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USU Eastern Faculty Member Featured in National Magazine

 

Smart choice. Pendergrass, also featured in the spring edition of Utah State University Eastern Magazine, is a tireless advocate for those in her profession. She believes nurse practitioners should be able to do what they were trained to do. Things like diagnose and treat illnesses and prescribe medicines.

The article talks about how some 60 million Americans live in parts of the United States with limited access to health professionals. It’s a problem all too familiar to Pendergrass, a challenge she turned into a cause through behind-the-scenes work with the Utah Legislature. Her efforts opened the way for changes in the law that has since expanded nurse practitioner offerings in Utah.

Pendergrass, whose roots are in Carbon County, opened a women’s health clinic in Price less than two years ago. Today USU Eastern nursing students work in her clinic and she teaches on campus the maternal child classes for both licensed practical nursing and registered nursing students.

In the AARP article she talks about how her patient load is now in the thousands because of the gap her services are filling. Women who could not afford to make a 60-mile trip to the nearest obstetrician-gynecologist are now able to receive care through her. 

With a predicted shortage of 91,500 physicians over the next six years, that is a significant gap and it is why AARP says it is working to change state laws that impose restrictions on nurse practitioners.

 Yes, just like a certain shining example has been doing all along right here in Utah.

 Click here for the complete AARP article. www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2014/nurse-practitioners-fill-the-gap.html

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Writer: John DeVilbiss; john.devilbiss@usu.edu