Helping Nurses Make a Difference!
“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” —Unknown
Lies in caring for patients with mental and physical illnesses, assessing and recognizing changes in patient condition quickly, developing and implementing individualized care plans, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, and providing patient education. I am also a capable leader who is adept at managing resources effectively while motivating and mentoring nursing staff to reach their full potential.
Passion for Nursing and Education
Providing real-world experience and support to help new nurses develop their clinical skills, and more experienced nurses expand their knowledge.
everything has a beginning, This is mine…
I’ve been a nurse for as long as I can remember. Some of my early memories are of my mom taking me to the hospital to see my dad. He needed to be seen on occasion due to his failing kidneys.
I was definitely a dad’s girl so I wanted to see him wherever he was. I also enjoyed going to the hospital because of the nurses. They were amazing! They would allow me to silence the alarming IV pump before they tended to his needs. And as a child, I actually thought it was my doing that nursed my dad back to health.
Before he got sick, my dad was a teacher and invested an enormous amount into our early education; Along with my mom who is amazing and an incredibly hard worker, they both undoubtedly influenced my career choice. Between my dad’s encouragement of lifelong learning and my mother’s work ethic, I knew nursing was what I was supposed to do.
My Career in Nursing
As an RN I’ve worked in acute care looking after pre and post-lung transplant patients. I’ve done home health and traveled a bit (locally) working as an agency nurse. Along the way, I’ve received several promotions. I’ve held charge nurse, supervisor, and senior nurse positions. One of the most rewarding things I’ve done is precepting new nurses. I absolutely love teaching.
Several years back my dad passed, and I was completely devasted. So much so that I developed extreme anxiety and needed medication for a time. And to think I didn’t enjoy my psych rotation in nursing school. Now I seemed to understand… mental health wasn’t a thing until it was everything. I worked as a psychiatric nurse for several years, utilizing my experience and knowledge to help patients. In fact, I’m happy to say that I have recently completed my degree and now have my Doctorate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner!
My mission is to help nurses, current and future. I’m passionate about providing resources and support to nurses everywhere. I can’t wait to see what the future of nursing holds and what we can contribute to the profession. Thanks for joining me!
Dr. Aneesah Coates DNP, PMHNP-BC