The value of advanced-practice nurses is very evident at the University of St. Francis Health and Wellness Center in downtown Joliet, Ill. The primary care clinic was begun by Maria Connolly, USF's dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, and is run by NP Mary Maragos. Seven advanced-practice nurses offer a full range of primary care services and focus on seeing the whole person and spending enough time with each patient.

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