Civilian and military personnel in the Fort McCoy community
needing medical treatment support will benefit from additional job
responsibilities being assumed by the installation's Occupational
Health Nursing Office (OHNO) nurse.
Barb Stafslien, a certified nurse
practitioner for OHNO, helps a customer fit ear plugs at the
Health and Wellness Fair.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Stafslien, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner has been
functioning in a registered nurse (RN)
only capacity at OHNO. The Fort Knox, Ky., Medical Department
Activity (MEDDAC), has credentialed her to allow her to
perform nurse practitioner duties.
Before the most-recent change, OHNO only could provide basic
services for civilian employees, such as vision and blood-pressure
New employees, fire, police and childcare personnel who needed
complete physicals had to go to TMC. Now, OHNO can provide these
services under the new agreement.
Stafslien initially was employed as a nurse practitioner at the
Troop Medical Clinic (TMC).
"I enjoyed seeing all family members," Stafslien
said. "When TRICARE Remote (healthcare system) was enacted,
family members were no longer seen at TMC so I took the RN position at
TMC has become so busy taking care of mobilizing and
demobilizing Soldiers that permanent-party Soldiers at Fort McCoy, at
times, don't have timely access to medical services.
Stafslien will have hours in the Soldier Readiness Center two
days a week to provide Post Deployment Health Reassessments and
Periodic Health Assessments. If necessary, Stafslien also will support
the medical needs of mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers.
"This will help free up providers at TMC to provide
services to these Soldiers," Stafslien said.
Stafslien will continue working with a number of installation
boards, including the workers' compensation program and the childcare
program, to support their medical needs.
"The workers compensation program (which includes OHNO,
the Installation Safety Office and the Civilian Advisory Personnel
Center meets monthly to
manage all inquiries to get people back to work," Stafslien said.
"Now that I can function in my provider capacity,
personnel can be evaluated in a more timely manner allowing them to
return to work
sooner," she said.
As a nurse practitioner, Stafslien noted there are treatments,
procedures and testing that the OHNO will not be capable of providing.
In those instances, some personnel will be referred to their
healthcare providers for medical treatment and follow-up.
Because OHNO basically is a two-person office, with one of
those positions being administrative, personnel also may find
themselves being referred to their healthcare providers for treatment
in the event that Stafslien is out of the office and providing
services/support to other groups.
For more information about OHNO services available at Fort
McCoy, federal civilian personnel can call the office at (608)
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