For Jenni Wilson, building relationships is not only key to her success as a nurse practitioner, it’s also part of what makes her so passionate about nursing. “I actually started my nursing career in a hospital and enjoyed getting to know patients, but once they left the hospital, I didn’t get to see them anymore,” she shares. “I went back to school so that I could have a career that allowed me to build more long-term relationships with my patients.” In 2016, Wilson joined the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga’s North Georgia office, where she has the opportunity to treat both vascular and wound patients – and develop long-lasting relationships with them. “I love working at VIC,” she says. “I’m fortunate to get to meet new people and help patients to live their best lives.”
“I love helping patients and making a difference in their day-to-day lives.”
1. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Often, patients are sent to our office as a last resort after having been told that they need an amputation. I have worked with patients who have undergone limb salvage procedures by our surgeons and then have been sent to me to help with wound care. My happiest moments are when I get to see patients walk out of our office with their wounds resolved and without an amputation.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Be proactive and take responsibility for your health. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, it is important to get those problems under control, even if you feel fine, before you begin to experience complications.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
When meeting new people, I try to be courteous and respectful of their time. My patients have made time in their schedules to come and see me, so I work to be prompt and to give them my full attention when they are in the office.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I am organized and detail-oriented. I think that those qualities help me to provide efficient and thorough care.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
I treat my patients the way that I would want my family members to be treated. I work hard to provide the same level of care that I would want my family to receive.
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