Cherrie Phouthavong is not new to Mercy or the field of nursing, but she is wearing a new hat at the hospital after completing advanced training to become a nurse practitioner.
Phouthavong brings more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse — 16 of those years at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith — to her new role as an acute care nurse practitioner in Mercy’s intensive care unit. This new role means she can evaluate, diagnose and treat acute illnesses and chronic conditions.
“I keep a close relationship with my patients and their families, and I serve as their advocate,” she said. “I believe that providing holistic care to every patient can make a big difference in the clinical setting.”
Phouthavong is originally from the Philippines and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Velez College of Nursing in Cebu City, Philippines, in 1993. She moved to the United States two years later. Last December, she earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She is also passionate about physical fitness and participates in high-intensity interval training and strength training. She plans to train for a half marathon soon.