Meet Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Amelia Hendrickson
The Arthritis Center of Lexington is pleased to have Amelia Hendrickson, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), on staff with us and to introduce you to her. She comes to us with an extensive educational background that began with earning her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2005. She obtained this credential from Southeast Community College located in Cumberland, Kentucky. Three years later, she obtained her Master’s in Nursing this time from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Amelia Hendrickson has worked as a women’s health and primary care nurse practitioner for the past ten years.
Understanding the Role of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
This high-level credential means that a person has first earned a registered nurse (RN) credential and then went on to obtain post-graduate training in the field of nursing. Specifically, an APRN can perform the following functions:
Patient assessment and planning for care
Implementation of patient care plans
Diagnosis of patients with a wide range of health conditions
Evaluation of a patient’s treatment method and ability to change course if necessary
Although APRNs such as Amelia Hendrickson can work in the capacity of a specialist or generalist, they possess a high degree of experience and skill that they bring into relationships with patients. Nurse practitioners form close relationships with their patients to help them achieve the best possible health outcomes. This is especially critical when managing a chronic health condition like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Someone with training as an APRN makes patient care decisions on evidence-based medicine.
Interview with Amelia Hendrickson, APRN
We hope this recent interview with Amelia Hendrickson will help you get to know her better.
What was the "beginning" for you - what was your impetus to go down the path to Rheumatology? I started down the path to Rheumatology because of a personal history of medical issues. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and was looking for a career change.
What is the hardest part of your job? The hardest part of my job is the diverse patient needs.
What is the easiest part of your job? The easiest part of her my job is when a patient is responding to treatment and doing well.
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I like to volunteer at church, spend time with family and vacation in Disney.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone struggling with pain who has not yet seen a rheumatologist for it, what would it be? Get a referral as soon as possible to minimize joint damage.
Talk to your doctor today about how specialized rheumatology care can help you get back to the life you love. We’re currently accepting referrals for new patients at the Arthritis Center of Lexington.