Advanced Vein Care of Altoona is proud to announce that Jill S. Buterbaugh has completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland.
She joined Dr. David C. Faber in 2008 as part of his general surgery practice and in 2012 joined Advanced Vein Care, where she has performed the majority of the clinic’s foam Sclerotherapy (chemical ablation) procedures.
“Furthering my education has enhanced my knowledge of how to evaluate and improve patient outcomes for the patients I serve,” said Dr. Buterbaugh, who spent four years working toward the degree.
Her DNP degree, for which she completed a clinical project that included a feasibility study and business plan to restructure a university health center into a primary care clinic, is the latest in an extensive list of medical credentials. She previously earned an associate degree in Nursing from Allegany Community College of Maryland, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a master’s degree in Nursing as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner from Widener University. She is Board Certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
In addition to her role at Advanced Vein Care, she has been since 2015 an assistant professor in the Nursing Department of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where she developed a blended Nurse Practitioner program in addition to teaching online courses.
“As a professor of Nursing at Frostburg State University terminal degrees are encouraged and required as part of the process of obtaining tenure,” said Dr. Buterbaugh, whose experience includes 32 years as an RN and 22 years as a CRNP. “Furthering my education enabled me to ensure that I am delivering quality education through the use of best-practice recommendations and theoretical foundation in my courses.”
As a direct response to the shortage of primary care providers nationally, Dr. Buterbaugh created the Family Nurse Practitioner program at FSU and developed 13 specialty courses from the ground up. Her first student-cohort will complete the program in August and includes two registered nurses from Pennsylvania, who she hopes will remain in the region to practice locally. The Institute of Medicine named Nurse Practitioners as one of the answers to the primary care shortage and research has demonstrated that Nurse Practitioners can provide quality primary care services with excellent patient outcomes.
Jill S. Buterbaugh, DNP, RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC