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Spotlight on Richard Brown

Richard Brown grew up on a farm in Missouri and had an interest in healthcare from an early age. He was particularly interested in veterinary medicine because he and his family were very involved with livestock and he spent his summers involved in cow shows and rodeos. His exposure to the elderly in his church community enhanced his interest in healthcare and his parents were older than the parents of his friends. Consequently, he spent a lot of time with people in their 80s and 90s. His father taught a Sunday school class commonly referred to as the “65 to death group.”

In high school, Richard drove to a technical school the next town over from where he lived to attend nurse aide classes. He worked the night shift at the local nursing home on Fridays and Saturdays to complete the required clinical time. He then went on to attend night classes to become a medication technician. He worked his way through nursing school passing medications in the nursing homes on the evening shift. Additionally, he started a computer repair service and spent his days working with that when not in class.

Richard received his Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Following his graduation, he spent the first year of his nursing career in the PACU, then transitioned to trauma services, working triage and trauma surgery for several years in a Level 2 trauma center. He eventually left surgery and worked various other positions including home health, director of nursing at a nursing home, MDS coordinator, school bus driver and contractor. Richard returned to school and received his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification is through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). He’s a well-respected FNP in his community, practicing in Alamogordo. Richard reports he moved to New Mexico because of the climate and opportunities afforded by independent practice. He enjoys small town practice and being able to have close relationships with his patients.


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