Barbara L. Solnek RN MSN FNP-BC ACNP-BC
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelors of Science in Nursing
University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Post Masters Degree (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Family Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
American College of Cardiology, Member
Austin Advance Practice Nurses
Barbara originates from New Jersey but has lived in Austin Texas since 1984. She has two “native Texan” daughters, Julia and Kelsey, and has been married and living with spouse for “many years”.
Any reading material related to cardiology.
Biking when it is not too hot.
Boating with good friends in their boat.
Relaxing with friends and family.
What Are Physician Extenders?
Physician Extenders play a critical role to help assure that patients at Austin Heart are provided with the highest quality of care. Your cardiologist may work with a Physician Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
All three disciplines have completed bachelor's degrees and some also have master's degrees, and they are also licensed by the State of Texas. All have had rigorous clinical training and have taken national board exams to certify them in their areas of expertise and must complete a set curriculum of continuing education each year, just as each of our cardiologists is required to do.
While Physician Extenders do not perform cardiovascular procedures, they do participate in all other aspects of evaluation and treatment of our patients. This team approach has proven to enhance the high standard of care Austin Heart strives to achieve.
Services provided by Physician Extenders include:
- Obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations;
- Ordering and interpreting certain diagnostic studies;
- Prescribing or recommending medication;
- Encouraging positive health behaviors and self-care skills through education and counseling;
- Collaborating with physicians to implement comprehensive health care plans dedicated to improving patient health and quality of life.