Nurse practitioners are a growing sector of the health industry, especially as urgent care centers and walk-in clinics become more popular. Here in Houston, there is always a need for more qualified nurse practitioners. Lou Diamond Rosenfeld discusses her work as a nurse practitioner and how her education has helped her along the way.
What degree program did you study?
“My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, The State of Texas requires a Master’s in Nursing for a Nurse Practitioner License. I have a Master’s of Nursing in Emergency Department Administration and then 10 years later, I returned to school to fulfill the requirements for a Nurse Practitioner License.”
What does your current position entail?
“My role as a nurse practitioner is one of the primary health care consultants for women of all ages. As a health practitioner, I make a diagnosis based on a patient’s complaints and history, physical assessment, laboratory results and radiology studies. Writing prescriptions for medications, discussing lifestyle changes, goals and expectations are part of the health care management of the patient. Each state has slightly different roles for nurse practitioners. In Texas, a NP is under the direct supervision of a MD. This allows for an ongoing opportunity for collaboration, referral and evaluation of the patients.”
Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?
“My advice for a career in nursing would be to apply oneself in school. You never know when you might get to use some information you have. Then maximize any and all clinical experiences available to you. Most important for a good nurse is to practice and develop good attentive listening skills.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.