As part of our Nurse Practitioner’s week feature, our second spotlight features Ann Fitzgerald, Nikki Regan, and Christine Tran, who serve our Specialty Care Clinic patients.
Nikki Regan (on left)
A graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing – Lincoln for both her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing, Nikki’s journey originally started towards biochemistry until she realized a lab environment did not provide her the opportunity serve others. She quickly found nursing, which provided the perfect combination of her love for science and caring for others. For many years, during nursing school and after, Nikki volunteered at Camp Kindle, which provides camps free of cost for kids and teens with HIV. The time spent at Camp Kindle would inspire Nikki to go to Nurse Practitioner school to increase her autonomy and skill set.
As a Nurse Practitioner at the Specialty Care Clinic, Nikki enjoys the collaborative environment with the faculty that constantly provides teaching moments. Nikki embraces the challenges that come with her role but finds her ability to serve our patients to be rewarding and gratifying.
Ann Fitzgerald (middle)
A graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (BSN) and the University of California, Los Angeles (MSN-FNP), Ann was drawn to healthcare from her desire to help people and passion for science. Ann’s mother was also a nurse, which solidified her decision to join the field. Ann contemplated between Medical School and Nurse Practitioner School and chose Nurse Practitioner School because of her love of nursing.
As a Nurse Practitioner at our Specialty Care Clinic, Ann enjoys the collaborative environment she participates in every day serving our patients. She finds it rewarding to use her skills and talents with the Specialty Care team to improve the health of the patients in our community.
Christine Tran (on right)
A graduate from Marquette University (BSN), Creighton University (MSN) and UNMC(DNP), Christine’s journey originally started toward business but was redirected to nursing in part from her love of science, working with others, and her two aunts who were nurses that she admired. Immediately after graduation, Christine volunteered as an RN with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), where she served the homeless in Cleveland, OH. During her time with JVC, Christine valued the independence and patient continuity the role provided that it was apparent she wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner.
As a Nurse Practitioner at the Specialty Care Clinic, Christine finds her role rewarding through the holistic care, physical, emotional, and social, provided for the patients of the Specialty Care Clinic. Christine enjoys the camaraderie and collaboration that the Specialty Care Clinic provides, but also the independence that her role enables her to serve patients. Christine acknowledges that she is very fortunate that her patients let her into their lives in such as personal way.
Thank you Nikki, Ann and Christine for your excellent care of patients!
Content courtesy of Jonathan Nguyen.