Q: What lead you to become a nurse practitioner?
Answer: I decided to became a nurse practitioner after the 10 week missions trip I took at age 19 to Haiti. I had lived there as a child from age 6-10 and wanted to return there.
The summer after my freshman year of college I went back for 10 weeks, at that time I still had not declared a major and wasn't sure what I was going to do in the future.
While there, I worked with an American surgeon assisting in a variety of surgeries, I gave shots in the women's health clinic, and worked as a pharmacy tech filling prescriptions. I also got to see a number of births, and spent a week at an orphanage assisting with infants and young children.
Because of this experience, I felt called or led to go into the health field so that I could help people in this way, and I hoped to return someday as a medical provider and not just a college student.
I didn't know exactly what I wanted to be, but I went back to Messiah College for the fall semester and talked to the head of the Nursing department and she encouraged me to become a Registered Nurse and to get some experience and then go back to become a nurse practitioner.
I chose to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, verses a women's health or pediatric or other NP because I wanted to be able to see patients across the lifespan, from newborns to death and everything in between.
I love seeing and getting to know a variety of people. I love seeing children develop. I love seeing where life takes people, or where people take life. I love to glean wisdom from others and from their experiences.
I like to hear how life "used to be" and I think that I have a lot to learn from those who are older and wiser. Everyone has a story, and I like getting to know people and their stories.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I was born and raised in the Franklin County area. After college, I got married and started working as an RN at the Waynesboro Hospital on their Med/Surg floor. Soon after, I transferred to the Family Birthing Floor.
Over the years, I began teaching the childbirth and infant care classes at the Waynesboro Hospital, which I did for approximately 6 years. I also consulted for the Chambersburg WIC office and for a short time taught infant care classes there.