Q: What led you to work in nursing?
Answer: I always knew that nursing is what I wanted to do. Most of my family works in areas that help the community, whether it is healthcare or police work.
In 2008, I become a Licensed Practical Nurse working in nursing homes before joining Antrim Family & Walk-In Care. I then went on to complete the Fast Track Registered Nurse program and became an RN in 2012 working with Summit Physician Services.
Then in summer 2014, I took my current position as Low Dose Lung CT Navigator.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I grew up in Franklin County actually and currently live in Greencastle. It’s great to live and work so close to my family.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about the low-dose lung CT screening program?
Answer: I don’t want people to think this has to be a formal doctor’s visit. I want patients to feel comfortable because I know they’re probably anxious or concerned. If they need tissues, I’ll get them some. If they need to talk about their concerns, I’ll listen.
My goal is to not only help with doctor’s appointments and scheduling tests, but to be there emotionally as well. That’s part of what I signed on for when I became a nurse.
I tailor each appointment to the patient’s need so that they’re getting the most out of their time with us at Summit Health.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in your new position?
Answer: There’s always something different each day. I am excited to have a bit more flexibility because it means I can spend more one-on-one time with the patients. If a patient calls, I can spend 45 minutes with them on the phone, which means more to the patient.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, teaching Sunday school classes, playing with my two dogs and bunny, reading, and watching hockey and football.