National Emergency & Acute Care Nurse’s Day
National Emergency & Acute Care Nurse’s Day on the second Wednesday in October recognizes the dedication of ER & acute care nurses across the nation and it takes place during Emergency Nurses Week. Today we thank our acute care nurses for their hard work, dedication, service, and commitment. Please enjoy the following feature on Brenda Clarke, FNP-C who practices at our Memorial Clinic.
Acute Care Nurse, Brenda Clarke, FNP-C
Clarke came to work at HealthPoint because she wanted to make a difference in patient’s lives. She accomplishes this goal by practicing evidenced based care and prides herself on providing a welcoming place in HealthPoint’s acute care clinic. There, patients receive convenient evaluation and treatment of their ailments and enjoy extended hours including Saturdays. Clarke said, “Many patients use our clinic as first stop for emergent reasons: asthma, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, and other things like, cold/flu, rashes, cough, and congestion.” Since March of 2020, Brenda has also overseen and administered COVID-19 tests to those in need.
Clarke’s Education & Professional Background
Clarke has been a practicing RN since 1977. She obtained her master’s degree focusing on education 1981. After completing this coursework she worked in the Medical ICU, then in hospital staff development and also became a PRN nurse at a local hospital. Clarke realized her dream of teaching when she took a position as a professor for Associate Degree of Nursing and Bachelor of Science Nursing students. She worked part-time with the Houston Community College, UT Health Science Center in Houston, and Blinn College in Bryan. Before joining HealthPoint in 2013, Clarke worked as school nurse for 10 years at College Station ISD. She loved being a school nurse but left to pursue further clinical experience and finish her Post Master’s Certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner.
Clarke is excited about the upcoming program HealthPoint has planned with Caldwell ISD. She said, “I look forward to being a part of the school nurse initiative with Caldwell ISD, and would love to be part of the expansion to College Station ISD if we are able to achieve that.”
Emergency Room & Acute Care Nurses, THANK YOU!
Emergency room and acute care nurses are the first people we see when we have an accident or a medical emergency. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain, discomfort, and provide guidance for recovery. As many doctor’s offices and clinics transitioned away from seeing sick patients in person during the height of COVID-19 Clarke and staff saw record numbers of patients. Clarke encourages patients to see their primary care providers when they are able. She knows she and her team fill a unique need in our communities. “Acute Care’s Walk in Clinic is a wonderful resource for fast, convenient and efficient care when our patients cannot get scheduled with their primary care provider” Clarke said.
Today we encourage you to let your favorite Emergency & Acute Care Nurses know just how important they are to you and all of us. Thank you for helping keep our hospitals running smoothly.