When Shannon Slagter considered her future career, she knew the medical field would be part of it.
“I like to care for others,” she said.
That passion led Slagter to pursue a degree as a nurse, and so the New London-Spicer native earned a nursing degree and spent seven years helping people.
However, for Slagter, that was not enough.
So, she went back to school to add to her credentials, and ultimately earned a masters degree as a nurse practitioner from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks.
According to Slagter, a nurse practitioner is different than a nurse in that she is able to see patients and to diagnose their ailments and subsequently prescribe medications to help them out.
The advanced practice capacity Slagter is able to now do is benefitting the people in the Redwood area, as she has joined the staff at Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) in Redwood Falls.
As a nurse practitioner, Slagter works closely with a family physician at the local facility.
She currently has been working with Dr. Josh Friese, who has consulted with her as she offers diagnoses to patients.
In addition, Slagter has been working through the Redwood Area Hospital hospice program in conjunction with Dr. Michelle Cilek.
Slagter said she has very much appreciated the guidance and collegial assistance she has already been afforded by working with these two local physicians.
As a nurse practitioner, Slagter said she specializes in geriatrics, adding she also focuses on physical and developmental disabilities.
“Everyone has some passion,” she said. “I guess this is mine.”
Slagter officially started her new role at the Redwood Falls facility Nov. 20 and is currently traveling from Willmar where she resides to Redwood Falls every day.
Slagter also expressed appreciation for her nurse, Lynn, adding she has really helped her learn the ropes.
“Lynn was Dr. Nelson’s nurse, so she knew a lot about what is going on here, and that has really been a big help for me,” said Slagter, adding she is seeing quite a few of Dr. Nelson’s patients.
Slagter is married and has two children, a daughter, who is 18, and a son, 13.
She said things have been going very well so far in her new role, and she said she is looking forward to getting to know the community and its people as she continues to serve in her ACMC role. She added continuing her medical education is a possibility in the future.
To set up an appointment with Slagter, who is at ACMC Monday through Friday, call (507) 697-6650.