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Happy 50th anniversary to first nurse practitioner in Idaho — and more

By Idaho Press  
   July 19, 2021

A pioneer and leader, Marie Osborn has the distinction of being the first nurse practitioner in Idaho. From 1872 to 1999, Osborn, who held reign over Stanley, Idaho's clinic and ambulance, was the sole licensed provider of primary care and emergency services for the Sawtooths and upper Salmon River country. Today, at age 90, Osborn celebrates the 50th anniversary of nurse practitioners in Idaho’s health care system, which started in rural healthcare — and simultaneously points out the health care challenges that continue for Stanley and other rural communities in Idaho.

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