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Community Hospital Honors Nurse Practitioners

November 10, 2016

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital honors three nurse practitioners during Nurse Practitioner Week, November 13-19. They are among more than 1,500 nurse practitioners licensed in Nebraska.

Serving on Community Hospital’s medical staff as nurse practitioners are Alyssa Bauer, APRN, Mareesa Hasenauer, APRN and Theresa Langan, APRN.

Alyssa Bauer, APRN, MSN is a nurse practitioner with McCook Clinic and also sees patients in Community Hospital’s emergency department. As a family nurse practitioner, Alyssa serves as a primary health care provider seeing patients of all ages.

Mareesa Hasenauer, APRN, MSN was recently hired by Community Hospital to work full-time as a rural health provider at Curtis Medical Center. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she will begin seeing patients in Curtis in late December. Mareesa is from Welfleet and most recently worked at Great Plains Pain Management in North Platte in the pain management clinic.

Theresa Langan, APRN, MSN works with patients at the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology. She recently passed the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner Examination administered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

The role of the nurse practitioner will be showcased as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 222,000 strong with an additional 20,000 NP students graduating each year.

Events held in communities around the country will acquaint local citizens with the role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care and will highlight the value of choosing an NP as Your Partner in Health. NP practice offers a unique combination of nursing and health care service to patients. Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counseling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture.

In a population that is aging, with baby boomers becoming seniors in growing numbers over the next ten years, having choices about health care providers will become even more important. National NP Week brings visibility to the role of the NP, helping consumers make wise choices when selecting their health care provider.

Nurse practitioners work in many healthcare settings including hospitals, emergency departments, outpatient clinics, public health departments, and specialty offices. A proclamation was signed at the Nebraska State Capitol on 11/9/16 by Governor Pete Ricketts recognizing November 13-19th and Nurse Practitioner Week in our State.

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