Erlanger Primary Care
Connecting with the Community
Meredith Hamilton has wanted to be a nurse practitioner for as long as she can remember, and that dream has finally become a reality. “My passion is patient care,” says Hamilton, who recently joined Erlanger Primary Care. Up until then, Hamilton had worked for 27 years as a registered nurse including a few years spent serving others in the emergency room – something she notes has given her invaluable experience. Today, Hamilton sees patients at two locations on Signal Mountain and spends most of her time consulting with patients and their families about their health goals.
Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville, TN
Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
1. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
When I successfully navigated graduate school, working full time, raising two teenagers, and finally became a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Create one or two key habits that will have a cascade effect on your life such as exercising. This one habit alone improves your mood, sleep, energy, and stress level. Chances are you will eat healthier too.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Having my thoughts together, being a credible source of good information, and listening to my patients so they will feel comfortable bringing their concerns to me.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
The ability to be empathic. I strive to understand the patient’s condition from their perspective.
5. How do you choose the right procedure for your patients?
The connection matters! Patients don’t care what you know until they know you care.