While I have not always liked going to the doctor, or been the most cooperative patient, I have always wanted to work in the medical field. I still clearly remember hiding behind the couch in my pediatrician’s office and having to be pulled out kicking and screaming! Coming from a family of nurses, I started playing with stethoscopes at a young age and everyone was my patient – family, friends, dogs, and even my pet duck!
In high school, I worked as a Volunteer Candy Striper in the local hospital. I loved being around kids so I babysat as often as I could. After high school, I attended nursing school at the University of Texas in Austin. Pediatrics was where I wanted to be. I worked as a floor nurse, then charge nurse in Austin before I got married and moved to Dallas. I began working at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas on a general peds floor, followed by liver transplant floor and ending up in Oncology. This was a very wonderful and satisfying job, but I wanted a little more autonomy. While working full time I went back to school at UT Arlington and got my Master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner license. And that brings me to where I am today.
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