“My interests in science and anatomy initially drew me to medicine,” Amanda Horn, a nurse practitioner who recently joined Mercy Health – Wellington Primary Care, shares. “However, it was the caring for and connecting with others that drew me to nursing.”
Amanda worked as a registered nurse for six years and most her time was spent in the intensive care unit setting. It was after completing her degree as a nurse practitioner in 2014 that she began work in family medicine.
“I find joy in being an educator and advocate for my patients,” she says. “Being able to help prevent illnesses and chronic conditions from worsening became a goal of mine and drove me into my career as a nurse practitioner.”
Amanda enjoys the diversity in health concerns and challenges that come with being a primary care provider. These include pediatrics, women’s health, chronic conditions and preventative medicine.
“Family medicine is special because you really get to know your patients, their families and their friends,” Amanda says. “And more often than not, I’m caring for them all. I have taken care of many generations within the same family and it is fun getting to know each patient on a personal level.”
When it comes to working with her patients, Amanda takes a patient-centered approach to health care and sees herself as her patients’ advocate.
“Seeing my patients really commit to and improve upon their health is very rewarding to me,” she says. “I will always be in their corner rooting them on to be successful – rooting, nagging, encouraging – whatever is necessary!”
When reflecting on a specific patient experience that impacted her, Amanda shares a story about when she worked with a diabetic patient and was able to tell them their numbers had improved, and that they could stop medication.
“The pride and excitement on their face made all the hard work worthwhile. This is why I do this – helping people be successful in taking charge of their health.”
Amanda prides herself on treating each patient as an individual with their own unique needs. She takes time to make sure they know their care options and are involved in their care plan.
She adds, “I believe that having trust and mutual respect between the provider and the patient is the key to success. I would never recommend a treatment that I wouldn’t recommend for my own family member.”
In her free time, Amanda loves being outdoors and gardening. She also finds joy in playing with her two young sons and their 14-year-old beagle as well as spending time with her husband and extended family.
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