“I believe in clients being active participants in their care; all clients should have a thorough understanding of their treatment options and be allowed to voice their preferences without fear of rejection by their providers.”
What was your path to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner?
From a young age, it was my dream to work in a career where I could help others. A career as a nurse practitioner seemed to be the perfect fit! I received bachelor degrees in psychology and nursing from New York University, my master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing at Stony Brook University, and my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my hope that I can help to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and help my clients reach mental wellness.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in clients being active participants in their care; all clients should have a thorough understanding of their treatment options and be allowed to voice their preferences without fear of rejection by their providers. Treatment plans should be individualized and based on symptom presentation, mitigating factors, and client preference. I believe in using different treatment modalities — in addition to medication management — when treating illnesses in an effort to improve outcomes.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly seeking new knowledge and researching evidence-based advances in healthcare in order to improve my practice and the outcomes for my clients. I attend psychiatry-focused conferences annually, attend online webinars and presentations, and review journal publications to keep abreast of current advances in the psychiatric field.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
While pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University, I completed a quality improvement capstone project entitled, “Improving Performance Metrics in a Community Clinic for Homeless Women with Effective Screening and Management.” While completing this project, I worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner within a community medicine clinic located in a women’s shelter. Homeless single adults have higher rates of serious mental illness, addiction disorders, and other severe health problems compared to the general public. The aim of my project was to improve select performance metrics in a community medicine clinic for women by implementing a standardized screening and management process. I was able to achieve this goal within 40 days of implementation.
“I believe in using different treatment modalities — in addition to medication management — when treating illnesses in an effort to improve outcomes.”