Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Career Interviews

OnlineFNPPrograms.com is committed to providing in-depth information to registered nurses who are interested in earning their MSN and pursuing a career as an APRN. To accomplish our goal, we have created an interview series featuring detailed interviews with nurse practitioners in fields such as Family Nursing, Pediatrics, Adult Gerontology Acute Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health. In this interview series, current and prospective MSN students can learn:

  • What a typical day on the job looks like for nurse practitioners across various fields
  • What challenges and rewards that APRNs face on the job
  • Advice for MSN students on preparing for a given specialization within advanced practice nursing during their program

Interview with Rebecca Lew, MS, FNP-BC, CDE – Family Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Lew is a family nurse practitioner at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Women’s Health Primary Care Department, where she provides primary care services, education, and advocacy to patients experiencing a wide range of chronic and acute health conditions.

Interview with Carmen Saunders, MSN, FNP-BC – Corporate Health Nurse Practitioner

Carmen Saunders is a corporate health nurse practitioner at Premise Health. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of nursing experience spanning diverse settings including hospital and clinic settings in addition to her corporate nursing experiences.

Interview with Maria Crain, CPNP AE-C – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Maria Crain is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner at the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano, Texas. At Children’s Health, she cares for children suffering from a wide range of allergic disorders.

Interview with Laura Hickman, MSN, FPMHNP-BC – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Hickman is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SBH), where she provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management services to clients across the age spectrum who are severely mentally ill and have been historically underserved in the health care system.

Interview with Kristen Campbell – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Campbell is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at New York Methodist Hospital. As a PNP, Ms. Campbell provides medical evaluations and care to acute and subacute patients with ages ranging from newborns to 20 years old. She also engages in clinical education of nursing and medical students as a Clinical Faculty member at Columbia University.

Interview with Jen Wiles, FNP-BC – Family Nurse Practitioner

Jen Wiles is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Minute Clinic, where she provides primary nursing care services to patients across the age spectrum. Prior to Minute Clinic, Ms. Wiles worked in perioperative inpatient settings, as well as in trauma and emergency care services.

Interview with Jenny Quinn, NNP-BC – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Practice Manager

Jenny Quinn is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Practice Manager at Northbay Healthcare, where she provides education, training, and leadership to medical staff within Northbay Healthcare’s NICU, and also collaborates with her colleagues to optimize patient care policies and procedures.

Interview with Renee Reed, ANP-C, GNP-BC – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Renee Reed is an Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) at Landmark Health, where she provides in-home primary care services to geriatric patients suffering from debilitating diseases. Prior to her role at Landmark Health, Ms. Reed provided primary care services to nursing home residents across three different nursing homes in the Portland, Oregon area.

Interview with Andrew Penn, RN, NP, CNS, PMHNP-BC – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Andrew Penn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner III at The Permanente Medical Group California, where he supports patients through a combination of psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, and medication management and monitoring. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing.

Interview with Janice Noort, FNP-BC, ACHPN – Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Janice Noort is a nurse practitioner at the University of California Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) in their Palliative Care Consult Service, where she provides clinical care, education, and advocacy to adult in-patient palliative care patients and their families.

Interview with Nancy Riffle, MS, WHNP – Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Nancy Riffle is a Nurse Practitioner at Sacred Heart Schools, where she provides nursing and first aid services to students and staff. Previously, she worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice and at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Interview with Ginny Angert – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Ginny Angert is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Associated Pediatricians and the Founder and Principal Consultant at EHR Optimize, a firm that specializes in IT solutions for healthcare institutions.

Interview with Dr. Mary Puchalski, DNP, APN, CNS, NNP-BC – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Mary Puchalski is a Clinical Assistant Professor and director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is also a practicing NNP in Rush University Medical Center’s level IV NICU.

Interview with Katherine Ford – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Katherine Ford is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Lakeway Regional Medical Center, where she administers, adjusts, and monitors anesthesia to patients across the age spectrum during surgery and other procedures.

Interview with Valerie Bell, DNP, CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Valerie Bell is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Miami Hospital, where she provides aneshesia services to a wide variety of patients. She is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Interview with Carol Darwin, MSN, AGNP-C – Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Carol Darwin is an Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner at Harrison County Emergency Department, where she cares for patients suffering from moderate to severe injuries or illnesses that need immediate treatment.

Interview with John Kenna, MSN, ACNP-BC – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

John Kenna is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina, and also worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing.

Interview with Shanda Wilson Sandridge, MSN, CPNP-AC - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Shanda Sandridge is a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner within the Pediatric Gastroenterology Department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she focuses on both Motility Disorders and Pediatric Obesity.

Interview with Kelly Ruemmele, MSN, PNP-BC – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Ruemmele is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who provides pediatric primary care medical services to patients in two private practices and across several community health care settings. She is also an Adjunct Nursing Instructor at Texas Woman’s University’s College of Nursing.

Interview with Patricia Jamo, MSN, PPCNP-BC – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Jamo is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner at Acute Care Pediatrics, where she provides primary care services such as well visits, illness management, behavioral health management services, and immunizations to patients from infancy to 18 years of age.

Interview with Mary Thiel, MSN, ACNP-BC – Adult Nurse Practitioner

Mary Thiel is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at Premier Health Partners, where she provides preventative care, disease management, prescriptions, and other primary care services to patients ages 14 and older.

