Psychiatry

SPOTLIGHT: Troyia Anderson helps get PES up and running

Before becoming a nurse in the Adult Psychiatric Emergency Services unit, Troyia spent 10 years working in the jail system, and she has a degree in Criminal Justice. Troyia is a three-time graduate from College of Saint Mary, and graduated with a post masters certificate in nursing December 2019 from UNMC, where she is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Troyia’s past nursing experience includes managing two psychiatric residential treatment facilities for a local healthcare organization, teaching mental health nursing for two local universities, women’s health (antepartum, postpartum, GYN), and for the last two years she worked as an intensive care nurse.

What made you apply to work at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine?
I’m new to the NM family as of June 2020. I’m extremely excited to be apart of opening the PES and look forward to continuing a lifelong career here at NM. 

How have the first few months of the PES gone?
We have used the first few months of opening PES to explore our opportunities and continue working on our strengths to ensure we are fully prepared to open to the public once that time comes. 

Why is the PES important to the community?
PES is important to the community because it helps bridge the gap for patients experiencing a mental health crisis in a timely manner. Perhaps this person does not necessarily need inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and needs additional outpatient resources and referrals. The space in PES also provides a therapeutic and safe environment for our patients that is free from the hustle and bustle of the medical ER and affords the medical ER the opportunity to keep space for patients who have strictly medical needs. 

What do you love about working in behavioral health?
My goal is to help destigmatize mental illness. I want individuals to understand how mental health impacts our ability to cope and function just as a physical illness may. I want people to understand that it does not discriminate and could be any of us or a loved one. 

What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies include traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family and two fur babies. 

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