Being a nurse made me a better mother and being a mother made me a better nurse. I’ve been there – the new, exhausted, breastfeeding-every-two hours-throughout-the-night mom. I know first hand what it’s like getting an active toddler to take breathing treatments. Becoming a parent gave me a new understanding and deeper appreciation for the worry and joys of parenthood.
I feel confident saying my patients look forward to coming to our office and seeing me. When they come in for a well-check I put kids at ease so they feel like we’re friends catching up. Parents tell me their children ask if they can come see me when they aren’t feeling well because they know I will make them feel better. I love my job!
The trust of my patients means everything to me. It indicates my patients believe that I listen to them and take time to understand how they feel and how they are feeling – which is not always the same thing. As a result I’m better able to help their parents make the best decisions for their health. It’s very rewarding when kids leave feeling better and parents feel less stressed and more confident.
At Jacksonville Pediatrics we treat our patients and families as I always have treated mine, like a member of my family. It’s inspiring, and a testament to the superior care patients and their parents receive, that former patients bring their children here.
I enjoy being a life-long student and annually renew my pediatric certification. This requires extensive pediatric continuing education classes which help me stay abreast of the latest developments in all facets of pediatric health and well-being.