I grew up watching my dad — who is entirely non-medical — respond to any emergency he came across, due to his Army training. If there was a car accident, he would pull over. I have seen him do CPR in a restaurant. I became an EMT in college, completed nursing prerequisites and then decided to get my doctorate as a nurse practitioner because of him. In the back of my mind, I have always had this sense that when there is someone in need, you stop what you’re doing and help them to the best of your ability.
I think most of us are drawn to this field because we care. I was drawn specifically to oncology after being inspired by the incredible healthcare provider’s that cared for my dad. It’s a field that requires us to be up to date on new treatments and interventions without ever losing sight of the humanity that must exist in medicine.
If I can be a provider who brings a patient or their family some comfort and solace for even a small amount of time, that’s what I want to do. It's an honor to serve in this way in people’s lives, and I feel grateful to do so.
Area of clinical practice
Acute care oncology
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center – Montlake.
I am part of the acute care oncology clinical evaluation team. We see patients from all different specialties within Fred Hutch, including any cancer patient who needs to be seen. Maybe they’re coming down with an acute illness that is cancer-related, but their team has a full schedule, or perhaps they are feeling very sick and require a rapid response to be called to assist them where they are. Our goal is to keep patients out of emergency departments to not only lessen the load on our colleagues there, but also to prevent unnecessary admissions. I feel incredibly lucky to work with a knowledgeable and talented group of providers that care for patients like they are their family.
DNP, Seattle University
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