Lindsey Weak, DNP, RN, CPNP
Lindsey is an Arizona native who graduated with her BSN in 2007 from Arizona State University. As an RN, she primarily worked at Phoenix Children's Hospital as a PICU and CVICU nurse. After a few years, she returned to ASU to pursue her doctoral degree and graduated in 2013 with her DNP. She currently practices as a PNP and surgical first assist at Cardon Children's Medical Center in the Pediatric Neurosurgery division.
She first became involved with NAPNAP as a student in 2010, and has since enjoyed participating in NAPNAP events, as well as serving as the Membership chair beginning in 2015. She is also involved with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses where she just finished her term as Chair of the Pediatric Special Focus Group.
Lindsey is excited to announce the birth of her first daughter, Quinn, who she welcomed this past September. In her spare time, she also enjoys traveling with her husband both for pleasure and for missionary work.
What is your favorite thing about being a PNP?
I absolutely love working with and getting to know the kids and their families! Pediatrics is unique in the way we get to be so involved in the lives of our patients and families over the course of their childhood. I love watching my patients grow from infancy into young adulthood and seeing their personalities develop. As PNPs we are able to develop a special bond with our patients and families because of this, and for me it is what makes my job so rewarding (and fun!).
Tell us something new/unique about you:
Something new.... well, I'm a new mom! I welcomed my first daughter, Quinn, on September 22nd. She is so precious and our hearts are overflowing with love for her! I've spent over a decade taking care of children, but finally, I get to take care of my own! It's pretty surreal!
Who has been a great model/mentor to you throughout your career?
I have not had one mentor per say, but several people who have guided and taught me along the way, making me the PNP I am today. I will always be grateful to Molly Matthews and Robbi Schindel who precepted me when I was a newbie RN at PCH and knew nothing! I joke that they taught me everything I know! They both challenged me and gave me the foundation to be a great nurse. As a PNP student, I was lucky enough to have several great mentors. Diana Jacobson, Diane Smith, Michelina Stazzone and Laura Fleming were all amazing teachers who taught me a lot about what it was to be a PNP. And most recently, Dr. Moss, who I currently work with, who has literally taught me everything I know about neurosurgery, and has been patient and a joy to work with along the way.
All of these people have helped shape me into the PNP I am today in one way or another, and I will forever be grateful.