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A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse that has completed advanced education in diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse Practitioners make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities. They can diagnose and treat acute illnesses, infections, and injuries, and do physical examinations. They can prescribe medications.
Our office has a physician director, Russell L. Bush, M.D., who oversees the medical decisions extended to our patients. Nurse Practitioner Pat Ward MSN., FNP-BC is available by appointment. Our nurse practitioner is also available for health care consultations by appointment during scheduled hours.
A private space is provided for nursing mothers in the Curtice-Mott Complex, room CM1146. Additional locations are available. Call (810) 762-0222 for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious and occasionally deadly disease that can cause babies to stop breathing. Often, this disease is passed from an infected adult caregiver to not yet vaccinated infants. You can help protect babies from `whooping cough by getting vaccinated. The vaccine that is recommended for adults is available in the Health Clinic.
The signs and symptoms of whooping cough
Rapid violent coughing may occur over and over again in fits or spasms until all the air is gone; then the person is forced to inhale quickly between coughs which produces a loud "whooping" sound.
If you develop a cold that includes a lengthy or prolonged severe coughing, it may be the whooping cough. It is time to see a doctor.