As a neonatal nurse practitioner, I believe the family is a partner in their child's care. I enjoy getting to know both the baby and the family, and I am honored that I get to care for each of them every day.
My grandmother was a nurse and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I spent many years at the bedside before pursuing an advanced practice degree and becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. My care philosophy is that I see the patient and family as one and strive to develop strong relationships with both. I believe the family can make the best decisions for their child and understand their child’s responses better than anyone.
I practice and teach as I hold an appointment at the University of Cincinnati for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing. I have multiple publications and frequently present at national neonatal conferences. I recently led a team from across the United States and Australia to develop a Thermoregulation Guideline for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. I hope the guidelines will have a significant impact on babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in both countries.
In 2015, I was selected as a March of Dimes Finalist for Advanced Practice and chosen as a March of Dimes Finalist for Critical Care in 2018.