Nurses on the Frontlines: Mariah Taylor

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Mariah A. Taylor, RN, MSN, CPNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Portland, OR

I work at a safety net clinic that serves lower-income uninsured and underinsured people. I became the primary care provider for a patient who was referred because he lacked insurance and money and couldn’t be seen in other settings. He had wounds that had gone unattended. I cleaned up his wounds, which I discovered were more than “skin deep.” He had osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone and bone marrow) and could barely walk into the clinic without support. I arranged to have him seen for the diabetic condition at a local health clinic for the uninsured. It was fortunate that our clinic saw him immediately to stabilize his diabetic condition.  He was provided with a free monitor, but the cost of test strips was prohibitive. His condition is improving because we orchestrated his care and provided needed supplies.

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