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Lake Regional Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Lake Regional Health System celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 13–19. Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians with extensive clinical preparation. These experts provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to health care.

“In celebration of our nurse practitioners, we invite patients to share their stories of gratitude,” said Lake Regional Health System CEO Kevin McRoberts, FACHE. “Patients can share the positive difference a nurse practitioner or other health care provider has made in their life at lakeregional.com/MyStory.”

Nurse Practitioner Week recognizes the contributions that more than 355,000 licensed nurse practitioners make to the health of patients nationwide. These health care professionals practice in primary care clinics, walk-in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms and skilled nursing facilities across the country — wherever patients are in need. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, nurse practitioners are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans.

In Missouri, nurse practitioners are required to establish a collaborative agreement with a physician. With that agreement, a nurse practitioner in Missouri can provide nearly all of the same care a doctor can provide, from diagnosing and treating health problems to prescribing medications and ordering tests. Nurse practitioners have at least a master’s degree and many have a doctorate degree.

Lake Regional has more than 25 nurse practitioners, including family medicine nurse practitioners, acute care nurse practitioners, and nurse practitioners dedicated to cancer care, general surgery, heart care, inpatient care, neurology, nephrology, occupational medicine, pulmonology, sleep medicine, urology and women’s health.

“Many of these nurse practitioners went back to school after years in health care because they saw the need for more health care providers,” McRoberts said. “Because of them, many patients receive care every day who would otherwise have to wait days, weeks or even months to get an appointment. We are grateful to have these skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate professionals serving patients throughout our health system.”

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