About Me

P1010888The serious bit:

I am a family nurse practitioner living in Northern California but am originally from Los Angeles.  I’m currently working at a university healthcare system building a new nurse practitioner care support role, but I’ve also worked in a FQHC and an urgent care/occupational health center. Before becoming a nurse practitioner I worked as a med-surg and ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital.

the staff of saibai island clinic

the staff of Saibai Island Clinic (and me! 3rd from the left)

I received my MSN at University of Illinois, Chicago as part of the Graduate Entry Program (GEP), specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner with a certificate in Forensic Nursing. As part of my clinicals I even got to spend a month with an APN on the remote Australian island of Saibai, close to Papua New Guinea (the only place I’ve ever worked where I could where flip-flops to work!)

I started this website as a way to share unique APN experiences, inspire the growth of our careers, and provide useful and accurate guides to help new APN’s navigate the waters. When I first started working as a nurse practitioner I was always curious about little things that I didn’t learn in school, such as what I was supposed to ask during an interview, and big things like how can I maintain sanity while dealing with all of my patients’ pain. I figured that a forum of discussion such as this blog would be the perfect way for all of us to learn from each other. This site is far from perfect, and I am by no means an expert on nurse practitioners. Most of this is either learned from trial and error on my part, or from asking my mentors lots of questions.  It’s still a learning process, as is everything in life!

The fun bit!

I am an adventurer/small child at heart. I spend my free time hiking, cooking, exploring new places close by as well as abroad, and playing my ukulele.  I am always open to learning something new, trying some interesting craft or project, and most importantly, spending time with my family and friends.

Photos:

All images on the site are from my personal photo library. Most are from my travels, so please ask before taking. Thanks!

Guests:

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