New Clinician Coming to Campbell Clinic

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Richard Crouse, FNP

Campbell Medical Clinic, an affiliate of Piggott Community Hospital, welcomes Richard Crouse, FNP, as its newest clinician. Crouse sees patients of all ages in family practice on a full-time basis. He joins Dr. James Sheridan and Dr. Hillard Duckworth in providing care to area patients through the Campbell facility.

Crouse received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently a student in the Doctoral of Nursing Practice program through Maryville University in St. Louis.

His career in healthcare began with experience as an emergency medical technician in California. He also worked as an advanced life support medic in Arizona. Upon receiving his nursing license, he also worked as an industrial nurse for several manufacturing facilities in Poplar Bluff.

At Three Rivers Community College, Crouse was an instructor in the registered nursing program. Currently, he teaches master level nurses through Central Methodist University. He has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for seven years in both family practice and dermatology.

A family nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed additional training beyond that of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams and ordering tests for interpretation.

Nurse practitioners can provide a diagnosis and recommendations for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases within their scope of practice and provide appropriate treatment for patients, including prescribing medications. In this role, Crouse can serve as a patient's primary health care provider.

Similar to all medical professions, the core philosophy of the field is individualized care that focuses on patients' conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of patients and their families. Family nurse practitioners make prevention, wellness and patient education priorities.

Crouse is licensed to practice through the state of Missouri. According to annual statistics, 40 percent of patients seen at Piggott Community Hospital are residents of Missouri.

Crouse and his wife, Tammy, have been married 14 years.

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