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A calling to care: CRNP reflects on career during Nurse Practitioner Week

November 14, 2020

Recognizing Nurse Practitioner Week

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Since she was a teenager, Stacie Beaver, CRNP has been caring for the community where she lived. Volunteering her time as a nursing assistant for a few hours at night after school, Beaver knew that her calling was to care.

Since she was a teenager, Stacie Beaver, CRNP has been caring for the community where she lived. Volunteering her time as a nursing assistant for a few hours at night after school, Beaver knew that her calling was to care.

Since she was a teenager, Stacie Beaver, CRNP has been caring for the community where she lived. Volunteering her time as a nursing assistant for a few hours at night after school, Beaver knew that her calling was to care.

To answer that calling, Beaver sold her television to get enough money to sit for the LPN, Licensed Practicing Nurse, exam. After that, she worked as a registered nurse in the hospital setting before continuing her education to become a certified registered nurse practitioner.

“Being a nurse practitioner has allowed me to use my prior experience as a nurse to assess and care for the whole person,” said Beaver. “Seeing patients in the office for routine care has given me a rewarding opportunity to for relationships with my patients for treatment of common medical conditions or management of chronic illness.”

This week is recognized as Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to highlight the contributions Nurse Practitioners make to the WellSpan team and how they expertly care for the communities they serve.

“I have a passion for educating my patients and encouraging healthy lifestyles,” said Beaver. “If they need extra time in the office, I will take care of them, they are not just a time slot.”

In the office, Beaver works collaboratively with the entire clinical team to care for patients.

“I think a common misconception is that to receive care in the office, people think they need to see a doctor,” said Beaver. “With an environment of collaboration in our office, I prescribe, diagnose and assist patients with chronic disease management every day.”

Decades into her career, Stacie recently joined the team at WellSpan Family Medicine in The Patrick O’Donnell Pavilion, Chambersburg. She says the team, WellSpan, and the community “feels like home” and is looking forward to caring for her patients in Franklin County.

“I have a passion for caring for the elderly population and those who may be suffering from addiction issues” said Beaver. “I take great care in helping them and being that support person for them if they need it, but also enabling them and empowering them to get additional help through some of our community resources.”

Beaver is now accepting new patients