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In mid-life, I added another dimension, becoming a registered nurse with a BS in Nursing, followed by a master's in Adult Health Nursing. Specializing in emergency nursing, I have not only practiced as an ER nurse, but I have also served as adjunct faculty for two major schools of nursing. I have taught emergency nursing, both domestically and internationally. I have seen firsthand the real challenges of life and death from a healthcare provider's perspective, as a family member and caregiver, and even as a patient. I help both patients and families understand their options and make hard decisions about their health and healthcare.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know what it’s like first hand to have health challenges. My personal experience with these challenges provides me with greater insight into those of you who need to make hard choices and commitments to your own wellbeing moving forward.
This year I completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. My work in this area centers around end-of-life decision making. This work aims to prepare nurses and other healthcare providers to work with patients and families during one of the most challenging times of their lives. I am also committed to working directly with people in the community, both individually and with groups, to help them make the best choices for themselves and their loved ones.
To learn more about my work go to End-of-life Decision-Making.
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