600 Somerset Avenue
Windber PA, 15963 Gynecological Care
The Pennsylvania State University
1. What is your specialty?
I have a Master of Science in Nursing, as well as bachelor’s degrees in nursing and nutrition. I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, registered nurse, and registered dietitian. Women’s Health is my current area of focus.
2. Why did you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)?
My first job in healthcare was as a registered dietitian. Working with other healthcare providers encouraged me to obtain my nursing degree to increase my involvement in patient care. I was fortunate to find an evening nursing program, one of the firsts in the area, which enabled me to keep my job as a dietitian and still earn my nursing degree. Over the course of 20 years, I have worked as a nurse in family practice, home health, and college health. These experiences inspired me to return to school and obtain my nurse practitioner degree. It is my desire to continue to work hard to be the best women’s advocate that I can be.
3. What is one aspect of the job that you find rewarding?
The field of gynecology provides me with an opportunity to share in a woman’s journey through adolescence to great maturity. I value these interactions and the patient-provider relationship that they create. Helping a patient understand the importance of screening practices, medication adherence, and treatment protocols improves the patient’s level of engagement in their care. This enables patients to attain their desired level of health and reduces potential problems in the future.
4. In your opinion, what’s the future of your field?
We are lucky to be providers at a time when women’s health issues are receiving much needed funding and attention . It is my hope that I can encourage women to start receiving annual exams earlier in life to prevent and/or reduce issues related to infertility, chronic medical conditions, and apprehension related to pelvic exams. I want women to be comfortable in discussing their gynecological concerns with me and not feel embarrassed.
5. What do you do to achieve work/life balance?
Balance is certainly a great goal in life. Rather than stressing over balance, however, I get up every day and focus on finding meaning and value in what I do. I am blessed with a large, loving family and a rescue dog and cat who prevent any dullness in my life!
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