2006 Eads High School graduate Rachel Bletzacker graduated from Chamberlain University School of Nursing receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner track in February of this year. Her official title is Family Nurse Practitioner-BC (Board Certified).
Rachel currently works as the Chief Nursing Officer at Weisbrod Memorial Hospital and will soon be adding to her CNO duties as she will be a Family Nurse Practitioner at Eads Medical Clinic.
The daughter of John and Anita Brown, Rachel started her nursing career in high school, when she took CNA courses taught through KCHD. After high school she went to work at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs as a float CNA working several departments of the hospital including transport, ED, Med/Surg, Rehab and Cardiac Step Down, and finally pediatrics.
She later returned to Eads where she worked as a medical assistant at Eads Medical Clinic prior to attending nursing school. After school, Rachel worked as a night shift RN at Keefe Memorial in Cheyenne Wells prior to taking on the Manager position for Prairie View Clinic there. She worked in this position for a little over two years before returning to Eads. She has more than 15 years of medical background from multiple disciplines under her belt.
Rachel has two children, Jayson who is 14 and Brystal who is 11 both whom attend school in Eads. Her family is also complete with 3 dogs, Rezzin, Lexi, and Bella.
When asked where she sees her career going in the future, she states, “My plans will not change before my kids are completely out of school. That’s at least eight more years in Eads. I look forward to seeing where these next year’s take me and how my career will advance over time. I look forward to continuing to serve in the town I call home!”
Rachel tells the Independent that she is most excited about having the opportunity to work in her hometown. “I feel like there can sometimes be a bit of a stigma behind caring for those you may have known for lightyears, but I look forward to helping our community members navigate through the crazy world of healthcare.”
January 2nd will be the official Eads Medical Clinic start date where she will begin as an FNP two days per week.
“Although I have not gotten started in my role as FNP, I have been able to develop some new skills while working as CNO and look forward to continuing that journey as I move forward and see patients. KCHD recently began a new wound care program and have other programs we are working towards getting started in the upcoming year, 2023.”
A message from the current interim KCHD CEO, Jeanette Filpi states, “Please join me in congratulating Rachel Bletzacker on her new, expanded role within KCHD. Rachel received her Nurse Practitioner credentials in July 2022. After great discussion regarding her career aspirations, her desire is to continue to give back to this community that she calls home. Rachel will transition into a dual Provider and CNO role.”
Rachel went on to say, “The healthcare world has seen an immense number of changes over the last few years. Not many have been good, but it has never led me or others at KCHD to change the way we care for others. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work as a practitioner in the community where I was raised!”
The Kiowa County Independent wishes Rachel all the luck as another smalltown girl who is making a big impact.