Addie Eckardt Offers Proclamation for National Nurse Pracitioner Week at UM SRH
National Nurse Practitioner Week was celebrated this year November 11-17 by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. At UM Shore Regional Health, nine of the 39 UM Community Medical Group nurse practitioners (NPs)s gathered on Monday, November 12 for a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year.
The group was welcomed by Gail Shorter, chairperson of the Advanced Practice Provider Council, who expressed thanks to Timothy Shanahan, DO, Medical Director, UM CMG – Shore and Cheryl Ruff, UM CMG -Shore administrator, for their ongoing support of all providers.
Maryland State (District 37) Senator Addie Eckardt honored the group with an official citation commending Shore Regional Health’s Advance Practice Provider Council. Senator Eckardt thanked all NPs for the “selfless and exceptional care they provide to our great community and State.” Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO, was present to congratulate nurse practitioners for their excellent clinical work as well as their increasing involvement within the Medical Staff.
To practice, NPs must be nationally board-certified in their specialty. NPs may also obtain sub-specialty certification. At UM SRH, NPs are credentialed by the Medical Staff. NPs are licensed in Maryland to practice independently under state rules and regulations; no oversight is required. New NPs are required to have a mentor for 18 months. In Maryland, all NPs have the credential CRNP (certified registered nurse practitioner).
UM Shore Regional Health NPs work in the following arenas of patient care: Behavioral Health, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, cardiology, the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center emergency, family medicine, gastroenterology, hospitalists, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics, pain management, palliative care, pediatrics, surgery, women’s health and wound care.