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Colorado Area Health Education Center, University of Colorado Denver

Health Professions Scholarship

Maria L. Barnes

Maria L. Barnes

Nurse Practitioner
Colorado State University – Pueblo

Maria, a scholarship recipient in 2008, has been working full-time as a Nurse Practitioner in the Custer County Clinic since her graduation in December 2009. During that time she has passed her certification for Family Nurse Practitioner and soon will take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner test. She is also accruing hours toward obtaining prescriptive authority. She has seen the number of patients served grow in the past year. Initially she saw only a handful of patients per day, but now she averages 16 to 20. The previous Nurse Practitioner had quit just before Maria was able to begin working. “I think they might still be looking for someone if I hadn’t been available because the area is so remote,” she said. She has been working with pharmaceutical companies to provide free samples for clients who cannot afford prescriptions. Pharmaceutical representatives don’t serve the area because it is so remote. Maria has been able to get some samples and plans to continue her efforts in this area.

Looking toward the future, she plans to continue to grow in her profession, to stay in Westcliffe, Colorado and keep up with the “Standards of Care” so that the residents of her area are able to receive the same standard of care as any other community.

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