Post written by Wael S. Mourad, MD, MHCM, FAAFP, Family Physician and Chief Health Officer
Medicine and health care are team sports. We all have our roles and contribute to the common goal of taking care of our patients. Here at Health Partnership Clinic (HPC), an important role is that of the nurse practitioner.
2019 Nurse Practitioner Week
The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased November 10–16, 2019, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of healthcare professionals number more than 270,000 strong with an additional 28,700 new NPs completing their academic programs in 2018.
A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse.
This professional is trained to treat primary Care, specialty Care, acute, and chronic conditions for patients of all ages. They are trained at the graduate level and typically have a Master of Science in Nursing. They can also obtain a doctorate in their field. While they are classified as mid-level providers, they can either practice independently or under the supervision of a collaborating physician, depending on the state in which they practice.
The “partnership” in Health Partnership represents collaborations not only with external entities, but also internally. In health care, sometimes diagnoses and assessments are not that straightforward. And it helps to talk about it.
HPC’s Nurse Practitioners
Our nurse practitioners at HPC will often talk about cases and patients, lab results and imaging findings, symptoms and other questionable findings with their colleague physicians and other healthcare providers. They help provide access to patient care for all patients who very much need appointments to be seen. They provide compassion and attention to the needs of the patient in a way that the patient appreciates very much. And as they work collaboratively, the patient sees that and appreciates the teamwork that is being done on their behalf.
At HPC, we have nurse practitioners that focus on a variety of areas. From cardiology to primary care, from pediatric to adult medicine, and even academic medicine. “We are so grateful to our nurse practitioner colleagues for being on our team! Thank you and Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!”
Tony Anno, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN
Susan Bennett, APRN
Danielle Berg, APRN, FNP-C
Maureen Caro, FNP-BC
Haley Kendall, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Elizabeth Lewis, WHNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN
Jenny Miller, FNP-BC
Whitney Venegoni, APRN, FNP-BC
Gwenyth Wagner DNP, APRN
Patti West, DNP, APRN