Mary Sebas, FNP, a family nurse practitioner at the Target Clinic in Champlin, talks about her job. She discusses why she became a nurse practitioner, what a typical workday is like, and how her role fits into the bigger healthcare picture.
Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
At 9 a.m., parents want their child checked for an ear infection, strep or influenza that may need treatment or be contagious. I review lab results from the previous 38 hours twice daily. The medical assistant who registers patients prints negative-culture letters while I contact patients who have abnormal lab results. Patients filter in throughout the day with after-school and work peaks until we close at 8 p.m.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger healthcare picture?
We're on the front line in retail health, being accessible and more affordable than urgent care or the emergency room. Our clinic is more cost effective for guests' time and their pocketbooks. We address guests' concerns expeditiously, getting them back to work or school promptly.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
I interact with numerous people, including customer relations, store management, Target and community pharmacy staff, patients, families and their primary care clinics, especially when a guest requires follow-up care.
Q: Why did you become a family nurse practitioner?
My healthcare provider throughout college was a nurse practitioner who helped me find a graduate program for family primary care.
Q: What do you like about your work?
Target is such a great place to work. The corporation offers flexible, family oriented scheduling and streamlined patient care with best practice as a priority. My colleagues are dedicated, energetic and enthusiastic. I enjoy the camaraderie. Having been in family practice for 25 years and I feel I'm finally having an impact on providing access to cost-effective care that's of excellent quality.