Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing hosted a luncheon in honor of National Nurse Practitioner Week. The school welcomed local nurse practitioners as guests and featured a presentation over the role of a nurse practitioner (NP) in health care and awards ceremony.
Melanie Richburg, DNP, R.N., FNP-C, family nurse practitioner at Lynn County Hospital District Family Wellness Clinic, was the guest speaker. Richburg’s message emphasized the significance of rural health and the work of nurse practitioners in advancing health care. Richburg focused on the critical importance of nurse practitioners in rural health communities.
The event concluded with Mercedes Day, MSN, FNP-C, chair of publicity committee for the South Plains Nurse Practitioner Association (SPNPA) and NP for Texas Tech Physicians – Pediatrics, presenting Kay Hatton, APRN, MSN, RDMS, with the 2014 SPNPA Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award.