I have dedicated my life to the service of others. I started my career at Duke Hospital after completing my BSN at Syracuse University. I went on to do travel nursing in the Washington, DC area. I returned to NC and completed almost 19 years at WakeMed Cary Hospital, which included four years as a staff nurse, four years as a clinical care coordinator for the Hospital Medicine Service, and eleven years as an inpatient case manager. I am returning to my home at Duke Hospital as a care manager in the Resource Center.
My nursing experience includes case management (inpatient and remote), chronic care management, dialysis (chronic, acutes, home therapies). I obtained my BSN from Jacksonville University.
I have over 15 years of nursing experience in various healthcare settings. I love working with patients, and their families, providing holistic care. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.
I have been a nurse for 25 years. Eighteen of those years have been at Duke Regional Hospital. I have mostly worked with cardiac patients and have recently in the past 3 years moved to case management. I love talking with my patients and helping them reach their health care goals.
My background is truly international and reflects most traditional characteristics of multiple amazing cultures I had the privilege to experience during my life. I speak several languages and play piano (used to be a piano teacher), love to cook for my family and adore my grandkids. Coming from Duke Raleigh Hospital Case Management Department, where I worked for the last 4 years, I have a special passion for Complex Case Management. I found it rewarding and enjoyed assisting patients with the safe discharges from the hospital. In particular, I enjoyed figuring out the reasons and barriers which prompted each patient to keep coming back to the ED or hospital, and then resolve them. I believe that I will be able to continue providing excellent services for the Population Health here at the Resource Center.
I worked as a case manager for 20 years in NY before re-locating to NC. I love educating patients to be able to self-manage their own health on a day-to-day basis. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to make a difference in their lives.
I have been a registered nurse since 1995 with all but two years in the Duke Health system. I spent five years at Duke Home Health and twenty years at Duke Regional ICU. I am originally from West Virginia, but I have lived in North Carolina long enough that both feel equally like home. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have four children. The thing I love the most about being a nurse is making a positive difference in the lives of my patients and their loved ones.