JeanAnn Schwark, the owner of Serenity Women’s Care, is a native Arizonan. She has been in clinical practice for over 32 years. For the past 12 years, she has been a Nurse Practitioner exclusively in Women’s Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology. JeanAnn is known not only for her clinical expertise, but also for her soft voice, gentle approach, and compassionate manner with women of all ages, races and cultures, and life situations. She also has a fabulous sense of humor!
JeanAnn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York at Albany, and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Arizona State University. She completed a Post-Graduate Certification as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Phoenix. She is Nationally Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. JeanAnn has completed extensive advanced training in Gynecology, OB, and Hormone management. During her many years of clinical practice, JeanAnn has been a guest lecturer in schools of nursing, and a Clinical Instructor. Currently, she continues to mentor Graduate Nurse Practitioner students from several universities, and clinical rotations with her are booked up over a year in advance! She is also a sought-after public speaker for both professional and community audiences. Over the years, JeanAnn has won numerous awards for her clinical excellence, and her work has been awarded funding by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
JeanAnn is an energetic mother of 5 now-adult children, ages 31 down to 17, (1 great son, then 4 strong women)! She is a grandmother of six darling grandchildren. JeanAnn is a passionate advocate for the health and welfare of women and children both here in the U. S. and in the global community of nations. She spends her time and resources supporting organizations that promote maternal and child health, family planning, orphan care, and the eradication of preventable disease, HIV and poverty, especially in the developing world.
“Finally! A Doctor-type who doesn’t talk down to you or act like they know everything and you know nothing. JeanAnn gives you lots of information but lets you make the decisions. No ‘My way or the Highway’ with her!” Mrs. S.B.
“JeanAnn got my hormones regulated and I feel better than I’ve felt in years! I’m back at the gym and I have loads of energy. The hot flashes are gone and my husband really notices the difference!” Mrs. D.S.
A Nurse Practitioner, NP, is a highly educated health care provider who approaches health and illness, care and cure, from the unique perspective of the nursing profession. While an NP is a Registered Nurse, RN, her/his education far surpasses the level required for RN licensure. To practice as an NP, the most advanced level of nursing, a nurse must have a Doctorate or a Master’s degree in nursing, complete an educational program in a clinical specialty, and successfully pass a national certification exam in that specialty. NPs are required to continue their educations and recertify periodically to maintain a high level of excellence.
In practical terms, an NP may work very much like an MD. She will conduct a history and physical exam on a patient, order and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests, develop a treatment plan, prescribe necessary medications, perform needed procedures, and conduct ongoing follow-up and treatment management with the patient. An NP may be a Primary Care Provider, PCP, or practice in one of many clinical specialties. She may work with physicians or work in her own practice. She may work in an office/clinic, hospital, emergency department, critical care or community setting.
What sets an NP apart is the emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and the well-being of the patient as a whole person. An NP, then, treats a person, not merely a disease. She will partner with her patient in managing health concerns. This is done not by just handing out a quick prescription while rushing out of the exam room, but with time spent listening, educating, counseling, and finding solutions.
Many years of published research have demonstrated the importance of NPs as healthcare providers, especially in the changing healthcare landscape. These studies have shown that NPs provide care that is equal to, or in some cases superior to, that of MDs with regard to quality, safety and effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.
Medical science and technology are advancing in ways that are hard to even comprehend. Physicians are moving into ever more complex, specialized roles, practicing at their very highest levels. In this rapidly changing environment, Nurse Practitioners are emerging as the healthcare providers of choice for many patients, meeting the needs for primary care and specialty care.