Jessica Skomp at CCCH as nurse practitioner student
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Jessica Skomp is familiar with the halls of Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH). However, she’s seeing them from a different perspective now, as a nurse practitioner student.
Skomp has been employed by CCCH since 2006, first as a ward clerk, then a Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse.
Now she is completing a 450-hour rotation as a student through the University of Northern Colorado.
Skomp will graduate in May following three and one-half years of study, receiving her degree in Family Nurse Practice.
During her rotation Skomp will try to gain as much experience as she can. “I want to see patients through their life span,” she explained.
Pediatric patients and health promotion and prevention are several of her favorite areas.
“Little kids are so resilient and fun, and they’re right out there,” she explained.
She is primarily seeing patients under Dr. Jon Richman, but also works with Nurse Practitioner Brandy Hanes and Physicians Assistant Jodi Spady.
“It’s nice because if one has something interesting they can pull me” in on it, giving her a well-rounded experience.
Skomp has always wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but really enjoyed being a nurse.
Caring for patients is important to her. “It’s often their greatest time of need, and I can provide the care needed.”
She and husband Chance live near Lamar and have a three-year old son, Canton.