The complex role of an Advanced Practice nurse demands a flexible and compassionate individual, and Distinguished Clinical Nurse Specialist LuAnn Greiner is just what the doctor ordered.
Greiner was among four nurses presented the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) during a banquet dinner held at Monona Terrace in early November. The APP award recognizes the service and leadership of credentialed, non-physician providers who practice at UW Health.
Greiner is a role model and mentor to her colleagues, nurses, and students. Her diverse clinical expertise, keen focus, and caring bedside manner all contribute to outstanding patient care.
“The role of an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is really varied. We see both inpatients and outpatients, and we help with procedures and consult with the patient prior to each procedure,” said Greiner. “This is very different from a traditional nursing role.”
Listening to patients’ clinical concerns, coordinating care, and educating patients on procedures all fall under the purview of the APN.
Greiner has worked assiduously to create several successful programs in Interventional Radiology, moving from a purely procedural service to a well-established clinical service. She has developed an IR Clinic, Pediatric Vascular Malformation Clinic, and maintained several collaborative relationships with IT and Health Link to develop protocols, order sets, and streamlined processes for patient care.
LuAnn demonstrates a refreshing degree of enthusiasm in her role, and is committed to high standards of practice and professional education.