So I started my nursing profession back in 1982 as a nurses aide LPN and have just kind of worked my way up since, so I love the nursing and medical profession. I have always wanted to get back to my home county community. I live in Oskaloosa now for 25 years. Before that lived in Winchester, so Jefferson County native basically. And when this position came open, I did not hesitate one minute to apply.
So, we are a primary care clinic here. We take anybody from newborn to elderly of any age.
I am a primary care provider so, hopefully, I’m taking care of all your primary care needs. We can do yearly exams. We do well-woman care, lots of child care and manage a lot of chronic conditions – hypertension, diabetes, those kinds of things – hopefully, before we have to send you on to a specialist.
I feel like Stormont Vail really does work very hard to promote patient-centered medical health. They are all about the patient; they are patient focused. We all have hoops we have to jump through, but it’s all about making sure our patients get taken care of.
I feel that not just myself, but a lot of the other providers, we do treat our patients as individuals.
We take into consideration the needs that they have specific for them or their family.
I would say I’m very down-to-earth I like to talk with people. I want to hear their stories. I want to hear what’s going on with them, and you know then “What’s my role in your story?” “How am I going to help you, support you?” that kind of thing.
I like what I do. I’m not going to say it’s all about making the difference in somebody’s life. It’s not that because I’m just the helper. As their primary care provider, I am their helper. I’m there to help educate them. I’m there to help encourage them. I’m there to help them along their path of health care so that they can live the quality of life they want.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners