Tell us about which Nurse Practitioner (NP) school you attended and why it made the top of your list.
In 1998, I attended Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and enrolled in the Acute Nurse Practitioner Program there. At the time, critical care seemed like a specialty I was interested in and these niche programs were found only few and far between.
Where did you complete your residency? How/Why did you end up choosing that location?
After my initial Acute Care Nurse Practitioner studies, I stayed in Wichita but realized their scope of practice at that time was too limited. So, I went back to school and received my Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner and continued to work in the Emergency Department.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
Ever since I was a young child, I have been a “caretaker” to many, and I wanted to choose a profession where I could use my knowledge and technical skills learned while also being empathetic. For me, nursing was a clear choice.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Back in the early 1990s, I was a staff nurse and often floated to the ER when they were short nurses. I loved the pace, variety of patient needs and cases, and being able to use my technical skills. I have always felt drawn to emergency medicine.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
No two days are the same and I enjoy working with my colleagues. I love learning, laughing, and how everyone supports one another on the team.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
A dear friend of mine introduced me to MEMA. So, when I decided I was ready to move to the Charlotte area from Kansas, MEMA was my first contact, naturally!
As MEMA’s APP Director, tell us more about what that the role entails and what you enjoy most.
I view the Directorship as a liaison between our group of dynamic Advance Practice Providers (APPs) and leadership and communicating clearly and concisely between the two. Trying to keep our schedule manageable and working on recruiting and retention is at the top of the list of responsibilities. At this point, I feel we have the one of the strongest APP’s groups, not only clinically, but within the standards of humanity as well.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I actually called my mom to help with this question! She had a good laugh and informed me, I wanted to be garbage collector as a child, because I wanted to “swing on the back of the truck.” (LOL)
What about Charlotte excites you?
The weather here is fantastic, and it is definitely the perfect location between the mountains and the ocean.
Do you have any Hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
No “secret powers” that I have discovered yet, darn! However, I do enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and partaking in a “splash” of wine occasionally!