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Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing award further highlights convenient care industry

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that Take Care Clinic nurse practitioner Penny Strong has been honored by the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing is important as it further promotes and supports the convenient care industry at large.

(THE NEWS: Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing honors Take Care Clinic NP Penny Strong. For the full story, click here)

As the article states, Strong has been awarded the Marie Lindsey Spirit of Advanced Practice Nursing award for her commitment and achievement in advanced practice nursing. Among her notable achievements: Advocating for Take Care Clinics to serve as training sites for nurse practitioner students.

Nurse practitioners and retail-based health clinics currently play an important role in the U.S. healthcare system, and, looking ahead, their importance will grow. Not only is the convenient care industry on track for a second wave of expansion, but also the U.S. healthcare system will face an even greater strain as 32 million uninsured gain coverage beginning in 2014, amid an ongoing primary care physician shortage.

According to Kalorama Information’s recent report, "Retail Clinics 2011: Market Assessment, Supplier Sales, Key Players and Trends," retail clinic sales have risen dramatically since their inception in 2000. The firm estimated retail clinic sales at $733.4 million in 2010, an increase of 81% per year since 2005. Through 2015, sales are expected to continue expanding, rising by 19.3% per year to reach $1.7 billion.

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Kmart pharmacies now offering flu shots on walk-in basis

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart has announced that it is providing seasonal flu vaccinations at its more than 900 Kmart pharmacies nationwide.

In addition, members of Kmart Pharmacy’s Prescription Savings Club will pay just $20 for the flu shot. Kmart Pharmacy also offers the high-dose flu shot (indicated for those ages 65 years and older). Many prescription insurance programs cover flu shots, including Medicare Part B and D.

"Kmart Pharmacy is aligned with the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] position on preventive care, and we are well positioned to deliver the services that promote the health and wellness of patients in the communities we serve," said Ghassan Hourani, VP and general merchandise manager of Kmart Pharmacy. "At Kmart Pharmacy, our pharmacists will take the time to discuss with our patients the importance of being vaccinated, as well as practicing good health habits."

In 2012, Kmart Pharmacy will have available at each location nationwide an immunizing pharmacist who is certified by the American Pharmacists Association and authorized by the applicable state board of pharmacy to administer, where permitted by law, vaccines to customer who are ages 3 years and older.


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Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing honors Take Care Clinic NP Penny Strong

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — The Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing has recognized Penny Strong, nurse practitioner at Walgreens’ Take Care Clinic in River Forest, Ill., with its Marie Lindsey Spirit of Advanced Practice Nursing award during the Illinois Nurses Association biennial convention.

The convention was held in East Peoria, Ill., from Oct. 20 to 22. The award is named after Marie Lindsey, PhD, APN, CNP, who was the first president of ISAPN and a driving force in the pursuit of legislation to recognize APNs in Illinois. 
 


The award is given by the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing to a licensed advanced practice nurse in Illinois whom exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, commitment and achievement in advanced practice nursing. 
 
“Penny Strong is committed to the nurse practitioner role in two capacities: as a preceptor of students and as a colleague in clinical practice,” Strong’s Take Care Clinic colleague Charlie Yingling said. Strong advocated for the Take Care Clinics to serve as training sites for nurse practitioner students. 
Yingling credited Strong as the driving force behind the Take Care Clinic’s nurse practitioners move to unionize.


“When our employer made unilateral changes in the way were allowed to practice our profession, Penny was the first person to step up and say something. Following her leadership, countless other colleagues found the courage to step forward and demand a restoration of NP autonomy over the clinical practice, which eventually led to the formation of the Take Care Clinic union,” Yingling added.  

Strong ultimately led the group to seek out collective bargaining representation from the Illinois Nurses Association. Strong is on the Take Care Clinic negotiating team and president of the board.
 
Before coming to the Walgreens’ Take Care Clinic, Strong worked as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center from November 2004 to July 2007; as a registered nurse at Rush Oak Park Hospital from May 2001 to November 2004; and a nurse clinician at University Consultant in Allery and Immunology at Rush University Medical Center from August 1999 to April 2001.
 



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