I became a neonatal nurse practitioner in 2009. I love providing care to the babies, and I am grateful every day to be a part of one of the best Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) teams in the country! Your baby, and your family as an extension of the baby, are my priorities.
I have almost always worked in a NICU. I started as a patient care assistant in a Level III NICU in 1996. As I finished nursing school in 1997, I knew that I wanted to work as a neonatal nurse.
It has been so rewarding to care for sick and premature infants. Providing care for them and watching as they grew and became strong and stable enough to go home was a wonderful feeling. I enjoyed working with families to help them feel comfortable in providing care to their infants. I can't see myself doing anything else!
Over time, I also found that I liked to teach new nurses. I wanted to make sure that I was the best resource I could be as a preceptor. To do this, I needed to further my own knowledge base, so I went back to school to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.
In my practice, I feel that parents are always the baby's best advocate, so parents need to be involved in their baby's plan of care and understand the care provided for their infant. I want families to know that I will always have their baby's best interests in mind. We will all work as a team to provide the best care that we can for your baby.
During my free time, I enjoy crafting and making little gifts with my Cricut machine. I’m married to David, and we have a daughter, Grace. We have two Labrador retrievers, Rosie and Votto, and a turtle named Leo. I love going to concerts and baseball games. My favorite vacation is anywhere with a gorgeous beach!
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