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Henry County, Pendleton native
Henry County High School 1992
Bellarmine University undgrad nursing 1999
Spalding University Family Nurse Practitioner graduate
Family Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Gatewood’s Family Medicine, Campbellsburg.
Neonatal Kosair Children’s Hospital
Neonatal Follow-up Program at UofL
Why did you decide to go into nursing?
I have always wanted to go into nursing. I’ve always wanted to help people. When I was young, I had a cousin who was sick and I saw how the nurses took care of him and consoled her, my aunt. I saw what he went through and how they helped him and my aunt. That was the reason I wanted to go into nursing.
I worked with neurosurgery at Kosair’s Children Hospital in grad school we dropped down to not having any residents. We hired nurse practitioners and nursing assistants and then I decided I wanted to go back after seeing in pediatric neurosurgery and seeing what they had to offer. I wanted to extend my career and have more options available to me.
What are the advantages and
the big differences from working in Louisville and nowin the county
where you are from?
You know a lot of people in the county. You are probably related to half of them. It’s just the small town, family feel. It’s been a big adjustment. You are seeing a lot more people. When you go from specializing in neonatal growth and development to working with geriatrics, hypertension or diabetes. You are doing a whole broad spectrum. It makes it nice.
I am family nurse practitioner and I see everyone from babies to senior citizens and do primary care.
It’s not different seeing people that you know. You still give them the same amount of care, but you know them and you may know more about their medical history. I think it makes it nice for me and good for them because I’m not a stranger to them or the area.
What do you do for fun?
I run. I am a runner.
I have a husband and three children that keep me busy: Scott Abney, my husband, Megan who is 12, Sarah is 10 and Isaac is six.
I have done one marathon — 26.2 miles. I’ve done the mini, downtown, for several years and I do the Derby Festival. For the marathons, a lot of training goes into them. The most running I had done was 20 miles before I ran the marathon. Now, I just run five days a week. I do 18 miles a week.
Our kids are involved in soccer and we do things with our church, Southeast Christian, the Oldham Campus. We love to go to the beach on vacation when we can. Gulf Shores is our favorite place.
With the kids in competitive soccer, we don’t have much time for anything else. I am a busy body so I don’t sit still until about 10 p.m. at night.
Exercise, running and the elliptical is a big stress reliever for me.
Is there any common thing you see in your profession people can do preventatively for their health?
Diet and exercise. That pretty touches on diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension and back pain.
Take your lunch. It is usually healthier and that is just a planning. Have a partner, an exercise partner — someone you are accountable to. I have a friend and we have been exercising together for about 17 years. We are very accountable to each other. On days that you don’t feel like running or exercising, they are the motivator. You have someone waiting on you, depending on you to be there to exercise.
You should exercise about three to five days a week for at least 30 minutes.
What are some of the things that nursing school didn’t prepare you for?
It’s scary when you first start off on your own. You are taking care of patients and trying to give them the best care you can. And when you are dealing with kids, you are dealing with parents and you never knew what you were going to get when you walked in the room. Their babies are sick and they want them taken care of.
It doesn’t prepare you for the emotional side of it. I would cry with families depending on the situation. I had to learn to deal with babies that were abused. I dealt with surgical patients, kids with special needs — you get on the job training for that. It’s not something they can teach you in school. I feel that this is what I was called to do. I love nursing and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.