600 Somerset Avenue
Windber PA, 15963 Gynecological Care
1. What is your specialty?
I joined the Windber GYN Associates due to my love of Women’s Health. I have worked as a staff nurse in the hospital in the past and have most recently worked as an emergency room (ER) nurse. With my experience and having this opportunity, I am able to fulfill my goal of helping women of all stages in their life and to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.
2. Why did you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)?
My inspiration came when I worked as a nursing assistant on an oncology unit while attending nursing school. During this time, I worked with many other healthcare professionals such as nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. One particular nurse practitioner had great intelligence and always took the opportunity to share teaching moments with other staff especially when she encountered something unusual or uncommon. With her caring approach, she offered her time and attention to her patients which lead me to become just like her with a focus on education and nurture lasting relationships with patients and other health professionals.
3. What is one aspect of the job that you find rewarding?
In the emergency room setting, I cared for and stabilized many patients where they were sent home or transferred to another department. I often left at the end of the day wondering how some patients were after their initial ER visit. In the office setting, I will have the opportunity to see how the story ends and follow the patients from start to finish. I will also be able to develop a rapport with patients and enable them to have trust in the care provided knowing they will feel confidence and comfortable with their health care decisions.
4. In your opinion, what’s the future of your field?
For myself, I look forward to expanding my skills by performing certain procedures such as IUD insertions, colposcopy, Nexplanon insertions, and other procedures performed in the office setting. In general, Women’s Heath is a very dynamic field and there is much more emphasis on prevention and health maintenance. I expect to see more targeted women’s healthcare focus in the upcoming years as women become more involved and interested in enhancing their lives. My hope is to reach out not only to adult women, but the younger generations by providing appropriate education on Women’s Health and disease prevention.
5. What do you do to achieve work/life balance?
I try to maintain balance by keeping work and home life separate by trying to leave home at the door when I walk into work. Outside of work, we all have busy lives. When I am at home, I try to avoid any work duties and really put the focus on my family. When I am not working, I prefer to spend time with my family; my husband, two teenage daughters, and a busy six year old son. When the weather is nice, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family by hiking, camping, kayaking, and cycling. On those Pennsylvania wet days, I don’t mind snuggling up with a good book.
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