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A Member You Should Know
Raechel Ferry-Rooney DNP, APRN
Raechel Ferry-Rooney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult and Gerontology Nursing at Rush University in Chicago. Through the Rush CON Faculty Practice she also works in the Student Health Center at Wendell Phillips High School in Bronzeville, Chicago. Raechel also has her Internal Medicine practice at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, where she has practiced for over 12 years. In addition, Raechel serves on the ISAPN Board as Region 2 Chair. Raechel shared the following about herself.
The family practice that my family saw growing up had a Nurse Practitioner. While working at my first nursing job- Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston- I became frustrated with having to ask for permission from a resident to give a patient a medication so I sought the education required to order it myself. I loved being a nurse, so Nurse Practitioner was my logical route.
I have always been interested in public policy, so when I did my doctoral work, I focused on Population Health and Trauma Informed Care. It is the policy interest which also brings me to ISAPN. I have been a member of ISAPN almost since the beginning. In the 90s and early 2000s ISAPN gave me hope that professional recognition, title protection and eventual full practice authority would happen. ISAPN was an organized way to work toward this goal.
When asked what Raechel finds most rewarding in her career, she stated, "Human interaction. Whether it be a student that “gets it” after talking to me, a patient who expresses their needs to me, or a collegial conversation, I value the communication."
Healthcare is ever-changing. Raechel had this to say about how changes in healthcare affected her career path, “When thinking about this question I think of my 10 years at Fantus Health Center of Cook County. I loved that job! However, when management decided to downsize the APRN staff and gave us all pink slips, I decided to look elsewhere. That is how I ended up at UIC, and Rush thereafter."
When asked what advice she would share with new APRNs, Raechel said, “You will gain knowledge in every role you play. Do not worry that your current role isn’t where you want to be. Keep your eyes open for the opportunity you want to have, and fully experience life along the way."
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