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Staunton Primary Care

About Ciara Staunton, NP-C


Profession: Family Nurse Practitioner

Education: B.S.N. & M.S.N. from University of Cincinnati

Board certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Clinical experience: Primary care, urgent care, and emergency medicine

A little about me: I am a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, and I act as a preceptor for nurse practitioner candidates at local colleges and universities. My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and learning new skills (currently guitar).

How Are We Different?


What sets me as a nurse practitioner apart from other primary care providers is my unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, I guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients' out-of-pocket costs. I am truly your partner in health.

How Staunton Primary Care Got Started


I was initially inspired to start the practice after seeing the devastating effects of patients seeking care far too late in the emergency departments, or seeing repeat patients in my urgent care because they cannot find a primary care provider.


I’ve done something that many of my colleagues could probably only dream of: I've given up a medical practice to start one that is free from all the rules and paperwork that go with health insurance.


In my previous job, I was lucky to be with a patient for 7 minutes or less, and I spent most of my time charting to make the insurance company happy. My direct primary care practice removes the insurance company, so I can focus on what my patient needs, when they need it, and how they need it.


My passion for practicing medicine is fueled by the opportunity to connect with people, understand their needs, and apply my skills to help them.


I believe providers should dedicate enough time to get to know their patients better, and ongoing conversation should exist between them to better serve the patient. Healthcare should not be delivered through a fragmented frame where a lot of information is lost in translation.


It is for these reasons that I decided to look for something different, something meaningful, and, most importantly, a way to help patients find balance in their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

About Nurse Practitioners


Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have been providing primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans, including prescribing medications.


Autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:


  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries
  • Prescribing medications and other treatments
  • Managing patients' overall care
  • Counseling
  • Educating patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices
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Why NPs Are Important


Nurse practitioners s are more than just health care providers; they are mentors, educators, researchers, and administrators. Their involvement in professional organizations and participation in health policy activities at the local, state, national, and international levels helps to advance the role of the NP and ensure that professional standards are maintained.


By providing high-quality care and counseling, nurse practitioners can lower the cost of health care for patients. For example, patients who see NPs as their primary care provider often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays, and lower medication costs.


With over 870 million visits made to NPs each year, patients report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.


By offering high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care, nurse practitioners provide more than 248,000 solutions to the primary care shortage facing America today.

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