I began my professional career in the printing and publishing industry in 1991, after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Graphic Communications. I worked for Gruner + Jahr, a German company, and initially and spent a year abroad. I eventually transferred to the corporate division of a larger printing company, and oversaw many large-scale project implementations and technology changes.
I returned to school in 2004, and entered the bridge program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and became an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. My first NP role was with Vanderbilt’s Heart Transplant program. I enjoyed learning to take care of these complex patients, and developing the clinical team as the program grew from 12 transplants per year, to now over 120 transplants annually. I was the Lead APN for several years, and in 2017 transitioned to a Manager role, after completing a Master’s of Management in Health Care. I have responsibility for four clinical groups: Heart and Lung Transplant, Organ Procurement, and Organ Preservation. The Lung Transplant program is now on a similar growth trajectory, and we are reviewing processes, staffing models, and clinic design to accommodate the growth.
I have also served as a consultant to several transplant centers around the country, helping them to identify best practices, establish regulatory compliance, and helping them to evaluate the best structures for their programs.