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Dedication to Better Care Drives Nurse Practitioner

Approximately 234,000 nurse practitioners are licensed in the United States; each of them plays a key role in health care. With an aging population increasing demand for primary care services in particular, nurse practitioners are helping meet patients’ needs. Geraldine Holtz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, explains what led her to a career in health care.

This was the best decision I ever made.
— Geraldine Holtz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC


Why did you become a nurse?

After graduating high school, I always had the desire to help patients who were sick or injured. I wanted to become a role model for those around me. After discussing my desire with a college counselor, she suggested I consider nursing. This was the best decision I ever made.

What led you to becoming an APRN?

I spent many years as a telemetry nurse and found myself wanting to learn more so I could offer more to my patients. I transitioned into intensive care, emergency department and trauma nursing. As I matured in these areas, I felt I had more to offer. The nurse practitioner role was appealing; it had all the elements I wanted. Not only can I continue to make a difference as a nurse, I am now able to manage care in an autonomous role.

What is your secret for success in nursing?

"I think my success is driven by my desire to embrace ongoing learning, accept change, teach others and stay humble.

How do you build your resilience?

I set goals for myself. I learn from my mistakes, and embrace challenge and failure. Striving to maintain competence and confidence through ongoing evidence-based research is my key to success.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by an ongoing ambition to make a difference for the better. To see a difference and the appreciation the patient expresses because of your care — that is what inspires me.

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