We are pleased to present the next in our weekly series introducing you to Internal Medicine’s Advanced Practice Providers. In addition to sharing information about where they work in the department, we asked them each to tell us a little bit about their “Why” (the sustaining pull for their work) and what relaxes them. (Read previous weeks’ installments.)
Service: Internal Medicine Hospitalist. I rotate between MAPPS/OBS; anywhere they need me.
Years with Internal Medicine: Three years as APP; however, 15 years ago started as UIHC inpatient RN in Cardiology ( 4JCW – a unit long gone to a bigger and better CVICU) then 4RC.
Specialty or service I almost chose instead of this one: Cardiology or TCV/Thoracic surgery
One of my favorite moments in this job: Observing the impact we make on patients and their families every day. I also love learning new things, applying them to improve patient outcomes. The Internal Medicine Hospitalist service has a wide variety of learning opportunities and case studies.
What restores me for the work: Spending time with my family—husband, Derick, and kids, Nyle and Peyton, friends, therapy, watching movies, and exercising daily between running, Barre class, and Peloton.
Coworkers I enjoy working with: All of them, especially all my fellow APPs! Internal Medicine is fantastic at hiring intelligent, hardworking professionals who all contribute and make work a great environment. Stuart with inpatient pharmacy is a great resource for medications management. I also have to send a shoutout to Claire McKinley, staff of the psychiatric department. We consult psychiatry frequently and she has assisted numerous times on inpatient consulting service. Our psych nurses Janet and Karen also do not get enough credit for the work they do. Care coordinators are fantastic to ensure a smooth transition for outpatient. Top notch UIHC employee is Jessi Williams, social worker for 6RC. if UIHC had ten more Jessi Williams, our inpatient length of stay would see a significant decrease. She is a social worker wizard. In general, all social workers need to get more money and credit for the amount of time and energy they give to patients. We appreciate you!
Katie cares for every patient with empathy and expertise. I love working with her.
– – Jessi Williams, MSW