Rhonda Schmidt, a Glen Ullin native, has joined the Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center staff as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) who will see patients primarily at the Glen Ullin Family Medical Clinic, along with Carrie Gerving.
Rhonda is a graduate of Glen Ullin High School. She earned her associate of science degree with a concentration in pre-nursing (ASPN) from the University of North Dakota-Williston, and her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and master’s degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Rhonda worked 4.5 years at a Dickinson clinic, and has been practicing the last 5.5 years at the clinicin Richardton.
“I really feel that spending time with patients is a very important part of their health care. It is nice to be able to have a personal relationship with your patients,” she said.
“I like helping people and it’s not only about providing them with health care, but also including both their mental and spiritual health. Overall, I enjoy helping patients through different stages in their life,” she added.
Along with serving in family practice, Rhonda plans to pursue caring for patients who need chronic pain management.
“A lot of these patients, I feel, fall through the cracks,” she said. “If they are having pain, someone should be there to listen to them and help them. It may not always be with pain medication. There are other ways that you can help them manage their pain and maybe even decrease the useof narcotics.”
“There are so many people out there who are not able to get the care they need, so they are turning to street drugs and that is unsafe. If I am able to help a portion of these patients, I will have then reached my goal,”she shared.
Rhonda joins Dr. Alan Lindemann, Carey Rivinius, Lesley Kling, Lori Hill and Carrie Gerving as medical staff at JMHCC. Dr. Lindemann is available in Glen Ullin each Monday.
Rhonda and her husband, Jamie, live on the family farm near Glen Ullin where Rhonda was raised. They are the parents of three sons, Channing, and twins Coleton and Chandler. Channing and his wife, Lauren, live in Dickinson with their two children, Camden and Zaylee. Channing is a plant operator at Petro-Hunt. Coleton continues to live on the family farm, and works as a truck driver/diesel mechanic. Chandler passed away in 2016.
Rhonda loves to spend time with her family, including her two grandchildren, as well as camping and reading.She currently is receiving training to be a leader in a grief support group called Grief Share.