Grundy County Nurse Practitioner Wins National Award

Monday, May 20, 2013
Nurse Practitioner Darryl Adams with her husband Paul.
Nurse Practitioner Darryl Adams with her husband Paul.

Darryl Adams, APN, RN, primary care nurse practitioner at the Grundy County Health Department, was honored as Nurse Practitioner of the Year in front of 1,500 attendees at the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Nashville.  Ms. Adams also received a complimentary full conference registration and will be featured in the June 2013 issue of The Nurse Practitioner as part of her award. 


Ms. Adams’s nomination was the result of developing the Mountain Tops and Bottoms program.       Adams has always been very committed to making sure patients get the preventive care they need, especially cancer screenings.  She once had a patient who was terminally ill from breast cancer because the patient was uninsured and didn’t know about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program available from the Department of Health.


To raise awareness, Ms. Adams put together a program to educate women in the community about breast and cervical cancer and services available to patients who cannot afford care.  She used her own time to develop the program, solicit door prizes and publicize a “Mountain Tops and Bottoms” event.  Her enthusiasm for helping others carried over to the rest of the Grundy County Health Department staff, who got involved with getting donations, stuffing goody bags and providing refreshments for the event.  Adams is always willing to go the extra mile and her compassion and hard work make a big difference in the lives of her patients.


Ms. Adams received her Master of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.  She lives in McMinnville with her husband Paul, and they have one son, Vincent.



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