Eubanks, FNP, joins North­west Health Ur­gent Care staff

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - By Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal

Tori Eubanks, FNP, re­cently joined the staff at North­west Health Ur­gent Care in Siloam Springs, now open seven days a week, and is avail­able to see pa­tients.

As a fam­ily nurse prac­ti­tioner (FNP), Eubanks is na­tion­ally cer­ti­fied to man­age the care of pa­tients across the life­span. Eubanks noted her past ex­pe­ri­ence as an ER nurse fu­eled her de­sire to work in an ur­gent care set­ting.

“Be­fore get­ting my nurse prac­ti­tioner de­gree, I was an ER nurse and I pre­vi­ously worked in in­ter­nal medicine as a nurse prac­ti­tioner,” Eubanks said. “I re­al­ized that I missed the fast paced en­vi­ron­ment of acute care while work­ing in in­ter­nal medicine. I like that I never know what may walk through the door in ur­gent care. I also like that I can still make con­nec­tions with pa­tients and may wind up tak­ing care of the en­tire fam­ily. Ur­gent care com­bines all my fa­vorite parts of work­ing as an ad­vanced prac­ti­tioner.

“My fa­vorite part of my job is know­ing I can make an im­me­di­ate dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life,” she said. “Peo­ple don’t come in to ur­gent care when they feel good, but it’s my goal that they leave feel­ing bet­ter, re­as­sured and on their way back to health. I also re­ally en­joy when I can ed­u­cate a pa­tient or their fam­ily mem­ber about a di­ag­no­sis or a health prob­lem.”

Orig­i­nally from Spring­dale, Eubanks re­ceived her masters of sci­ence de­gree in nurs­ing from Ge­orge­town Univer­sity.

“I’m orig­i­nally from North­west Arkansas but just moved back after hav­ing lived in North Car­olina. I’m happy to be back in the Ozarks and closer to my fam­ily,” she said. “I’m also newly en­gaged and very ex­cited about this new chap­ter of my life. In my free time I en­joy gardening, trav­el­ing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, try­ing new res­tau­rants and play­ing with my three dogs.”

As flu sea­son is be­gin­ning, Eubanks of­fered sev­eral sug­ges­tions on how to pro­tect against the virus.

“First off, get a flu shot be­fore flu sea­son is sup­posed to start,” she said. “Hand­wash­ing is very im­por­tant at any time, but par­tic­u­larly when flu sea­son comes around. Fi­nally, if you think you have the flu, don’t wait too long to seek care. The treat­ment for in­fluenza is most ef­fec­tive when started within 48-72 hours after symp­toms be­gin.”

If your fam­ily needs care that is quick and con­ve­nient North­west Health Ur­gent Care in Siloam Springs is close by to help treat every­thing from sore throats to bro­ken bones 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon­days-Satur­days and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun­days. No ap­point­ment needed. Visit MyNorth­west­Any­ to check in on­line or call 479-215-3080 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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