Hicks has more than 39 years of nursing experience and has been a full-time medical provider at the OMC Gainesville Medical Clinic since 2008.
The clinic, located at 181 Kentucky Avenue in West Plains provides treatment for minor trauma and illnesses that require same day attention, but are not severe enough for a trip to the emergency room. This is helpful for times when your primary care physician’s office is closed or unavailable. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary.
Hicks first began working at OMC in 1975 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She became a registered nurse in 1979 and worked at OMC until 1990. For the next 15 years, she was employed as the school nurse for the West Plains R-7 School District while her son, Ross, was a student.
After her son graduated, Hicks returned to school and earned her Masters of Science degree to become a family nurse practitioner. She said after earning her degree she knew she wanted to return to OMC.
Hicks is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Howell County Health Department board and has been serving since 2003.
The OMC Urgent Care Clinic is open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily. For more information, contact the clinic at 417-257-5911.