PLATTSBURGH When it comes to health care, Jennifer Facteau-Rabideau believes patients should have a say in what treatments are provided to them.
"Most of the time, people just want to be heard; they just want to have somebody listen to them," the nurse practitioner said.
It is with that in mind that she recently opened her own practice, Small Town Health Care, where she strives to provide holistic, patient-focused primary care.
Located at 345 Cornelia St., the facility is the only nurse-practitioner-led practice in Plattsburgh and one of the first in the state.
Facteau-Rabideau saw a need for her services in this area, as so many additional people will have access to primary care under the Affordable Care Act.
In fact, 30 million more Americas will have access to health care under the legislation, she explained, so more and more advanced-practice nurses are needed to meet the increasing demand for primary-care services.
"There’s not enough physicians ... that’s why people end up in the ER and fast tracks for an ear infection or a sore tooth or something like that, because they don’t have a primary-care person," Facteau-Rabideau said.
As a nurse practitioner, the Saranac High School graduate is a registered nurse with a master's degree, which she obtained from SUNY Stony Brook in 2012.
Before earning her bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, Facteau-Rabideau completed Clinton Community College's two-year nursing program in 1998.
“In every state in the United States, you can diagnose, treat and prescribe for patients (as a nurse practitioner), both primary care (and) specialty, from babies to 102 years old," she said.
Small Town Health Care, however, accepts only patients age 18 and older.
Though Facteau-Rabideau can sign off on her patients' charts and write prescriptions without the supervision of a medical doctor, the state does require that she have a collaborating physician.