A new medical diagnosis can result in a struggle to understand what it entails.
“What is this medication and why take it at that particular time of day? Diet restrictions too, regular labs and other preventive appointments, how will I manage my day-to-day life?” questions the overwhelmed patient. This is where the RN specialists at Affinity Medical Group help to support patients and their caregivers.
Rachel Schroeder, RN, CHPN wears multiple hats at Affinity Medical Group-Kiel including the important role of patient educator providing the extra support needed for patients to maintain optimal health. Schroeder came to the clinic in July with 20 years of nursing experience including work both as a home health nurse and as a certified hospice and palliative care nurse (CHPN). Her years of practice in comforting patients and their families have been an asset in her work at the Kiel clinic.
“Here at Affinity Medical Group-Kiel I work alongside Dr. Hetzner and Nurse Practitioner Mary Reszczynski, providing joint patient visits and individual appointments. I work with high risk patients, those that have heart disease, lung disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. I spend time with patients who were recently discharged from an inpatient facility and those who are at risk for hospital readmissions or have frequent emergency department visits. These patients