I chose nursing as a profession because it's a place where I know I can make a difference in peoples' lives. I grew up on a farm in Iowa. I moved to Seattle, Washington where I attended the University of Washington School of Nursing. I graduated in 2004 and began my career at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, working in the burn and pediatric intensive care. I then went to graduate school for Nurse Anesthesia at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) graduating in 2009.
The idea of anesthesia and surgery can be very scary. It is very important to me to elicit my patient's perspective of the care I'm providing. This allows me to tailor a conversation and anesthetic technique. I use this information to help allay fears and apprehension that they may have about their anesthetic experience. I believe that providing knowledge to my patients is empowering. I enjoy working at Kaiser Permanente because I believe they work very hard to educate their patients, so that they may make informed decision about their health.
I thrive by keeping a good balance between work and free time. I enjoy cycling, running, reading, spending time with my daughter and my friends. I believe maintaining a healthy body and mind is essential to being and good provider to my patients.