My first job out of nursing school was in a bone marrow transplant unit, and I loved it; I’ve worked in this specialty ever since. Practicing transplant medicine requires a high level of expertise in many areas, from internal medicine to primary care to oncology. There is always something new to learn. But more than the complexity of care, I enjoy working with the patients themselves. By the time most patients and their caregivers see me, they’ve been through a lot; a transplant is often the last push to gain control over a difficult disease. It feels so good to be there for them — to help take care of them, mind, body and soul — during such a challenging time.
When I was working a shift in the hospital, a patient I had cared for during the course of his bone marrow transplant the year prior recognized me, which was quite a feat considering I was masked and wearing a face shield. He told me how comforting it was to see me and to know that I would be taking care of him once again. It’s such a joy to be remembered in this way because it means that during patients’ really hard times, I was able to make a positive impact, and for me, that’s what this job is all about. I don’t just care for my community as a nurse practitioner; I relate to my patients as one human being to another who is here to listen, understand and offer comfort.
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders
I am advanced registered nurse practitioner with more than a decade of experience in the field of bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Since 2016, I have cared for patients undergoing BMT and other immunotherapy treatments at Fred Hutch and UW Medical Center. In this role, I provide inpatient and outpatient care, help manage patients’ chronic disease symptoms and address transplant complications. My philosophy of care is centered on getting to know you as an individual and applying a holistic approach that addresses all your needs from head to toe.
University of California, San Francisco
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2011, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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