In celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Week, we’d like to recognize all our nurse practitioners and the important role they play here at Miami Jewish Health. Your commitment, dedication, teamwork and the exceptional care you provide make such a difference in the lives of our patients, residents and participants. We couldn’t do it without you!
This week is a great time to reflect on the impact nurse practitioners have in today’s health care environment and the critical role they will play in the future. Their work with patients and families brings a much-needed, holistic focus on health. Nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose illness, evaluate patients, prescribe medication and intervene on behalf of those under their care.
“They truly are the ‘glue’ that often keeps our health system humming,” said Brian J. Kiedrowski, M.D., Executive Vice President and Enterprise Chief Medical Officer for Miami Jewish Health. “Nurse practitioners perform a vital role in the post-acute setting and understand care transitions and ‘cross setting care,’ which are so important at Miami Jewish Health. They are experts in providing the disease prevention and patient specific education to our patients and families, often at a level that exceeds the physicians.”
Nurse Practitioners Treat Millions of Patients Annually
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 86.6 percent are certified in an area of primary care and undergo rigorous training and credentialing while focusing on the well-being of the whole person. Nurse practitioners can also ease the high cost of health care for patients and help address the looming primary care shortage.
Did you know that Americans make more than 870 million visits to nurse practitioners every year?
At Miami Jewish Health, eight full-time and nine per diem nurse practitioners make it possible for us to offer the highest quality care to our residents, patients and program participants, every day.
Caregiving is a Calling
Jancy Shalet, Karen Lane and Anita Glymph are three of our amazing nurse practitioners. Jancy, hired in October 2016, divides her time between Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center and skilled nursing; Karen, also hired in October 2016, splits time between long-term care, skilled nursing and the Clinical Trials program; and Anita is assigned to the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). She joined Miami Jewish Health in February 2017.
“I love what I do,” said Jancy, who grew up in India and also worked in the United Kingdom before coming to Florida. “It’s interesting and challenging. In some ways it is giving back to society. Everybody does it in a different way and this is the way I found.”
Karen, who worked for years at the Mayo Clinic and as nurse for the U.S. Navy, decided at age 15 while recovering from a serious car crash that she was interested in the medical field.
“I was in the hospital for a month and underwent two surgeries. The nurses took excellent care of me,” Karen recalled. “When it came closer to getting the actual degree, I thought nursing would be the best choice.”
Anita, a former nursing instructor from Virginia who’s also worked in numerous Florida primary care clinics, loves working with the elderly in a decision-making role. She works closely with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who address everything from nursing, physical and occupational therapy to social work, diet and mental health. She often has to make home visits.
“It’s an interesting challenge every day. I always wanted to go beyond my practice as a registered nurse to be a primary care provider,” Anita said. “The best part of my job is working with my teammates. They say two heads are better than one and we have a lot of heads here!”