Nursing Diploma: Lincoln General School of Nursing, 1974.
Bachelor's Degree: Union College, 1978.
Master's Degree: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, 1984.
Midwifery Degree: Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hyden, KY, 1996.
What made you choose a medical career?
I have been in OB since 1978. Through the years I have worked labor/delivery, postpartum, nursery and taught nursing at Creighton University. In each of these areas I was with the woman and her family through only one part of their care. As a midwife, I can follow her through her pregnancy, birth, postpartum and continue to see her for GYN care. This allows me to have a greater impact on the woman and her family's health behaviors. I enjoy being able to see those babies grow up through the pictures and annual visits of the mom.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
I love labor and delivery. I enjoy helping women achieve their goal of natural childbirth. I also enjoy working with adolescents and their complex needs.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I feel the more involvement the woman has in her health care the more committed they will be to the outcome. Women need choices. They need pertinent and concise information to make decisions. I feel my purpose is to provide that information, answer questions and continue to provide the support needed to make an informed decision.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
I love to travel, especially to the beach. I'm an avid reader. I have three, and soon to be four, grandchildren that I love to take care of whenever I have free time.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
I was the first midwife in the Methodist Health System. I started Midwifery service in 1996.