Having been around numerous family members with a cancer diagnosis, growing up, cancer was something that strongly impacted myself and my family. An individual doesn’t get cancer, the whole family does. Cancer creates stress, but also creates togetherness. People have said you don’t start living until you have cancer. I have wanted to be that reminder for people. Live and love life. Be present." I completed my undergraduate work at UNMC. After graduating nursing school, I went on to work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I spent my time working on the plastics/ENT floor, where I took care of patients undergoing reconstructive surgery for head and neck as well as breast cancer. It was a challenging position, where people were not only faced with cancer, but often times disfigurement. I worked closely with Physicians and Physician Extenders, and knew that was the path I wanted to pursue. Once accepted into the Master’s Program at UNMC, I returned home to Omaha and began my journey to become a Nurse Practitioner. While going through school, I worked initially on a cardiac progressive care unit. Missing my passion for oncology, I was able to start work at Nebraska Cancer Specialists, initially in radiology, then moving to infusion that allowed me the patient connection and relationship.
I began my Nurse Practitioner career in 2009 at NCS. Looking for a new challenge, I worked for the Omaha VA, where I assisted in getting their inpatient palliative care team established. I was also an active member on the ethics committee and helped out with the organization No Veteran Dies Alone. Working with veterans will always be near to my heart. Once Dr. Nordquist opened Urology Cancer Center, I was asked to join him as his Nurse Practitioner to fulfill his mission for sub-specialized oncology care. I have been here at Urology Cancer Center since 2011 and have enjoyed making close relationships with patients, family members and caregivers. I understand what it is like having a spouse go through life changing diagnoses and the uncertainties of treatment. I am here to help you navigate your journey. “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”– Isaiah 43:2