National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrates more than 50 years of practice by these exceptional health care providers. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are expert clinicians with advanced education and clinical experience who provide primary, acute and specialty health care using a high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered approach. Here are some key facts about NPs:
- NPs must have a master’s degree in order to practice, and many have doctoral degrees, such as a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).
- They are licensed in all 50 states to order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests as well as diagnosis and treat acute and chronic conditions.
- Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, http://assets.aanp.org/documents/2017/NPWeekResourceGuide2017.pdf).
- In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 234,000 strong.
Currently 22 NPs practice within University of Maryland Community Medical Group at Shore Regional Health, with more practitioners being added as community needs arise.
“We take a holistic and collaborative approach to patient care that involves listening to our patients and their families, then creating an individualized medical treatment plan to optimize healing, wellness and function while considering the unique needs of each patient,” comments Lisa Jeffers, CRNP, CWS of UM CMG Wound Care.
Below is a full list of UM CMG nurse practitioners with their credentials and specialties. Additional information can be found at UMCMG.org.
Behavioral Health: Jill Burgholzer, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC and Leslie Fox, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
Breast Center: Brittany Krautheim, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
Cardiology: Patricia Lancaster, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Clare Ross, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Diabetes and Endocrinology; Anna Antwi, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Doris Tate, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Family Medicine: Brittany Cutler, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Lisa Hall, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Marcia Reynolds, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC , Michell Jordan, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC, Shirley Seward, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Gastroenterology: Karen Fisher, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Mary Horseman, MSN, CRNP FNP-BC
and Mickee Roser, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC
Neurology: Rahel Alemu, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Penny Boyle, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and
Trisha Lemay, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Neurosurgery: Wendy Towers, MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, RNFA
Oncology/Pulmonology: Michele Williams, DNP, CRNP, AGPCNP-BC, OCN, RN-BC
Pain: Diana Gail Shorter, DNP,CRNP,
Palliative Care: Sharon Stagg, DNP, MS, MPH, CRNP,
Pediatrics: Ellen Spurry Christ, MSN, CRNP, PNP-BC
Women’s Health: Jennifer Dyott, DNP(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC and Dale Jafari, DNP(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Wound Care: Lisa Jeffers, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CWS