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Maximilian Button, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Maximilian Button, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

I have been an Ortho Illinois employee since 2008, of which 2 years as a registered orthopedic technician (ROT), 4 years as a registered nurse (RN), and nearly 5 years as an advance practice registered nurse (APRN). At the beginning of my nursing career I enjoyed being a clinic nurse for one of our surgeons, Dr. Korcek, while also keeping busy as a home health RN on nights and weekends. I really loved working with the orthopedic patient population and looked up to our top-notch physicians, who have been instrumental and supportive in my career development.

As I decided to advance my career and enrolled in the graduate program at Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) to become a nurse practitioner, I transferred to the Ortho Illinois Surgery Center as an admissions/post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) RN, which allowed me to continue working full-time and go to school full time. During that time, I worked closely with our team of surgeons and anesthesiologists to help provide our patients the very best care. Thanks to the encouragement, flexibility and support of our leadership, CEO, and COO, upon graduating with my master’s degree in 2014, I was thrilled to join the team of Ortho Illinois medical providers as a nurse practitioner at our walk-in Injury Express clinic, where I remain working today. I work in collaboration with Dr. Robin Borchardt and see patients with both the acute injury and chronic musculoskeletal conditions along with the occupational injury patients.

In 2016 I made a decision to continue my education and obtain the highest degree in nursing – the DNP. My intent to obtain this degree was driven by my personal desire to continue to challenge myself and further develop both academically and professionally. Although some refer to DNP is as the terminal nursing degree, I certainly hope it is not meant literally in medical sense of terminal or deadly, and I graduated in May of 2019 alive and well (may be just slightly sleep deprived). In contrast to a PhD, a DNP is a clinical practice degree, which allows a nurse practitioner to receive additional clinical training (sort of an abbreviated medical residency) and clinical research along with more in-depth knowledge of how our healthcare system works. This includes courses on healthcare systems structure, payors, insurance, reimbursement, healthcare laws, healthcare policy and other important subjects.

Along with the didactic portion of my training in the graduate and post-graduate programs I have spent over 1,250 hours of clinical rotations in various medical specialties, including family practice, pediatrics, orthopedics, radiology, physical medicine & rehabilitation and rheumatology.  My current research project is on occupational back injuries and how self-efficacy affects timely return to regular function. I will be presenting it at the 24th annual Research Day at UIC- Rockford on April 30, 2019.

I also hold memberships and participate with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Illinois Society for Advance Practice Nurses (ISAPN).

My patient care philosophy. I am committed to be a well-rounded, confident, competent and compassionate provider whose goal is to treat all patients as my own family members despite the differences in ethnic background, religious and political positions, or cultural beliefs.  I intend to further develop my skills and knowledge through research, evidence-based practice and mentorship. I plan to always encourage my colleagues to practice by the same principles and inspire other providers and clinical staff to be kind, understanding and attentive to our patients’ needs.

Outside of professional life I enjoy DIY projects around the house, gardening, cycling, hiking, anything outdoors and working on my cars. I also enjoy teaching and often get invited as a guest speaker to Saint Anthony College of Nursing to present orthopedic/musculoskeletal lectures for nurse practitioner students and UIC medical residents.