Dominican Life Center resident has the option of choosing a physician
or a nurse practitioner as her primary care provider. A nurse practitioner
is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience,
which enables him or her to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic
illnesses, either independently or as part of a health care team. Nurse
practitioners order and interpret laboratory tests, radiological tests,
EKGs, and other tests, and refer patients to specialists as needed. They
are fully licensed and board-certified.
Spanbauer, OP, ministers as the nurse practitioner for the DLC. She sees
residents twice a week in the conveniently located clinic on the first
floor of the center, which is fully equipped with the latest medical technology.
In addition to treating residents, Sister Sharon conducts physicals for
new Adrian Dominican co-workers, serves as a resource for nursing personnel,
and acts as a consultant for DLC residents who have other primary care
of the advantages to having Sister Sharon as a primary care provider is
that she has the gift of time that many physicians don't have she
schedules 45 minutes with each resident to ensure that her health care
concerns are addressed.
outreach nurse is available for all DLC residents living within the continuum
where a nurse is not on-call at all times (Regina, and Maria 1st and 2nd
floors). The outreach nurse is available to answer questions, or to assess
a resident and consult her primary care provider. She schedules tests,
administers medications and provides treatments as ordered. The Outreach
Clinic assists residents, as needed, to organize medications so that they
may be taken appropriately. The Outreach Clinic is not only a convenience,
but helps our more independent residents to stay healthy.
Also available is the Foot Clinic, where DLC residents can
receive pedicures (including foot soak and massage) by appointment.
Nurse Practitioner: Sister Sharon
Outreach Clinic: Karen Louisignau