Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Jersey City State University
Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
New Jersey State First Aid Council (District Representative)
New Jersey Occupational Nurses Association
New Jersey State Nurses Association
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Nurses Association
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Barbara Flowers Brings Extensive Experience to Primary Care at Home
“We work to keep our [Primary Care at Home] patients healthy and get them the resources they need, so that they may stay in their own homes for as long as they are able to.”
Barbara Flowers was just 16 years old when she joined her local volunteer rescue squad as an EMT. Today, the family nurse practitioner still volunteers with her local squad after hours. But her primary focus is caring for the patients in Vanguard’s Primary Care at Home Program.
Barbara brings a diverse and extensive medical background to Vanguard. She has worked in urgent care, the emergency room, occupational health, the burn unit, pediatrics, and as a nursing instructor. She also has been a visiting nurse, providing home care to medically complex children and adults and managing their cases. She is a disaster nurse for the National Disaster Medical System of the United States. She is also part of Morris County Medical Reserve Corps, volunteering to assist during emergencies to protect the public’s health. In addition, Barbara served as an emergency responder for the Red Cross, including during Hurricane Katrina.
She joined Vanguard because it reminded her of the “small town” doctor’s office of her childhood. “It’s a community feeling here,” she says. “The doctors know their patients and care about them. With our homebound patients, Dr. McCarrick started a program to help prevent social isolation using technology. That level of care truly impressed me. You don’t see that often.”
Barbara is part of the Primary Care at Home Program at Vanguard. “Our main focus is reaching the people who can’t get the care they need in other ways,” she says. She describes the process as complete and holistic. “We look at their nutritional intake, medical needs, immunizations, social interactions, and safety. If we need to bring in a social worker or other resources, we will do that.”
Patients tell Barbara that she’s friendly, and always arrives with a smile. She’s also known to be very thorough. “I can be stern if I need to be,” says Barbara. “After all, I want them to be able to continue to stay at home, and enjoy life.”
When she’s not working, Barbara volunteers for her local first aid squad and is an instructor for the Red Cross. She is part of the New Jersey EMS Council as the 6th District Vice President. She enjoys horseback riding and outdoor activities.