The consolidation comes at a time when fewer physicians are pursuing primary care medicine and nurse practitioners are playing an increasingly critical role in providing access to primary, acute and specialty care. This is even more urgent with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act moving forward, adding 30 million Americans to the rolls of the insured.
By consolidating, the new AANP is striving to add a strong, unified voice to the growing movement working to ensure nurse practitioners can practice to their fullest potential.
"The nurse practitioner community has made it clear that they support this alliance and share our vision for one entity that represents the very best of what we have to offer as health care providers," stated Angela Golden, current president of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. "Coming together better serves our members and benefits our patients who need nurse practitioners now more than ever."
"Today’s health care environment demands more efficiency and innovation as we look to control costs and improve outcomes," stated Jill Olmstead, president of the American College of Nurse Practitioners. "This consolidation exemplifies how collaboration and future-forward thinking can bring about positive changes across the health care spectrum."
Stop & Shop raises huge donation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop donated more than $250,000 to the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research, education and awareness in October, the supermarket chain announced Tuesday.
The company said it donated 5 cents for every pink reusable shopping bag sold through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for a total of more than $8,400. Customers and employees also raised more than $182,000 to support "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walks on Long Island and Point Pleasant, N.Y., and Providence, R.I. Meanwhile, partnerships with the chain’s private label, General Mills and Proctor & Gamble donated $67,000.
"Stop & Shop is extremely proud of the generosity from our customers and associates to support breast cancer awareness," Stop & Shop New England division spokeswoman Suzi Robinson said. "Breast cancer affects so many lives, and we are overwhelmed by the spirit of everyone who came together once again to make a difference."
Walgreens goes multichannel with Black Friday promotions
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will be making a multichannel play for Black Friday customers through a mystery mobile coupon, the retailer announced Tuesday.
“This promotion is an excellent example of how technology and innovation work together to provide customers with a great offer that increases engagement and enhances their shopping experience,” stated Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce for Walgreens. “At a time when shoppers are out looking for the best deals, we’re making it easy by sending real-time, relevant offers directly to them.”
When users open the Walgreens app home screen beginning Black Friday and running through Nov. 25, they can “swipe to reveal” exclusive Walgreens offers and discounts on Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee products at their local Walgreens. The Walgreens app is easily integrated into the iPhone’s Passbook, where the offers will also appear.
Also available through the Walgreens mobile app from Friday through Sunday is a chance to enter a Black Friday sweepstakes to win 1 million Balance Rewards points. Walgreens in September launched the Balance Rewards customer loyalty program, which offers customers ways to save, earn points and get rewarded for purchases, services and healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Walgreens has introduced the latest updates to its mobile app, allowing for more personalized and relevant experiences for easy access on-the-go or in-store, including the addition of photo editing functionality powered by Aviary to its QuickPrints app; a platform that allows customers to use a digital shopping list to map and locate items in a store by posting a pin on the map; and tablet users can quickly access Walgreens new magazine, Happy and Healthy: Your Guide To Living Well With Walgreens, through the company’s shopping app.
Also, Walgreens is offering 16 unique holiday card templates, which can be accessed and customized via the iPad app. The cards, which come in packs of 20 along with envelopes, are available to pick up at a local Walgreens in about an hour.