An Associate Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Carol Savrin, DNP, RN, CPNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, is the Lead Faculty member for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. As we conclude National Nurse Practitioners Week, we congratulate Dr. Savrin for being selected for the 2021 Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence in Ohio from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Being an NP, in her words, is “a life changing activity.”
It was 2 years out of my BSN program, and I was working for a health department in upstate New York. My supervisor asked if I would be interested in working in a new grant funded activity called Young Mother's Educational Development (YMED). This was a collaboration between the health department and the school system. In those days, pregnant teens were not allowed in school, as it was feared that they were a bad influence. This grant started an entirely separate school for pregnant teens. The school had all the basic courses and teachers, but it also had an RN (me) and an LPN as well as two nurseries—one for newborns to 1 year olds and the other for children over 1 year of age. I worked there for the next two years. During that time, each week we had a physician come to examine and care for the babies and one who came and did routine care for the pregnant teens. The pediatrician taught me all about how to care for the babies so that I could be his eyes and ears if there were problems. My fascination with becoming a nurse practitioner began there.
One year later, I was in a different city again working for a health department. An opportunity arose to apply for a nurse practitioner program (NP) that would be funded by the health department. I was lucky enough to be chosen and have been an NP ever since.
To quote a famous ball player, the NP role has been very, very good to me. I have had the opportunity to work in a really large number of different clinical situations, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach nurse practitioners in the role. Along the way, I have been president of one national NP organization, treasurer of another national organization, chair of several other national committees and task forces. I have had the chance to influence the policies that impact the NP role nationally.
In addition, I have had the opportunity to present the NP role internationally and teach graduate students internationally as well. The NP role has given me immense satisfaction over the years and continues to do so.