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Welcome Aubrey Atkins, Nurse Practitioner

"We all think very highly of Aubrey and agree that she will be a great fit for our Napoleon and Wishek locations,” says Mark Rinehardt, CEO.

Mark, along with the WHC staff, welcomes Aubrey Atkins to our community as our newest Nurse Practitioner. Aubrey started on October 27th as Napoleon Clinic's midlevel with a few days a month at the Wishek Clinic. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Utah and a Masters of Science in Nursing from George Washington University in D.C. Aubrey shared with us about her medical and personal background and why she is looking forward to practicing medicine in South Central North Dakota.

Why did you decide to pursue medicine?

From the time I was young, I knew I wanted a career in healthcare. After a somewhat negative experience with my own health, and the healthcare system while I was living in Spain, I decided I wanted to do something that would help alleviate the medical stresses and suffering of others. When I returned to the U.S., I began my nursing education.

What brought you to this position with the WHC?

A good friend of mine is actually from Ashley. She told me how great the people of North Dakota are and encouraged me to apply for this Nurse Practitioner position.

How has your team leadership experience helped prepare you for this job?

To me, leadership isn’t about giving orders or managing people. It’s about finding ways to better serve our patients and then working as a team to implement those ideas for the benefit of both the patient and the healthcare providers. My various roles as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nutrition support nurse, and outpatient coordinator gave me a wide variety of opportunities to see patients and the healthcare team operate in different capacities.

What is the most rewarding part about working in healthcare?

Making a positive connection with someone and seeing the influence I can have in their life, and they in mine, whether it be helping someone progress and recover, or providing support as they or a loved one finishes their mortal journey.

What is your personal philosophy of practicing medicine and how do you see it benefiting Wishek and surrounding areas?

My philosophy includes four basic tenets: 1) Clinical Excellence: I strive to provide the best care at all times and stay current on evidence-based practice for my patients. I look for ways to improve my practice and better myself as a clinician. 2) Mutual Respect: I treat my patients the way I would like to be treated. 3) Responsibility: I accept responsibility for my attitude, actions, knowledge and mistakes, and 4) Trust: I act with integrity. Healthcare is a partnership between the provider and the patient. I believe these four ideals can help create a positive, successful partnership. I look forward to starting that process with the people of Napoleon and surrounding area.

What are your impressions of the WHC so far?

I have only visited the clinics once, but everyone was very friendly and welcoming. They also seemed very supportive of one another. Everyone I met seemed to really enjoy his or her job, which says to me that this is a good place to work.

Coming from a city, what are you looking forward to about practicing medicine in our rural communities?

Salt Lake is a large city, and that affords opportunities and access to many specialists and therapies. While this may help the patient get better care, it can make the provision of healthcare feel somewhat disjointed at times. In a rural area, the access to some of those aspects is more limited, but providers get the opportunity and responsibility of caring for the whole patient, instead of just bits and pieces.

Talk a little bit about yourself, your family, what you like to do in your free time, hobbies, etc.

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and all of my family members currently live in Utah. I am the second of four children. My father is a physical therapist and runs a wound care clinic, and my mother is retired. Two of my brothers also work in healthcare. In my spare time, I like to read, play the piano, sew, bake, and spend time with my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy going to University of Utah football games and Real Salt Lake soccer games.

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