WHAT IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER?
Nurse practitioners (NP’s) are registered nurses who have completed an advanced degree at either a master’s or doctoral level. We are held to the highest standard when it comes to quality of care. We undergo rigorous national certification, peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to code for ethical practices. We are required to follow through with continued learning and professional development to maintain clinical competency. We also participate in professional and layperson health care forums, conduct research and apply it to our clinical practice.
Prior to my graduate school experience, I attended Central Michigan University and obtained a degree in exercise physiology and went on to University of Detroit Mercy to obtain a Bachelors of Nursing degree. I became a registered nurse and worked for 13 years (11 of them in a busy emergency room), caring for all walks of life. I have a strong passion for nursing, however, I knew I wanted even more.
My graduate education at University of Michigan-Flint consisted of a combination of classroom and clinical experiences over a 4 year period. I spent over 1000 hours in clinical settings with the majority of my clinical practice time spent in family medicine and pediatric offices. I was so fortunate to find Dr. Tice and Dr. Hirsch during my training. They took me under their wings to give me an amazing experience which guided my newfound desire to work with children.
Although I hold the title of doctor, I am not a physician. Many professions have doctorate degrees (pharmacists, physical therapists, educators, lawyers, dentists, and veterinarians to name a few). I function like a physician and work collaboratively with Dr. Tice and Dr. Hirsch to provide quality care to the patients that we see. Dr. Tice and Dr. Hirsch have many years of experience in this field and I am fortunate that I can work alongside them everyday.
Like a physician, I provide a wide range of primary, acute and specialty health care services including but not limited to:
Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests (lab work and xrays)
Diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic conditions such as ear infections, sore throats, rashes, asthma, obesity, injuries and many more
Prescribing medications and other treatments
Managing overall care of my patients
Counseling and education on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices
My clinical interests include preventive medicine, childhood obesity, asthma, childhood anxiety, depression and antibiotic resistance. I look forward to caring for your children!
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