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YON 2020 Day 249: Vanessa Votypka, APRN, CNP, CPNP, FNP-C

The pandemic caused a need for nurse practitioner Venessa Votypka, APRN, CNP, CPNP, FNP-C, to transition to seeking patients online. She describes her path in nursing, discusses how her degree in Bioethics enriches her practice, and shares insights with future nurses.

I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare. When I was 17 years old and looking at college brochures, the profile of the nursing program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) caught my attention. It was at that point that I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I felt drawn to it immediately. I started nursing school when I was 18 and I haven’t looked back. It has not always been the easiest journey, but it has definitely been worth it. After nine years of bedside nursing, I went back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner and started the MSN program at CWRU. Now I am dually certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Simultaneously I obtained my MA in Bioethics through their dual degree program.

Having a background in bioethics has helped shape my understanding of difficult decisions that need to be made on a daily basis in our profession. I am also passionate about access to care. I recently transitioned to telemedicine, working for Express Care Online at Cleveland Clinic. COVID-19 really brought our service and telemedicine in general to the forefront. We quickly became the fastest way for patients to access care without having to go into a facility for a visit.

Being part of a team that adapted so quickly is truly amazing. We have great leadership and we work very well together. That has really solidified my passion for distance health. I would let future nurses know that there are so many ways to practice, and you should keep an open mind. The journey may not be the one you expect, but you will end up exactly where you are meant to be.

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