SWVA Today, a news source located in southwest Virginia, published an article discussing recent nursing school graduate Andrea Rupe's new career as a nurse practitioner. According to the media outlet, Rupe has excelled in this position and considers her job a "calling."
Rupe earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Virginia-based university. While in graduate school, she worked at the Fort Chiswell Medical Center and specialized in family medicine. She just recently began practicing at the Brock Hughes Free Clinic in Wytheville, where she was recruited to replace retiree Kyndal Beavers.
At the Free Clinic, Rupe typically treats between 15 and 20 uninsured patients each day. These individuals range in age from 18 to 64, and often suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular issues. According to the Physicians for a National Health Program, close to one-third of individuals lacking health insurance suffer from similar debilitating conditions.
"Andrea is very efficient," Karen Brooks, the executive director of the clinic, commented to the news source. "She listens. The feedback from the patients is that they really like her. They say she listens to them and they can feel her concern."