As a neonatal nurse practitioner, I work in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a member of the Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Team. I manage each infant and their family with a family-centered approach. A newborn may have a textbook case of a particular anomaly or disease process, but no textbooks deal with individuals and families. They are humans with families that love and care for them.
I can remember wanting to work with sick infants when I was in high school. I grew up with a close family friend who required many surgeries as an infant. I was able to see how each surgery helped him grow up to be an amazing person.
I am honored to work at Cincinnati Children’s. Before working here, I spent 19 years caring for the tiniest premature infants at another hospital. I also helped transport infants needing complex specialty to Cincinnati Children’s.
I was proud to be nominated for the Carol McKenzie Award by a family whose son I cared for at birth.
I love spending my free time with my husband, three children, friends and extended family.