He earned his RN degree from Iowa Central Community College in 1996 and had been working at CRMC, but he wanted to expand his medical knowledge and take a chance on his own professional development. In 2005, Doyle made the decision to become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.
An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed specific advanced nursing education (generally a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as complex medical conditions.
ARNPs provide a broad range of health care services. They treat both acute and chronic conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams and ordering tests and therapies for patients within their scope of practice. An ARNP can serve as a patient's "point of entry" health care provider and can see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care.
The first step in the process for Doyle was to get his BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the University of Iowa in 2006. Right after he received his BSN, Doyle started the ARNP program at Creighton University, which he completed in May of 2008.
After successfully completing the ARNP program, Doyle's primary role at CRMC is "first call" three nights a week in the ER. The addition of Doyle to cover these shifts has allowed CRMC physicians Dr. Parker, Dr. Rice and Dr. VandeLune to spend more time with their families while remaining available for consultation. Doyle is also available to work at Cherokee Regional Clinic while providers are on vacation or out of the office.
"I have a unique opportunity to serve the community I grew up in. CRMC and the entire Cherokee community have supported my educational pursuits and I am grateful for that," says Kruger. "The field of medicine is a dynamic process and CRMC is consistently developing and growing in its efforts to remain on the cutting edge. I look forward to my future here in Cherokee and at CRMC."
The physicians at CRMC are pleased to have Doyle on board providing another vital link in the chain of health care. "I worked with Doyle for many years when he was an ER Nurse and now as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner," says Dr. Tim Rice. "The physicians at CRMC have assisted in his training and are very confident in his abilities as an ARNP. We look forward to working with Doyle in his new role."