NPs in the News, September Headlines
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Posted by: Erin Cusack
by Hannah Holder
At Texas Nurse Practitioners, we want to highlight the dedicated Nps who improve quality healthcare and make a difference everyday.
TNP Member Jessica Wilson started a therapy group for patients with schizophrenia. “Out of all the illnesses I treat, that has to be the most debilitating,” Wilson said in an interview with a Corpus Christi news station. She treats over 300 patients for schizophrenia, and treats several other patients for illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, addiction as well as trauma at her mental health practice, Oasis Counseling and Psychiatry in Corpus Christi. Just this past September, TNP honored Wilson with the Community Impact Award for all of her hard work and dedication to the health and well-being of her community.
A principal investigator for research at the Lung Health Institute in Dallas, TNP Member Melissa Rubio is treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Rubio answered questions regarding the disease in an article by DailyNurse. Rubio said, “COPD is not currently curable, however, there is still hope for these patients.” She said committing to a diet of anti-inflammatory foods and being active in low-impact physical activities can help reduce lung inflammation. “One of the best things patients can do if they’ve been diagnosed with chronic lung disease is to quit smoking if they currently smoke,” she said.
At the Lung Health Institute, patients can access programs like American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking Plus, a six-week online smoking cessation program.
Almost 12 years ago, TNP Member Lutricia Harrison opened her own practice in Houston to provide quality healthcare to low-income patients. In an interview with VoyageHouston, Harrison said she and her husband financed the family practice themselves, facing challenges with the credentialing process and reimbursement from insurance companies. Harrison said, “I wanted to offer healthcare to patients who may not have access to quality healthcare based upon the community they live in or their lack of confidence in the providers.” She said, “We are set apart from other providers because the patients can feel the compassion displayed by everyone in the office. They are greeted with love and concern from their first encounter."
TNP would like to thank the NPs listed above: Jessica Wilson, Melissa Rubio and Lutricia Harrison for all of their hard work and dedication to providing quality healthcare.