Lori A. Rutherford, MSN, GNPNurse Practitioner
Veterans Health Administration
As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Rutherford provides primary, coordinated, and comprehensive health care to veterans with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention. Along with the collaborating physician, the nurse practitioner is accountable for assessment, diagnosis, planning, and treatment plan.
In 2014, Ms. Rutherford has been instrumental in ground-up development of Chronic Pain Rehab. The Center for Interdisciplinary Pain Management is comprised of a nineteen-day, interdisciplinary inpatient chronic pain treatment program along with associated outpatient screening and treatment clinics. The program treatments represent a wellness approach to chronic pain treatment and management. Participants are encouraged to assume responsibility for their pain and its management through psychological and physical rehabilitation approaches. Through behavioral treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, physical therapy, medication adjustment, occupational therapy, vocational readjustment training, pool therapy, exercise, relaxation training, and education, program participants learn to better manage and cope with their pain. Other interventions such as nerve blocks, biofeedback, and marital therapy may be used when indicated. Adjunctive pain services (e.g., consultation, staff training, and research) are provided by selected team members as part of our comprehensive chronic pain treatment effort.
Prior to the Veterans Health Administration, Ms. Rutherford provided recertification examinations for Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance documentation for placement and continuation of patients in appointed Nursing Home Facilities.
Ms. Rutherford earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marshall University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Radford University, and a postgraduate certificate as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.