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Menuey enjoying work, life in Dysart

September 20, 2012
Alissa Klenk - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

Dysart offers a warm welcome to Nicole Menuey, ARNP as the new healthcare provider at Covenant Clinic. Menuey has been providing care at the clinic since the end of August and is immensely enjoying her new position.

The perfect fit for the small town of Dysart, Menuey herself was born and raised in the small town of Jesup and understands the needs of the people in a rural community. She wanted to work in a small town and has fond memories of Dysart. Mayor Pam Thiele actually took her senior pictures, a connection that she discovered after meeting with local community leaders during her first week in Dysart.

"I hadn't been to Dysart since I was in high school, but I remember all of these shops and it being a really nice town. I love it. Everyone is very nice. I like the small town atmosphere," Menuey said.

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Currently, Menuey, her husband, and their four children, ages 11, 9, 7, and 4, live in Independence but are moving to Jesup where they will be closer to family, the schools the children attend, and their church.

For the Menuey family, the weekends are kid time and are often spent watching movies, reading books, and going on walks together. Her son is a football fan and Menuey has promised to take him to a Union football game this season. She has been following the Union football team online and is excited to take her son to a game and introduce him to a successful high school football team.

Her experience and education makes Menuey a good choice for the Covenant Clinic. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Allen College in December of 2004, she began work at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo on the general medical floor, a position that she kept for four and a half years before beginning work in hospice for one and a half years.

While completing her work for a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Allen College, she worked at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. She graduated with her masters this year and began work as an ARNP.

Menuey doesn't remember a time when she didn't want to be a nurse. She grew up around nurses, including her mom, who worked in ER nursing, OB nursing, and as a nurse at an urgent care clinic. Her aunt is an OR nurse and growing up, many of Menuey's friends' moms were nurses, too. Surrounded by a family of nurses, she learned to love taking care of and helping people.

Working as a hospice nurse provided Menuey with invaluable experience. While she provided physical care, providing dignity for the dying patient was very important to her. She wanted to make sure that they were comfortable in every aspect.

"Even more than that was providing comfort for the families and support for them by making sure that they understood what was going on by answering questions and providing support beyond the basic physical care that they needed, by taking care of the whole patient, not just the physical aspects," Menuey said.

Covenant Clinic in Dysart can provide services that many local residents may not be aware of. Recently, the clinic added a Pro Time machine, which measures the clotting tendency of the blood. Patients on blood thinners must have these levels checked often. Acquiring this machine means that the clinic no longer has to send this blood work out and greatly reduces the wait time for results.

The clinic can also provide minor laceration repair and sutures, EKGs, limited casting, vaccines for children, physicals, full wellness exams for men, women, and children, flu shots and sprays, and other services. They can usually accept walk in patients with acute issues.

You can contact the Covenant Clinic by calling 319-476-4000 to schedule an appointment or stop in anytime to welcome Nicole Menuey to the community.



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