Interview with Emily Weston, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Emily Weston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wentworth Health Partners, where she provides mental health assessments, medication management, and behavioral health care coordination services to patients.

Interview with Marla Conley, MSN, NNP-BC – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Marla Conley is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at at Kosair Children’s Hospital Neonatal Specialists, where she assesses the health and coordinates the care of premature and sick neonates.

Interview with Kimberly Zilske, MSN, ACNP-BC – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly Zilske is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who works in Pulmonary Critical Care at Memorial Hermann Health System, where she provides direct care to patients in the ICU, performs care coordination duties, and educates patients on managing their conditions.

Interview with Karina Berge, MSN, FNP-BC – Family Nurse Practitioner

Karina Berge is a Nurse Practitioner II in the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgical Department at UC Davis Medical Center, where she provides acute medical care and case management services to pediatric patients suffering from heart disease.

Interview with Jennifer Horch Cromar, MSN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

Jennifer Horch Cromar is a Certified Nurse Midwife at Marin Community Clinics, where she provides primary and reproductive care to women, educates patients on gynecological health, and also cares for newborns.

Interview with Dr. Lisa Ring, DNP, CPNP, AC-PC – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Lisa Ring is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s National Health System, where she has served patients in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Surgery within Burn/Trauma Services, and Emergency Medicine.

Interview with Derrick Love-Jones, MSN, AGPCNP-BC – Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Derrick Love-Jones is an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who is also the founder and CEO of Nephrology Rounding Solutions, a company that manages several primary care clinics and sends Nephrology Nurse Practitioners to medical facilities throughout the nation.

Interview with Dawn Clark, CRNA, MSN, DNP – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Dr. Dawn Clark is the Assistant Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for Kaiser Permanente’s Antioch Medical Center, where she provides anesthesia to patients and fulfills administrative duties such as coordinating improvements to policies and procedures.

Interview with Terri Jo Peterson, MSN, NNP-BC – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Terri Jo Peterson is a neonatal nurse practitioner with over 35 years of experience caring for premature and critically ill neonates. Ms. Peterson coordinates the care of and provides direct medical care to newborn infants, works closely with patients’ families, and instructs hospital staff on neonatal resuscitation.

Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Wirth-Tomaszewski, DNP, AGACNP – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Elizabeth Tomaszewski is the Track Director and an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University. She also practices clinical work at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, where she sees patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

Interview with Julie Stembridge, MSN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

Julie Stembridge, MSN, CNM is a certified nurse midwife at WakeMed Physician Practices, where she provides primary health care services and full-scope midwifery care to women of all ages. She also attends deliveries in the hospital setting and provides medical care to mothers before, during, and after labor.

Interview with Jennie Joyner, MSN, PACNP-BC, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Jennie Joyner is a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center’s Pediatrix Medical Group, where she assesses the health of newborns and provides health care services to mildly ill infants. Prior to this role, she cared for critically ill pediatric patients in the PICU at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Interview with Charlie Myers, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Charlie Myers is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at John Muir Behavioral Health Center. As a PMHNP, she completes psychiatric evaluations of incoming patients, manages their medications, and provides psychiatric consultations and discharge planning.

Interview with Loryn Ashton, MSN, WHNP – Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Loryn Ashton is women’s health nurse practitioner at Southwest Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she provides primary and gynecological care services to adolescent girls and women across the lifespan. She also provides remote gynecological consultations to patients through the Maven mobile application.

Interview with Michelle Edwards, MS, AGACNP-BC, CCRN - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Edwards is a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner for the Palo Alto VA Hospital, where she manages the health of veterans suffering from complex and/or critical illnesses. Prior to this role, Ms. Edwards worked as a Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii.

Interview with Amanda Ruch, MS, AGPCNP-BC – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Ruch is an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at National Spine and Pain Centers, where she delivers palliative and primary care services to patients struggling with acute and chronic pain.

Interview with Jodie Simms, MSN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

Jodie Simms is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Lisa Roth Birth & Women’s Health Center, where she provides gynecological and obstetrical care such as women’s health examinations, prenatal care, childbirth education, birth control consultations, and labor and delivery services to a diverse patient population.

Interview with Jessica Dean Murphy, MSN, PACNP-BC – Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Dean Murphy is a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at MEDNAX. As a PACNP, Ms. Murphy provides full-scope care, including physical assessments, medication administration, and care coordination services to critically ill children suffering from a variety of acute conditions such as diabetes, cancer, traumatic injury, and asthma.

Interview with Alexandra Sherman, MSN, WHNP-BC – Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Alexandra Sherman is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Alameda Health System, where she provides reproductive health examinations, screenings for breast and cervical cancers, family planning and contraception guidance, and patient education and support around reproductive health issues.

Interview with Sonya Jubb, MSN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

Sonya Jubb is a Certified Nurse Midwife at John Muir Medical Center, where she provides women’s health care and full-scope midwifery care. Prior to her current role, she worked as a CNM at La Clinica De La Raza and El Rio Community Center, and engaged in international service and social welfare programs.

Interview with Alison Young, MSN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife

Alison Young is a certified Nurse Midwife at Santa Rosa Women’s Health and Birth Center, where she provides women across the lifespan with gynecological care and full-scope midwifery care. Before her current position, she worked at Feather River Midwifery and The GW Medical Faculty Associates.