Pharmaceutical clinical trial sub-investigator
My nursing instructors at UW helped me grow into a nurse; the US Navy showed me how to be a nurse who could do any job and enabled me to get certified as a health promotion specialist. Graduate school glued my experiences into a nurse practitioner role focusing on the process of aging with fewer mental and physical deficits. I have a great love for cardiology and rheumatology: clinical trials are changing the face of both and "giving back life", as many patients say!
I prepared [for my career] over 47 years in nursing. Being open to new opportunities to learn; accepting challenges to grow and learn new things! I continue to be a "life-long" learner!
Being a Nurse Practitioner allows me to bring the nursing touch to my patients who are frequently overwhelmed in the medical model. I enjoy the pharma clinical trials because they provide education on pathophysiology of disease, and keep me current on the latest treatments.
Keeping current in these areas.
As a Nurse Practitioner in a speciality area, my advice would be: never forget you are a nurse and bring that special gift with you to all patients! Also keep learning and growing.
I have recently retired, but continue to look for opportunities to use my nursing/Nurse Practitioner skills. I may do some guest lecturing or speaking about rheumatoid processes and drug therapies available.