Rachel Dube is a registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in acute and chronic pain. She has several years of experience in providing medical management to promote pain relief and quality of life. Rachel completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, pain assessment, and assisting with rehabilitation. Rachel’s years of experience combined with her compassionate nature allow her to provide patients with the highest level of care they expect and deserve.
Rachel is married and has three beautiful children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors. Camping, hiking, and fishing are some of her favorite activities. You can often find her in a bookstore searching for old and interesting books, or the latest bestsellers, as she loves to read. She’s not afraid to use her hands either, woodworking and helping her husband with his current “hot rod” project are some of her favorite hobbies.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a licensed, autonomous clinician who focuses on managing people’s health conditions and preventing diseases. All NP’s have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation and have either a master’s degree or doctorate degree. Work experience as a nurse gives them a special approach in providing care, while their advanced studies as NP provide them the capability to carry on similar tasks as physicians.
Yes, they can prescribe medications; how they can prescribe medications is regulated by the state.
There are numerous specialties for nurse practitioners; the most popular specializations are listed below:
- Pain Management
- Acute Care
- Family Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Emergency Medicine
To be recognized as an expert health care provider, a nurse practitioner must undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer reviews, and clinical outcome evaluations.
A nurse practitioner brings a unique perspective to a medical practice in that they place an importance on not just the care, but also the cure. They place a focus on the patient and provide health promotion and health education for their patients. This unique approach to healthcare guides patients in making smarter lifestyle choices, thus helping the patient to reduce their overall medical costs.