A nurse practitioner is a registered professional nurse (RN) with advanced educational and clinical preparation beyond the baccalaureate degree. The professional role blends the nursing skills of counseling and health education with the medical skills of diagnosis and treatment. The nurse practitioners at the University Health Service (UHS) work in a collaborative practice with the UHS physicians in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating health and illness concerns. In New York State, nurse practitioners (NP's) are licensed by the state and granted legal authority to prescribe medications and write prescriptions.
The University Health Service nurse practitioners provide primary care, women's health care, and/or mental health care services. All full -time students are assigned a nurse practitioner or a physician as their primary care provider (PCP) when they enter the University.
Carolyn Barry, MS, ANP, APRN-BC, Adult Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Barry has been a nurse practitioner at the University Health Service since July 1, 1991. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University in 1983 and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester in 1990. Her practice includes general primary care and women's health. Ms. Barry is board certified.
Brenda Cooley, MS, FNP, APRN-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Cooley joined the UHS staff in 1987 as a registered nurse. Upon completing her Master of Science at St. John Fisher College in May 2003, she began working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UHS. Ms. Cooley is board certified and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
Theodora (Dorrie) Paine, MS, ANP, APRN-BC, Adult Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Paine joined the University Health Service in June 2011. She received an AAS from Monroe Community College and her Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Ms. Paine has 24 years of experience in Infectious Disease, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. Ms. Paine is board certified and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
Lisa Dube-Whitehair, MS, WHCNP, APRN-BC, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Dube-Whitehair joined UHS in February 2011. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, her MS in Women's Health Care from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and the Health Care Leadership Certificate Program from the University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. Ms. Dube-Whitehair is board certified and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
Lorraine Ndusha, MS, NPP, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Ndusha will be leaving the University Health Service on May 2, 2013. Ms. Ndusha has shared her parting thoughts in a letter to her patients.
Susan Walworth, MS, FNP, APRN-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Walworth joined the UHS staff in 1989 after practicing in Pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital. She earned a B.S. in Nursing at Nazareth College, a Master of Science in Nursing from St. John Fisher College, and holds a Certification in College Health Nursing. She has a special interest in healthcare for musicians. Ms. Walworth is board certified and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
Terri Winter, MS, WHCNP, APRN-BC, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Winter joined UHS in January 2002. She worked in the OB/GYN Outpatient Department of the University of Rochester Medical Center prior to joining UHS. Ms. Winter received her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate from the University of Rochester in 1995 and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration, also from the University of Rochester, in 1994. Ms. Winter is board certified and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.