National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate exceptional health care providers! Promise Community Health Center is thrilled to celebrate the amazing team of Nurse Practitioners that work on the Promise medical team!
Tana Kass, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C has been working at Promise since 2015. She was drawn to Promise because although it might be relatively small in scale in compassion to other healthcare organizations, there are benefits to working in a smaller organization. Some of these benefits include working in a close-knit community and the ability to communicate and collaborate easily with others to care for the community. Her favorite part of her job at Promise is the positive change the Promise team makes in patients’ lives and in the community. Every year, the organization has goals for the clinicians and staff to help improve a handful of patient-specific quality measures, and every year, the team succeeded in improving the measures.
This helps ensure that patients are receiving the highest quality care. If there was one thing Tana would want current and future Promise patients to know it would be that Promise offers comprehensive medical care that treats the whole person. There is medical care, dental care, and mental health services. There is also a Diabetic Educator, a Population Health team, a Social Worker, and a Psychiatric NP. Come check us out, we can’t wait to meet you!
Nurse Practitioner Statistics
According to data compiled by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners:
- 355,000+ nurse practitioners are licensed to practice in the U.S.
- Patients have more than 1 billion annual visits with NPs.
- Nearly 89% of NPs are certified in primary care.
- Nearly 96% of NPs prescribe medications.
- NPs now hold prescriptive privileges in all 50 states and D.C.
Sarah Hietbrink, ARNP, FNP-C, has worked at Promise since September 2021. She graduated with her nurse practitioner degree in May of 2021 and a position opened up that summer. Sarah loved the patients and coworkers she gets to interact with every day at Promise. Serving the community by providing quality care with people whom she loves to serve with is one of her favorite parts of the job. She says, “I am excited about Promise’s future because of the innovative leadership. Without our leadership, we would not be where we are today. The patients are FIRST and the employees are APPRECIATED. Collectively, we are striving to provide the best patient-focused care to the community.”
Why We Love NPs
Nurse practitioners are truly incredible healthcare providers. Promise is honored to work with amazing nurse practitioners who have:
- Outstanding expertise and knowledge, thanks to their rigorous education and clinical training
- Compassion and understanding for their patients’ concerns
- A holistic approach, with a focus on wellness and prevention as well as disease management
- An emphasis on the family and on patient education
- Positive health outcomes and patient satisfaction levels
- Extensive collaboration with colleagues, as vital members of patient care teams
- A passion for keeping our communities healthy and safe
Stacy Schapp, ARNP began working at Promise in June 2022. Promise’s mission of ensuring equity and access to healthcare drew her to Promise and she was pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the mission. Stacy’s favorite part of being a nurse practitioner is the rewarding feeling of being able to make a positive impact in someone else’s life. She wants patients to know that they can share any concerns regarding health or other concerns with their providers. She says, “The mission of Promise is truly God’s work in action and I am excited that we continue to look for new avenues to meet patient needs.”
Emily Leinen, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, started working as a family nurse practitioner at Promise in January 2021. She was drawn by the mission of Promise Community Health Center and its leadership team, which made taking a nurse practitioner position at Promise an easy decision for her. Since starting, Emily has received dual board certification and is now practicing as a psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. In her work, she specifically focuses on patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. Emily is passionate about the link between physical and mental well-being. On this, she says, “Our mental and physical health directly impacts the other and Promise understands this as noted in our mission – to provide accessible, holistic health care that adapts to the needs of the community to improve the wellbeing of all persons.”