PARIS, IL —
For many patients, nurse practitioner are health care providers of choice because of their unique combination of medical and nursing skills. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals and clinics.
During National Nurse Practitioner Week — under way since Monday — Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center in Paris, Ill., is recognizing the valuable service that its NPs provide to the community.
“Nurse practitioners play an important role in treating, educating and counseling patients in our rural communities,” said Randy Simmons, PCH/FMC president & CEO. “Because they have a unique blend of medical and nursing knowledge, patients receive very personalized, comprehensive, high-quality medical care.”
Nurse practitioners at PCH/FMC are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. PCH/FMC has six nurse practitioners serving at various locations:
• Susan Arp practices at the Kansas and Paris Family Medical Centers, and the EZ Care weekend walk-in clinic.
• Debbie Griffin and Crystal White practice at Paris Family Medical Center.
• Louwanna Wallace practices at Chrisman Family Medical Center.
• Samantha Volstorf and Angela Hamilton practice at the EZ Care clinic.
Nurse practitioners have graduate-level, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Most have master’s degrees and many have doctorates.
They concentrate specifically on the whole person, stressing both care and cure. They can prescribe medications and can perform and interpret diagnostic tests, such as lab work and X-rays, while working closely with their supervising physician. Besides clinical care, they help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.
According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, more than 155,000 nurse practitioners are practicing in the United States. More than 18 percent practice in rural settings with populations of less than 25,000.