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Posted on July 28th, 2014
It’s a privilege for us to welcome back to Creekside Clinic Cynthia Wornstaff, FNP-C
As a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she will provide acute and primary health and medical care to children, adolescents, and adults. Since she left Creekside in 2011, she has been working in the region for SEARHC on Prince of Wales Island as well as in various rural clinics in Oregon and Washington. She and her husband, Pete Ryan, will be relocating to Ketchikan from their long-term home in Craig, Alaska. “I’m excited about staying in the region” says Wornstaff. “As a professional, I really enjoy working at Creekside. I get the time necessary to listen to patients and know their families. This extra time is key when helping people manage their health”. Please join us and give a warm welcome back to Cynthia and her family.
Posted on June 30th, 2014
Three local candidates have completed a Medical Assistant Training program sponsored by Creekside Family Health Clinic, in partnership with The State of Alaska Employment Security Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Jane Bolima, NCMA; Kim Rodriguez, NCMA; and Shalie Hageman, NCMA have each completed the academic, clinical training, and examination requirements to receive certification as Nationally Certified Medical Assistants (NCMA) through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
The federally registered apprenticeship program included 4000 clinical practice hours and a year-long distance education program through Penn Foster University. “We are very proud of all they have accomplished” says, Lani Hill, Family Nurse Practitioner and clinic owner. “I think it has been a real challenge for them to complete the program and balance it with all their other commitments. Of course the best part is that they’ll hopefully stay with us as highly valued employees.”
Although the scope of practice for Medical Assistants varies state-by-state, they provide an important role supporting a variety of clinical and administrative tasks delegated and supervised by licensed medical professionals such as nurses and doctors. For example, they are qualified to take vital signs and check-in patients, assist with procedures, draw and process laboratory blood specimens, coordinate referrals, administer limited medications, and maintain medical records among other supervised tasks. “They have really become an important part of the clinic team” says John Hill, Clinic Manager. “It’s been very satisfying watching them grow as people and as professionals. In Ketchikan, recruiting and attracting folks with these qualifications can be pretty challenging. So we do what Ketchikan does best: grow our own”.
The apprenticeships were co-sponsored and financed by the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Office of Apprenticeship is the registration agency and the program is registered as part of the National Apprenticeship System. “Registered Apprenticeship helps the employer meet their demand for skilled workers”, says Lymus Capehart, USDOL Apprenticeship and Training Representative. “Registered Apprenticeship helps build careers where everyone wins.”
The State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, through the local Ketchikan Job Center, played a key role to secure the funding and provide guidance to the apprentices. “Melissa Cruise, our Vocational Counselor, lead the way in creating this much-needed apprenticeship opportunity. The Career Support & Training Services (CSTS) program paid the tuition and testing fees that prepared the students to gain national certification,” said Barbara Truitt, CSTS case manager with the Ketchikan Job Center. “Our mission is to strengthen Alaska’s workforce and encourage economic development by providing quality career support and training services. This newly formed apprenticeship could potentially become a model for various health care providers to implement across the state.
For all of the apprentices, the program presented an opportunity to build upon previous experiences in health services. “There simply wasn’t a training opportunity available to me elsewhere in the community and I’m grateful for it.” says Jane Bolima. Kim Rodriguez, for her part notes “What’s been great about the program is that it has allowed me to take a big step forward in my career while at the same time earning a living”. Shalie Hageman, the third apprentice, agrees. “It’s been a great experience. Especially since it allowed me to keep doing what I love to do”.
Posted on August 7th, 2013
Tammy Earnest has joined Creekside Family Health Clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner effective August 5th, 2013.
Ms. Earnest was born and raised in Ketchikan, and is a true local talent. Completion of her clinical studies as a Nurse Practitioner fulfills a life-long dream to work with individuals and families to help manage their health care needs. “It is really satisfying to recruit local folks who have worked so hard to advance their careers and serve their community”, says Lani Hill, Family Nurse Practitioner and clinic owner.
Ms. Earnest earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in June 2013. She will provide acute and primary health and medical care to children, adolescents, and adults. Besides her interest in family care, she is especially interested in working with teenagers and adolescents. “The health care needs of teenagers aren’t really childhood or adult but a combination of the two. They struggle with their own unique needs and it often takes more time during office visits to often simply listen and offer a different perspective and guidance”, she says.
Ms. Earnest began her local nursing career working as a registered nurse at the Ketchikan Medical Clinic, Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic, and most recently at the Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center Emergency Department.
“Good health care is really patient driven” explains Ms. Earnest. “It is important that medical providers do their best to collaborate with patients and understand their needs and desires so that patients can better take control of their health”, she says.
Ms. Earnest lives with her husband Mike, their youngest son, Trevan, the family dog Huck, and cat, Zoe. Beyond her lifelong love and experience of the outdoors of Southeast Alaska, she enjoys other activities including reading, knitting, campfires, and beachcombing.
Creekside Family Health Clinic accepts most private and federal insurance plans as well as Medicaid, Denali KidCare, Medicare, and all major credit cards.