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Mark Merrill, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC
Clinical Assistant Professor
I currently teach undergraduate nursing fundamentals, leadership, pharmacology, and pediatrics. I really enjoy investing in and developing students in the clinical setting and helping students connect nursing theory with practice while also drawing from their previous experiences and knowledge.
I work as a pediatric nurse practitioner work with a pediatric urgent care group.
I serve families with clients from birth to aged 21 year.
When working in clinic, I am usually the sole provider and treat between 30 and 50 clients. Viral illness, upper respiratory infections, allergies, rashes, and injuries top the list of common parent concerns.
Evidence-based practice (EBP)is the foundation of my clinical practice. I use up-to-date healthcare databases, Medical and Nursing journals, and apps to remain current.
I am interested in building teams, defining team-member roles, and promoting top-of-practice to foster team comradery, individual competence, and work-flow efficiency.
I am committed to growing my knowledge and expertise in pediatric urgent care environment.
I suspect that most will agree that it is not surprising that urgent care throughput has increased as a result of COVID-19 and disruptions in primary care business models. In addition, telehealth has gained momentum since social distancing policies were implemented.
My clinical practice allows me to maintain my provider certification and skills, teach aspiring nurse practitioners, deliver cost-effective health care, lead clinical teams, and promote CCN within the community.