Thomas Jefferson University & the University of Colorado
Assistant Professor, Nurse Practitioner with the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program at the University of Colorado
I’ve been involved in working with our team to develop care coordination strategies to effectively monitor post-transplant outcomes. I also work on developing educational programming for Advanced Practice providers – both at the University of Colorado and within AST.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
I started my nursing career as a bedside nurse on a cardiology intermediate care unit. I had the opportunity to care for many patients who were awaiting heart transplants. After transplant, these patients would often stop by the unit to say hello. Seeing the difference that transplant made in their lives was heart-warming and inspiring. I knew that I wanted to be a part of the transplant experience in a more direct way, so I eventually moved into an outpatient transplant coordinator role and then to my current role as an outpatient provider.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
I love that we see patients undergo transplant and get a new lease on life. People are able to return to the activities that brought them joy before they were dealing with end-stage organ disease. I think patient and family education are integral to post-transplant success, and I really enjoy spending time helping patients and families understand their post-transplant health and plan of care.
How have you served AST?:
I am on the Executive Committee of the APP COP, and I’ve participated in workgroups with the Transplant Pharmacy & Kidney and Pancreas COPs. I’ve enjoyed getting to know colleagues throughout the country, and I’ve appreciated the opportunity to share the work that APPs are doing in the transplant community.