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Nurse Practitioner

Nurses practitioners are becoming an important part of the health care continuum. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care. All NPs must complete a master's or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. NPs undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices.

We’ve recently added an experienced nurse practitioner to our team at Rockford Spine Center and are excited about the expertise she brings to our staff and the benefits she will bring to our patients.



Nurse Practitioner Angela Johnson, M.S.N., A.N.P.-B.C., F.N.P.-B.C., joined Rockford Spine Center in February 2016. She is the first nurse practitioner to join RSC and works with staff to increase patient access and provide a wide variety of care to patients. She works closely with our non-surgical spine specialist, Marie Walker, M.D., to provide comprehensive evaluations and customized treatment plans.

Angie is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner as well as Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State University in Minnesota; a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati; and a post-master’s certificate from the OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing.

Prior to joining Rockford Spine Center, Angie worked as an Advanced Practice Nurse at FHN in Freeport for four years. She also has eight years of experience working as an inpatient nurse caring for pre- and post-operative orthopedic and trauma patients as well as acutely and chronically ill medical, surgical and oncology patients. She is a member of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses—Rock River Valley Chapter; Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society and Minnesota Student Nursing Association. Angie has also conducted research in preventing infections after knee and hip surgeries; treating lower back pain; and managing osteoarthritis.

Very early in her career she knew she wanted to specialize in orthopedics. She brings a unique combination of strong nursing skills and a drive to be the best she can in all aspects of her life.