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Clinic Welcomes Adult Nurse Practitioner

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014


Rhonda Mose, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Rhonda Mose, APRN-CNP, did not have to travel far to find a home at Mercy Health/Love County.
Since late March, the Carter County resident has been seeing patients five days a week in the medical clinic adjacent to the hospital.
“She is adding patients and developing a following,” said Rural Health Clinic Director Connie Barker.
Mose’s special interest is in adult patients (age 13 and older), especially senior citizens.
“I feel connected to the older population. I like to treat chronic diseases and manage the medical care of older people.” Mose said.
She trained under Pat Owens, APRN-CNP, in the clinic in 2013 while completing her master of nursing degree and sitting for board examinations.
Mose is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who is licensed to practice as a certified nurse practitioner (CNP).
She assesses, diagnoses, and manages patient problems, orders tests, and prescribes medications.
Appointments are accepted by calling the clinic at 276-2400.
Oklahoma’s 1,200 APRNs work under supervision, and Mose’s supervisor is Dr. Stephen Hutchins, medical director.
She’s thoroughly local. “I graduated from Plainview High School, and my husband, Joseph, and I and our two daughters, Rebekah, age 11, and Abigail, age 3, live south of Ardmore,” Mose said.
“I’m a small town girl. I like the family atmosphere of the clinic and the caring community. Marietta has a quality place with all the medical services right here: x-rays, laboratory, hospital, and modern medical technology. I like the connection to the Mercy system and the faith-based background. I’m proud to be part of this,” Mose said.
She expressed gratitude to the clinical and office staff for their help as she started.
“Everyone has been good to me. I don’t have to look far for answers. My office nurse is Teresa Steen, and she is excellent.”
Mose entered the nursing field in 2002 as an LPN in the office of Dr. Robert Patzkowsky in Ardmore. Immediately, she aspired to higher goals.
“Once I entered nursing, I had the dream to become a nurse practitioner,” Mose said.
It took 10 more years and two universities, but the people of Love County are now the beneficiaries of her hard work and study.
Mose received the Communities in Foundation for Nursing Scholarship to study for a bachelor of nursing degree at the University of Oklahoma and qualify as a registered nurse (RN). She graduated with honors in 2006.
From 2004-2012 she worked in Ardmore as a hospice nurse, but with a brief two-year break to engage in hospital and home health nursing.
She pursued a master of nursing degree in the off-campus curriculum of the University of Cincinnati, graduating with honors in 2013.
Mose also completed scholarly research.
Her article, “Strategies for Reducing the Hospital Admission Rates of Heart Failure Patients,” will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
She plays the piano at church – with flair, as she is a classically trained pianist since the age of 12.
Mose holds a bachelor of science in kinesiology and biology from East Central University (1996).
With that degree, she contemplated applying to physical therapy school but chose, instead, to work a few years in preparation for entering nursing school and beginning the climb to the top.
Rhonda (Burdick) Mose graduated in the top 10% of her class from Plainview High School in 1991.
She was honored as the Ryonis Club student of the month and Junior Rotarian student of the month as a senior.
She is a member of the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Oklahoma Association of Nurse Practitioners.