I grew up in a farming community in west central Ohio, and I pursued liberal arts degrees at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduating, I worked for 3 years in the medical malpractice insurance industry. When my stepfather and stepsister became ill, I moved back home to pursue a nursing career, and I obtained my education at the Ohio State University. I began working for Nationwide Children's in 2007 as a registration specialist, and upon licensure as a registered nurse in 2008, started my career caring for extremely premature and/or ill newborns. I completed the Master's portion of my nursing program in 2011 and passed the NCC certification exam for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. After some soul searching and growth in my personal life, I ultimately decided to remain at the bedside as a staff nurse caring for my tiny patients. As part of the largest neonatal inpatient network in the country, I joined the neonatal nurse staffing float pool, and I had the opportunity to float between all of the NCH neonatal ICUs in the Columbus area for 4 years. I currently utilize my education and passion for teaching to enhance the experience of and foster the competence and confidence of medical, nursing, and patient care staff to provide the safest and most effective evidence-based care to our precious patient population as an Education Nurse Specialist for the Perinatal Outreach department.