Lake Regional Health System celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 10-16. Nurse practitioners are licensed clinicians with advanced educations and extensive clinical preparation. Most nurse practitioners have at least a master’s degree and many have a doctorate degree.
“Our nurse practitioners provide high-quality, personalized health care,” said Michael Burcham, vice president, Physician Practices. “Their training prepares them not only to diagnose and manage acute and chronic illnesses but also to partner with patients to prevent disease and promote health. We are grateful to have these skilled, knowledgeable professionals serving patients throughout our health system.”
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.
Lake Regional has nearly 30 nurse practitioners, including family nurse practitioners, acute care nurse practitioners and nurse practitioners dedicated to cancer care, cardiology, Express Care, inpatient care, nephrology, neurology, occupational medicine, pulmonology, sleep medicine, urology and women’s health.
Nurse practitioners have been a part of health care for more than 50 years. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 270,000 nationwide, with an additional 30,000 nurse practitioners graduating every year.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.