NRMC Hires More Family Nurse Practitioners


Pictured Left to Right: Jessica Cornett, FNP; Valerie Dawson, FNP; and Teresa Reed, FNP

Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce the addition of three full-time family nurse practitioners (FNP) to its staff. In addition to providing care in its hospital clinics, Jessica Cornett, FNP and Teresa Reed, FNP will provide hospitalist coverage in the main hospital. Additionally, Valerie Dawson, FNP will provide care in the NRMC Wound Care Clinic.

“Two of these nurses have been excellent long-term employees with us, and one is new to our system” said Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “We were very pleased and honored that they expressed an interest in continuing to work for NRMC once they earned their practitioner licensures this winter. We look forward to all three FNPs providing excellent care in our hospital and clinics.”

Cornett and Reed have both worked as registered nurses (RN) at NRMC for ten years, each working the majority of that time in the Emergency Department. In February, both earned their Master’s Degrees in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University.

Cornett says that she completed much of her clinical work at NowCare Clinic, where she will now work in collaboration with Benjamin Wilson, MD. Reed will work in collaboration with Amanda Turner, MD at Primary Care Center.

“I know everyone there and the processes, so I think it will be a smooth transition. I’m very excited to get started,” Cornett said.

“It will be nice to still be in contact with my ER family when working with admitted hospital patients,” Reed said, referring to her hospitalist coverage schedule. “I also look forward to collaborating with Dr. Turner and getting to know my patients, really establishing relationships.”

Dawson comes from southeast Kansas. She earned her MSN from Pittsburg State University and became certified as an FNP in 2012. Although she has worked most recently in hospice care at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Pittsburg, she has been interested in wound care and is currently working on her certification in the specialty. Outside of work, Dawson enjoys an active lifestyle with her horses, dogs, and two young daughters she lovingly refers to as her “little ladies”.

To become an FNP, one must first pass the NCLEX-RN to become a licensed RN. During years spent as an RN, crucial experience is gained. From there, most FNP hopefuls will work toward a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in family practice, a post graduate degree specific to FNP preparation, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

FNPs have advanced clinical training and possess a graduate-level education, qualifying them to diagnose and treat complex health conditions. They can perform a wide variety of duties that include but are not limited to development of treatment plans, education, and guidance for disease prevention and healthy living, health examinations, performing diagnostic tests and screenings, and prescribing medicine.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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