Why I Care: Dr. Lisa Western
[MUSIC PLAYING] So I am at my core a nurse. I was a registered nurse for eight years,
and then I went back and got my doctorate to be a DNP. And now I can practice and provide medical care
for all individuals, the whole family. My mom was a nurse, and so from a young age I watched my mother help people.
And I thought, well, I think that's what I want to do. And fortunately, it worked out that I liked it. [LAUGHTER] It is thrilling when you talk with a patient
and spend tons of time with them regarding an issue, and they got better, and they feel better, and not just
from a physical standpoint, but from a mental standpoint. So nurses and nurse practitioners are here to advocate and care for you.
The reason that I did not become an M.D. and went the route of the doctorate of nursing practice is because I've always had my hands on the patients.
And I want to be with the patient, and I want to treat the whole patient, not just the disease.
I think that nurses are uniquely trained to do that. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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