Current Award Recipient
Bio: I am originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Minnesota five years ago to be closer to loved ones and to further my nursing career. I graduated with my BSN from Loyola University of Chicago and have been in Pediatric Intensive Care ever since. Currently, I work at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital in their PICU. I also am a clinical instructor for nursing student’s part time, as I finish my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree (PNP-PC specialty area) at the University of Minnesota. The medical field intrigues me through my experiences watching my dad care for my little sisters. Both of my younger sisters have type one diabetes, diagnosed at a young age, and my father managed their condition. Despite their diagnosis, he taught them that their illness does not define them. He allowed them to be children, singing songs instead of counting while giving them insulin and creating a guessing game for when they tested their blood sugar. My dad is an intelligent and compassionate man who raised three young daughters primarily on his own. He worked very hard to provide a good life for us. Laughter and love always filled our home, although we struggled at times. I see that in many of the families I have cared for. It is where I found passion for pediatric nursing. Pediatrics is a complex field with unique diagnosis, diseases, and treatment modalities. There is so much to learn and so much potential for research and discovery. In my role as a PNP, it is my hope to work with underserved populations, advocating for children and their families. My doctorate will allow me to contribute to evidence-based practices and systems change. It is my hope to one-day work in the field of endocrinology.