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Healthcare Heroes | Dana Stinnett, NP
December 1, 2020
What is your official Title?
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner at Watertown Regional Medical Center – Johnson Creek
How long have you been at Watertown Regional Medical Center? Have you always been in the same position?
I have been with WRMC for 12 years. I started as a nurse at the hospital on the inpatient floor and followed that up by working in the emergency department for 10 years. I have been working as a family practice Nurse Practitioner for 3 years, including 2 at the Johnson Creek location.
What do you enjoy most about working at Watertown Regional Medical Center?
I enjoy my co-workers. They are a great staff. We work well as a team and everybody cares about our patients health and well-being so it works really well.
What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
I have always wanted to get into a field where I could help people and nursing was a perfect fit. That’s also why I went back for my Master’s and became a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to help people with their next level of care and figure out what’s wrong so I can work with them on a solution to fix it. It’s a fun mystery to solve.
What would you say to somebody wanting to get into your profession?
It’s a lot of fun and always changing, it's nice to know there is always additional options and avenues you can choose to pursue. It's also very rewarding, it’s great seeing patients get better and get healthier and know that you had a part in it.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
I spend as much time as I can with my family and enjoy spending time outside gardening and taking care of the chickens and other animals on our hobby farm. I have also enjoyed getting out to travel but COVID has put a damper on that. When I have alone time you'll probably find me reading. What you won't find me spending a lot of my time doing is cooking and cleaning :).
What is one thing you’re doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
I make sure to stay at home as much as possible and when I do go out, I always wear a mask and practice social distancing. My family has been isolating ourselves from outside family and friends so we can help stop the spread and I chose to have my kids do virtual learning so they can help stop the spread too. It's important that I stay healthy so I can keep taking care of my patients.