What is your job title?
I am a certified nurse practitioner in the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic as well as in the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Clinic.
What is your job?
In the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic (HFBC), I assist cardiology patients with the management and transition of care from hospital discharge to the outpatient setting. The HFBC team also specializes in optimization of heart failure patients’ care by titrating medications, ordering diagnostic testing, and providing intravenous diuretic therapy when appropriate. As the nurse practitioner for the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) clinic, I work closely with HFpEF specialist, Dr. Kavita Sharma, to better understand HFpEF and to provide individualized and optimized care plans for patients suffering from this form of heart failure.
What is your education?
I have a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Gettysburg College as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. I obtained a master’s degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University and became board certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner.
When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?
I have spent my entire professional life at Hopkins. I started working as a clinical technician on the Hopkins Cardiac ICU (CCU) in 2011. I transitioned to a CCU nurse in 2012 and then joined the Hopkins Cardiology team as a nurse practitioner in 2016.
Why do you choose to work with heart failure patients?
As a bedside nurse in the CCU, I was able to see patients at the most critical stages of their various complex cardiovascular diseases. I often wondered if patient outcomes would be different with a little more time, education, and follow-up in the outpatient setting. Heart failure is a specialty that can be very challenging and yet, very rewarding. Optimizing patients’ treatment plans and having them come in and say they feel better today than they did yesterday makes my work meaningful.