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Bengal Health Chat about the Roles of Nurse Practitioners

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In this month's episode of Bengal Health Chat, Dean Teresa Connor welcomes Dr. Melody Weaver from ISU’s School of Nursing to talk about her journey of becoming an NP. They also discuss the future for the profession and the role nurse practitioners play in Bannock County, Idaho, and in the US.

Nurse practitioners are providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care and are a great choice for primary, acute and specialty care. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 325,000 strong, with 1401 in Idaho and 75 in Bannock County. Nationally, 25,000 NP students graduate each year. Full practice authority for NPs began with Idaho being the first state in the nation, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care professionals.

Bengal Health Chat, sponsored by the College of Health at Idaho State University encompasses all things related to health for Idaho and beyond in a short monthly broadcast. Hosted by Teresa Conner, dean for the ISU College of Health, Bengal Health Chat airs the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on KISU-FM. Bengal Health Chat brings you relevant information from engaging health professionals who share their expertise on a wide variety of health related topics including health professions education for ISU students, health solutions for Idahoans and emerging technologies impacting the world of health and wellness. The show brings focus to the synergy between each of these areas and how they ultimately impact our entire communities.

Teresa Conner, dean for the College of Health at Idaho State University oversees College of Health administration and operations through facilitating strategic and facilities planning. Conner also supports a robust research profile, promotes faculty development in teaching, scholarship, and service, as well as builds and maintains collaborative relationships within the COH, community organizations, business and industry, civic and government, and educational systems.