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Nikki Barker, APRN-FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Nikki Barker, APRN-FNP, has returned to her roots to begin a career as a primary care provider in the clinic of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital. Barker grew up in Marietta and graduated with the high school Class of 2006.
The Family Nurse Practitioner began seeing patients in December 2019. “My duties in the clinic are to treat patients from age 0 to elderly,” Barker said, adding, “I feel blessed to be here in this community, in this role, and working alongside the people who helped raise me. It’s an honor.”
One of the clinic’s providers, Patricia Owens, has been particularly influential. “Pat’s the reason I became a Family Nurse Practitioner,” Barker said. “I’ve known her since I was a baby, and after working in the emergency room and being a nurse, I wanted to be able to do more in medicine and that meant becoming a nurse practitioner like Pat. She’s an inspiration and has touched so many people in her years here, it is just surreal to me to be working alongside her now.”
Barker also paid tribute to Director of Nursing Marie Ross as her guide and mentor in bedside nursing.
Other good vibes for medicine have come from Barker’s parents, Richard and Connie, who have served the hospital and clinic since the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. And, Nikki’s younger sister, Alise, is in the family profession, too, as a registered nurse in Ardmore.
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