Nurse practitioners join Pioneer Clinic

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw has added to their family of doctors and nurses by hiring Alisha Tenhet, FNP-C, and Jill Shaw, FNP-C.

Tenhet and Shaw both are seeing patients at the new Pioneer Medical Clinic along with family doctor, Terry O’Malia, D.O.

Pioneer Medical Clinic is located at 8613 Highway 12 in Ackerman and is supported by all of the service lines of the Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw.

Alisha Tenhet, FNP-C, of Mathiston is excited to work closer to home, her husband and child.

Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked for over seven years as a nurse, with most of that time in a hospital cardiac unit.

Tenhet earned her associate’s nursing degree from Holmes Community College then went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Tenhet loved working as a nurse but always wanted to do more.

“I felt like I couldn’t do enough as a nurse and wanted to do more,” said Tenhet, so she became a nurse practitioner. She earned her masters degree in nursing from the Mississippi University of Women.

Tenhet is happy to be a part of Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw where she is able to “invest more of my time in patient care.” She is also excited about the construction of the new hospital which is next door to the brand new family medical clinic where she is seeing patients of all ages, including children.

Tenhet will also see patients at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw, which includes the geri-psych unit and swing bed, and also at the Choctaw County Nursing Center.

Jill Shaw, FNP-C, of Starkville, is married with three children and loves taking care of patients.

“I can’t imagine not taking care of patients,” said Shaw after stating she was a nurse for a long time.

Shaw has experience in obstetrics, emergency room, pediatrics, school of nursing and women’s surgery suite.

Shaw said as a nurse she felt like she was held back.

“I always felt like I was held back, especially in the ER,” she said. “I would challenge myself to see if I could diagnose the patient before the physician,” she added.

Shaw naturally progressed and wanted to continue her education so she became a nurse practitioner.

She earned her associates degree from Holmes Community College then earned her Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Shaw also earns 30 continued education units a year to “help maintain my knowledge base and stay updated.”

Shaw is seeing patients of all ages at the Pioneer Medical Clinic where she, Tenhet and O’Malia treat patients and do minor procedures including some sutures. She loves women’s health and is a big advocate in pregnancy prevention.

Shaw is excited to work for Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw where she “strives to do quality care not quantity.”

“Pioneer allows us the atmosphere to do that, focus on patient care,” said Shaw.