Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
Julia Magers, ARNP-C is our highly qualified and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with over 20 years of surgery experience. She has been assisting Dr. Zehr since 1999 in the operating room, first while with the Cleveland Clinic Naples and now with Dr. Zehr and his staff at The Zehr Center for Orthopaedics. As Dr. Zehr's assistant, Julie assists in all facets of orthopaedic patient care both in the office and in the hospital assisting in hospital rounds. She assists in most surgical procedures that Dr. Zehr performs and is relied upon to keep patients informed and comforted, a role she is emminently qualified to perform.
In addition, Ms. Magers is quite well skilled in educating patients on various disease states and disabilities as well as performing various office procedures including the administration of joint injections and wound care under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Zehr. She gives lectures to the local community on the topic of arthritis and joint replacement surgery and assists at most of the community seminars that Dr. Zehr gives routinely throughout the year.
Ms. Magers received her post graduate Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama in adult and geriatric medicine. Prior to her master's studies she practiced as a registered nurse/first assist (RNFA) for many years where she deveolped extensive experience in assisting surgeons in many specialties.
Nurse Practitioners are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, ARNPs under the supervision of a physician will assist with physical exams, counsel on preventive health care, and assist in surgery. ARNPs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Because of the close working relationship the ARNPshave with physicians, nurse practitioners are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, nurse practitioners take a national certification examination. Graduation from an accredited nurse practitioner program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for Florida state licensure.