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|Meet April Odoms - A Member You Should Know|
A Member You Should Know
April Odoms APRN, FNP-BC
Advocate Medical Group
April Odom is working as an APRN with Advocate Medical Group as well as in a health and wellness clinic that integrates medical and holistic modalities. April also serves on the ISAPN Board as CNP Representative. April shared the following information about herself.
I enjoy my current practice because it allows me to practice autonomously and that I can influence practice, educate patients and families, and make positive changes in healthcare.
I always wanted to be in healthcare as I love helping people. It began in high school when I took a medical assistant course and knew healthcare was the field for me. Once I graduated nursing school, I worked on an inpatient rehabilitation unit for the earlier part of my career and realized that I could not physically be at the bedside long-term. However, I could not imagine my nursing career without patient care. So, when I applied to and was accepted in the NP program, I knew my nursing journey was to continue.
Becoming active in ISAPN through membership has made a difference to me. April states, “Membership in ISAPN has helped me because I have a support system and it has allowed me to connect with other APRN's whom I can collaborate with. I have been a member since I was a student in NP school and currently, am serving on the Board of Directors. Being involved in the only organization that advocates for APRNs in Illinois and allows me to be involved has helped me to increase my experience, confidence, and knowledge in various areas that I may not have had the opportunity to be exposed to.”
When asked what advice she would share with new APRNs April said, “As a new APRN the transition can be sometimes overwhelming, maybe even terrifying but you will make it! If possible, find a position that has a very good onboarding program or a preceptor who will help you during your transition. Use your resources and stay involved in professional organizations. Find a mentor who is willing to assist you through your journey and be passionate about what you do, the rest will fall into place.”