• Celebrating Nurse Practitioners Week: Tammra Mallory

    November 12, 2019 | Blog
  • Nurse Practitioners are an important part of Paradigm Health’s care team and we want to recognize them as part of Nurse Practitioners Week November 10—16, 2019. There are more than 270,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States who focus on health promotion and education, disease prevention and guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.

    The Role of Nurse Practitioners

    Palliative care nurse practitioners can make home visits to patients who are too ill to go to an office visit or serve as primary care providers within the community. They use the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, provide, and evaluate care. Palliative care nurses are actively involved in determining patient prognosis and they address issues of grief of patients and families.

    Meet Tammra, Nurse Practitioner

    Tammra Mallory, Nurse Practitioner

    Tammra Mallory, Nurse Practitioner

     (Tammie) Mallory joined our care team in August 2019 as a Nurse Practitioner with more than 16 years of critical, hospice and palliative care experienceMallory grew up in the Indianapolis area, married and moved to Chicago where she worked in ER and ICU patient care. After 13 years as a critical care nurse, Mallory returned to school to pursue her MSN (Master of Nursing) and FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) degrees. After graduating in 2015, she began working in hospice and palliative care settings. Mallory’s recent relocation back to the Indianapolis area has allowed her to be closer to care for her aging parents. She keeps busy with two grown children and two grandsons and she enjoys volunteering at Indianapolis animal care centers. She is an avid Pacers
    basketball fan and attends as many games as possible.

    What is Palliative Care?

    Palliative care is a specialty of medicine focused on reducing the symptoms, pain and stress of chronic illness. Palliative care does not replace current clinical care. Rather, it seeks to address symptoms and provide care management.  

    Unlike hospice services, which are designed to support patients facing a limited life expectancy (e.g., six months or less), palliative care can be used in combination with curative treatment of a serious illness. Ideally, palliative care is provided to aid patients with life threatening illnesses from the time that they are diagnosed. 

    Palliative care is: 

    • For anyone with a chronic illness 
    • Not dependent on prognosis 
    • Management of pain and symptoms 
    • Often covered by Medicare Part B 
    • Consultative and individualized in nature 
    • Provided in concert with a “goals of care” discussion