Nurse Practitioner: Kelly Hassman
1. Why did you choose to become a nurse practitioner?
I had been a RN for 23 years and was ready for something more challenging.
2. What is your typical work day like?
Every day is different. I rotate between the internal medicine clinic and hospitalist program. I also provide ER coverage.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part of my job is improving others’ quality of life. The most challenging part is putting all the pieces of info together to make the right diagnosis.
4. What is the biggest myth or misconception about your career or field?
That a physician will supervise or monitor your work. Most ARNPs are very autonomous and make decisions independent of physician supervision.
5. What steps did you take in high school and college to help prepare you for your career?
I was an EMT in high school and a RN for 23 years.
6. What did you find difficult during your career preparation? How did you overcome these obstacles?
Balancing a family, job and school. I had a great, supportive husband and parents who helped out.
7. What do you see as the strengths and skills needed to succeed in your career?
You need to truly love and embrace your patients. You are working for their best outcome.
8. What advice would you offer to students interested in pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner?
Go for it! It’s an awesome job!