- Saint Joseph Medical Center, Reading, PA
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
Q: What lead you to become a nurse practitioner?
Answer: I celebrated 30 years as a registered nurse in April 2014. During that time, I spent 16 years as an intensive care unit and emergency room nurse, 12 years as a long-term care nurse and two years as a school nurse.
Four years ago, I decided to go back to school at George Washington University, where I specialized in adult gerontology. I really enjoy this aspect of nursing, which allows me to care for patients from adolescence into adulthood helping them stay healthy throughout their life.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I’m originally from Berks County, but my husband’s job brought us to Franklin County 14 years ago.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about nurse practitioners?
Answer: A lot of people have asked me the difference between a physician’s assistant and a nurse practitioner. As part of my master’s portfolio, I actually wrote articles explaining the difference.
It’s different being in this nurse practitioner role. As a nurse, I was used to following recommendations, but now I’m giving them, which is different. Everyone here has been very helpful and made the transition easier.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I just always want to do the best that I can in whatever I do. I really enjoy working with everyone from children to adults to elderly patients.
I believe that adolescents are in a unique position to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors now that will prevent chronic medical illnesses later in life.
Getting to know some of our older patients has been very rewarding because they have a story and have lived through things we just cannot imagine. I really enjoy getting to know them and learn their stories.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy a lot of different things from keeping up-to-date on medical and health news, shopping for unique candles, visiting family, serving as a parish nurse at King Street Church, and riding my motorcycle.