|Expertise and Background
||Stephanie Empson, FNP attended Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, where she studied Science of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse in 2000 and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 2002. In her early days as a nurse, she worked in a local skilled nursing facility, where she quickly rose to become the Director of Nursing. Her dedication and leadership to the nursing department gave her recognition in her field. After working for 12 years as a nurse in management, she enrolled at Western Governor's University in Utah, completing her studies in Science of Nursing and earning her Bachelors in Science of Nursing in 2016. In addition to her studies, she worked as the Dialysis Nurse for acute-dialysis patients at the local dialysis unit in Coos Bay, OR. Several community members have known Stephanie for most of her life, and many have met her at Bay Area Hospital, where she was a charge nurse on the medical care unit in 2015. While at BAH, she became a Chemotherapy Certified Nurse and provided health care to patients of all ages.
She completed her Master in Science of Nursing (MSN) in 2020 from Frontier Nursing University (FNU), and she is now pursuing a Doctorate from FNU online. Along with her studies, she received her credentials as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP).
Stephanie is returning to Coast CHC after completing her clinical rotations for her Master's in Nursing Program here. Working side-by-side with Laura Franklin, FNP, she built relationships with patients and will continue to do so. One of her previous patients states, "I am thrilled to have Stephanie return to Coast. Stephanie listened to my health needs and asked questions to reveal the root problem causing my pain. She pointed out areas in my life leading to the health problem and referred to lifestyle changes instead of prescriptions. I am now able to control my health with easy, small alterations like 20-minute walks on the beach, daily stretching before bed, and an increase in water intake."