Clayton Ridge graduate hired at Cornerstone Family Practice
By Molly Moser
On Aug. 12, Amber Lewis, ARNP, arrived for her first day of work at Cornerstone Family Practice. Lewis graduated from Clayton Ridge High School in 2007 and received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dubuque in 2010. She studied at Clarke College for her Master’s of Science, completing that program in 2012.
“For the last year, I was down by Peoria, Ill., in an internal medicine office,” says Lewis. She decided to return to Guttenberg for the position at Cornerstone, she says, “Due to the family atmosphere and how supportive the other staff are.” Lewis is set to begin seeing patients at 8:20 a.m., a full 40 minutes before appointments are typically scheduled. “This is an advantage to people who need to be seen earlier,” she explains.
Lewis is an advanced registered nurse practitioner, which means she can see patients for their normal office visits and prescribe medication. According to the Iowa Board of Nursing, an ARNP may practice independently or have a collaborative agreement with physicians. A list of services and functions that may be performed by an ARNP, as provided by the Iowa Board of Nursing, includes but is not limited to: Obtaining patient histories, performing physicals, diagnosing, ordering tests and treatments of care, educating and counseling patients and family, maintaining hospital privileges, and promoting health maintenance.
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