Nurse Practitioners Filling the Healthcare Gap
Amy Works, FNP-C
People living in rural areas have long faced challenges when it comes to getting healthcare services close to home. And unfortunately, this scenario is getting even worse. Why? Some reasons include a nation-wide doctor shortage, an increase in the overall population, as well as difficulty recruiting physicians to practice medicine in rural areas.
That’s where nurse practitioners (NPs) come in. We help improve patient access and provide quality care for those who need it most. In this role, we both diagnose and create treatment plans for patients with acute and chronic conditions. This may include:
- ordering tests like x-rays and lab work,
- interpreting lab and imaging results,
- prescribing medication when needed, and
- patient education.
It’s also important to know we’re only a phone call away from my collaborating Highpoint Health physician, should a situation arise where a consultation may be needed. This relationship is key to ensuring you always receive the highest-quality care.
You can feel confident choosing an NP to be your healthcare partner.
All NPs have completed master’s degree training, undergone national certification and are licensed by the state in which they practice. In total, they’ve undergone six plus years of academic and clinical training. And in my case, I bring the valuable experience and knowledge I gained from my 34 prior years working as a registered nurse.
Access to primary care is vital.
Primary care providers like family physicians, pediatricians and NPs are very often the first stop when you need healthcare services. We make sure you get the medical care you need, whether it’s with us, or another provider. Think of us as your advocate for good health. Some benefits of having an established primary care provider include:
- continuity of care,
- early detection, diagnosis and treatment of illness,
- education and routine screenings,
- peace of mind that comes from having an established healthcare provider,
- better management of chronic disease, and if needed, referral to a specialty provider.
Treating the whole patient.
A large part of my practice focuses on prevention and wellness. I provide my patients with the information they need to live healthy lives. I also ask them if they face any challenges when it comes to managing their care. Together, we come up with the best treatment plan.
The best part of my job is getting to know my patients and their families. I truly consider it a privilege that they let me into their lives.
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Provided by: Amy Works, FNP-C, Certified nurse family practitioner, Highpoint Health Physician Partners, Milan
To learn more, contact Amy Works at 812-654-7037.