What is your job title?
Transplant Nurse Practitioner
What is your job?
My primary role is to help to coordinate and manage the care of the liver transplant recipients upon discharge. I work very closely with our attending physicians and transplant team to provide a multidisciplinary approach to our patients’ care for approximately one year post-transplant.
When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?
When did you start working in transplantation?
Why do you work with transplant patients?
I absolutely love working with transplant patients because they help me put everything into the right perspective in life. Through the gifted hands of our extraordinary surgeons and the comprehensive care provided by our team, our patients are given a second chance at life. This experience is absolutely amazing and every journey with each patient is challenging, yet exciting and rewarding. I come to work each and every day with a smile. The liver transplant team is like a family and we work very closely with one another in a supportive, compassionate way and with such dedication and commitment to our patients and their families.
What is your education?
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-med/psychology. I also played Division I Women’s Lacrosse for the Irish and led our team as a co-captain to be ranked within the top ten nationally our senior year. After graduating from Notre Dame, I immediately entered the Accelerated BSN program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and completed this program in 2002. I began working as nurse clinician on Nelson 7 in the Fall of 2002 and entered the Masters of Science/Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. I completed the MSN/Adult Primary Care NP program in 2005 and accepted a position with the Liver Transplant team at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner. This past spring 2010, I graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with my Doctorate in Nursing Practice just prior to giving birth to our beautiful baby boy, Cormac Maloney Belden.
What else do you want people to know about you?
I am the 2009 winner of the Johns Hopkins Transplant Nurse of the Year, and for 2011, I am Secretary of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Alumni Board.