At a young age, I longed to be in a profession where I could interact and help people. I grew up in a small rural community in southeast Nebraska where everyone knew each other and were always happy to lend a helping hand. Directly out of High School I began my nursing prerequisites at a community college in Lincoln and started Bryan LGH Nursing school in 2001. Upon graduating nursing school in 2003, I worked on a Med-Surg unit in Lincoln. During construction of the hospital, our unit was combined together with the Oncology floor and during that time, I realized my love for Oncology patients. I not only developed relationships with my patient’s but also their families and support systems. I then went on to work in hospital Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant units while doing travel nursing in California and Arizona. Eventually, I missed my home state of Nebraska and I returned to Lincoln where I worked at an outpatient Cancer Center as a chemotherapy infusion nurse. During my time there, I obtained my Oncology Nurse Certification (OCN). In 2012, my family moved to Gretna and I started working at Urology Cancer Center with Dr. Nordquist and team, as a research clinical nurse and also assisted in the infusion room. Ultimately, I wanted to help my patient’s more and advance my career to be a Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018. Being in Oncology now more than 17 years, I have learned about hope, grown stronger in my faith and gained compassion during numerous witnessed triumphs as well as defeats. There is an old saying that best describes my life and career path, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi. Treating cancer patients has become my passion and I will strive to guide my patients through their cancer journeys.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three kids. We love watching sports and being in the outdoors.