I started my nursing career in adult medicine and enjoyed my time there, but I always had an interest in pediatrics. Working at Cincinnati Children’s was a career goal of mine, and one I’m proud to have accomplished.
As an acute care nurse practitioner, I care for children and adolescents in both pulmonary care and critical care. I have experience in adult and pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) environments. With my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, I worked at the bedside for many years, gaining experience and knowledge before obtaining my Master of Science in nursing and becoming an advanced practice nurse. I have additional post-masters training and am now both primary and acute care trained as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
During my career at Cincinnati Children’s, I have completed additional leadership training and functioned as a clinical manager for several years. It was in this role that I learned to communicate better with parents and meet them where they are in the processing of their child's illness. This pathway to my advanced practice career shaped my care to be family-focused, with high expectations for participation from the entire team, including the families and patients, for best results.
I often tell families that no child has “read the book” on how their illness was supposed to go. Each child and family is unique and deserves an open approach to their care and needs.