Jennifer is a Connect & Recruit Campaign top recruiter and the 2014 winner of a free membership.
I knew I wanted to become a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) at the age of 16 when I was given the opportunity to shadow a friend in who worked in neonatal nursing. I enjoy working with children, and my experience includes working as a nanny, ski instructor, nurse practitioner and educator.
I believe being a PNP is the perfect blend of giving back to the community, working with children and creating a positive influence in their lives. I always tell my NP colleagues to pursue their passion -- whether it’s working with pediatrics or geriatrics, it’s important to do what you are passionate about and to find your niche. Working with children and families is hard work but rewarding work!
As an educator, I take my responsibility seriously to inform students and colleagues regarding available resources, internships and trainee opportunities in pediatrics. Through practice, guidance and teamwork, I help train a new generation of pediatric health students. I strive to collaborate across disciplines and provide comprehensive team-based care when the situation requires it.
I first learned about NAPNAP through Dr. Gail Kieckhefer, University of Washington professor and practicing primary care provider. Gail is the membership chair for the NAPNAP Washington State Chapter. The Washington chapter is in its third year of having student interns work with chapter leadership on all facets of chapter management such as special events, legislation and education. There are so many ways for students to become involved with the chapter!
I strongly feel that students, new graduates and young professionals can greatly benefit from NAPNAP. It truly is a worthwhile investment in their careers and the future profession.
This is an exciting time in health care, and we are so fortunate to have independent practice in Washington.