From an early age, I have taken an interest in the welfare of others. Nursing has provided me an opportunity to effectively channel these personal attributes into a meaningful career.
I have worked thoughtfully and diligently to achieve consecutive levels of nursing competency. I started my nursing career as a licensed practical nurse and went on to become a registered nurse and adult nurse practitioner. Throughout my studies I have obtained an Associates degree in Applied Science followed by a Bachelors and Masters degree in Nursing.
I have been enjoying my work as a nurse practitioner at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s, Department of Urology for over seven years. I have chosen to pursue a doctoral education through Stony Brook University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program to play a larger role in patient outcomes. Through improved understanding of biostatistics and research I will be able to implement research studies, and provide more scholarly, evidence based care. I hope to use my skills to improve the lives of patients with bladder cancer, specifically those who have undergone a radical cystectomy (surgical removal of the bladder) with a urinary diversion. This demographic typically has a high rate of postoperative complications, prolonged length of stay, as well as high readmission rates. Through research and leadership projects I hope to look at different ways to improve care to these patients and ways of improving patient self-efficacy after surgery.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas-Blaustein Nurse Leader – Bladder cancer after cystectomy ( removal of bladder)
Dissertation: Ways of improving self efficacy in patients who have undergone cystectomy with urinary diversion