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Benjamin L. Psencik, APRN, FNP-C

Ben Psencik - professional photoBenjamin L. Psencik, APRN, FNP-C, is an advanced practice registered nurse and certified family nurse practitioner. He joined the medical team of Lavaca Family Health Clinic in May 2014. Ben received his AAS (Nsg.) from Alvin Community College in 1986, BSN from UTMB in 2004, and his MSN (FNP-C) from UTMB in 2007. He also has been a CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse) since 1989. Prior to his nursing career, Ben worked as an industrial medic/safety supervisor for 9 years. He started his career in the medical field as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972, including time with the USMC in Vietnam.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a nurse who has a masters, post-masters, or doctoral degree in a nursing specialty and can generally practice medicine without the supervision of a physician. APRNs help meet the demand for primary and specialty health care practitioners, especially in rural and other areas underserved by physicians. There are four types of APRNs: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists.

Family Nurse Practitioner: A Family Nurse Practitioner is a Primary Care certification. With this certification, a FNP can serve as a primary/specialty health care provider under a physician. A Family Nurse Practitioner educates and counsels patients, prescribes medications, can diagnose patient illnesses and conditions, and can treat those diagnoses. A Family Nurse Practitioner is able to serve as a patient’s sole health care provider and can run their own practice under this certification.