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Work experience

Jan 2008Present

Volunteer and Freelance

Lactation Consultant

Provided lactation education and consultation in addition to other parenting support, to at-risk and adolescent mothers as a part of a Port Angeles, WA, Olympic Medical Center maternal-child health program.  Since 2008, I have also provided both volunteer and freelance lactation consultation to new families including families of multiples, families of NICU graduates, and families with babies who have special needs.

Feb 2015Present

Co-founder, publisher

Brain Mill Press LLC

Co-founded and run a traditional, medium-sized publishing house, operating and distributing globally. Brain Mill Press publishes fiction and poetry. Involved in the day to day operations of the press including acquisitions, production, marketing, planning, and management. 

Sep 2014Apr 2015

Adjunct Faculty

University of Wisconsin, Madison, College of Nursing
Oct 2013Oct 2014

Nurse Practitioner

Beloit Health Systems

Primary Care Provider for Beloit College students at the Beloit College Student Health Clinic. I provide evidence- based routine, ambulatory sick, and chronic management care to a diverse population of patients, as well as significant education and outreach, as an autonomous provider.  Primary provider of well women's health, STI education/diagnosis/treatment, and reproductive health services.

Jul 2012Aug 2013

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Lactation Consultant

Messick and Thompson Pediatrics
Aug 2010Jun 2012

Graduate Assistant

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Academic Success Specialist for The Ohio State University's BSN major in Pathophysiology I-III and Fundamentals of Nursing I-III.  I create customized materials, presentations, and support for BSN majors in their first year as well as present lectures in both success strategies and course didactics.  I also provide grading and instructional support for senior faculty.  

Sep 2002Sep 2008

Student Development Center Educational Planner

Peninsula College

Multiple Administrative Duties Included:

Director of federally-funded TRiO program for first-generation and at-risk students

Director of Sound of Unity program for diversity and programming in the arts

Director of Martin Luther King Jr. Day special events

Administrative Unit Planning, including budget management and requests

Accreditation report writing

Educational Planning and Advising for multiple student populations

Committee and special project service on behalf of both administration and instruction

Aug 1999Aug 2002

Instructor, Editor

University of Idaho

Teaching Duties Included:

Sections of introductory and advanced composition writing

Sections of advanced poetry writing

New graduate teaching assistant orientation

Curriculum development

Editing Duties Included:

Chief Poetry Editor for University of Idaho literary journal Fugue

Aug 1997May 1999

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Iowa State University

Teaching Duties Included:

Sections of introductory and advanced composition writing

Tutoring in Iowa State University Writing Center

Curriculum development


Sep 2008Present

Master of Science

The Ohio State University

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 

4.0/4.0, graduate pediatric coursework

3.9/4.0, overall

Full-time graduate student in The Ohio State University College of Nursing Graduate-Entry program in primary care pediatrics.  Blessing Scholar, LEND maternal-child health fellowship recipient, and College of Nursing graduate assistant fellow.  Anticipated graduation in June 2012.  Certification exam in June 2012.  

Aug 1999May 2002

Master of Fine Arts

University of Idaho


Full scholarship and teaching assistant recipient.  Chief poetry editor of university literary magazine.  Majority of thesis (collection of poetry) accepted for publication in national journals.  Worked with United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and other important U.S. writers including Mark Doty, Sonia Sanchez, Charles Baxter, and Dorianne Laux.  

Aug 1997May 1999

Master of Arts

Iowa State University


Hograth Fellow for promise in scholarship.  First Iowa State University humanities graduate student to receive Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for a Master's thesis.  

Aug 1993May 1997

Bachelor of Arts in English

Baker University

Summa Cum Laude, minors in music performance, German, and educational psychology 

Full English Department scholarship recipient.  Grades 8-12 English Education major with Kansas State Board of Education Certification.  Maintained first-chair cello position in university orchestra.  Alto in select choir and chamber choir.  Founder and Editor of Baker University news magazine Ad Astra.  


Office Equipment and Procedures
Proficient in a variety of software-based office systems and skills including scheduling, macro and micro organization, and project leadership. Comfortable with office equipment and use.  Experience with administrative unit planning, budget management, employee supervision and management, and committee work and collaboration.  
Undergraduate teaching experience in writing, research, pathophysiology, and nursing fundamentals.  Adult learning teaching in BLS and Advanced BLS in a variety of settings.  Family education in lactation and parenting.  
Written Communication and Research
Research and writing skills applied in a variety of settings, including state and federal level administration.  Master's level preparation in written communication, expression, and research, as well as teaching experience.
Lactation Procedures
Lactation procedures include manual and pump expression, human milk fortification, manual expression of clogged ducts and nipple blebs, nursing bra fitting, SNS fitting and use, nipple shield fitting and use, and use of special needs feeding devices such as Haberman nipples.  Also proficient in challenges to lactation including galactagogue recommendation and referral for prescribing, NICU graduate pump to breast transition, latching babies with special needs, and postpartum depression.  
Proficient in clinical nursing skills within the inpatient setting including IVs, advanced vitals, fluid and medication administration (all routes), wound care and dressings, suture removal, oxygenation, line care and maintenance (including VP shunts) and ambulation with a variety of devices.  Didactically trained in suture placement, basic incision and drainage, and benign lesion removal. Well-woman exams and procedures, including basic microscopy. Majority of training in pediatric setting.
Completion of advanced didactics in prescribing, including legal considerations.  Currently completing clinical practice education leading to graduation in the state of Ohio which culminates in a one-year prescribing externship.  
Electronic Medical Record
Professionally trained in clinical education and practice in the use of a variety of electronic medical records from a practical and theoretical standpoint.  


Tara Girard, RN

Director of Beloit College Student Health Clinic at Beloit Health Systems. 

Linda Daley PhD RN

Supervisor for instruction at The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Karen Ahijevych PhD RN FAAN

Dean overseeing graduate assistantships


Professor overseeing didactic education for advanced practice.

Diane Sheets MS RN

Faculty supervisor for Graduate Assistantship

Craig Thompson MD

Partner at Messick and Thompson Pediatrics.


Supervises advanced practice clinical education.

Edna Menke PhD RN CPNP

Graduate advisor

Clinical Education Experiences

Nationwide Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center January 2012-Present

This NCH Clinic provides multidisciplinary investigation of child sexual and physical abuse for the region surrounding the Columbus, OH area.  Teams include mental health, social workers, child protection service case workers, forensic interviewers, and medical professionals working together to investigate abuse cases.


Multidisciplinary collaboration

Child sexual and physical abuse objective identification

Education modules in injury and normal anatomy

Colposcope use

Forensic medical exam

Forensic interview observation

Messick and Thompson Pediatrics June 2011-Present

This  primary care practice is led by two board certified pediatricians who manage the health of 20,000 pediatric clients in the Columbus area.


Management, assessment, and documentation of well children Birth-21

Management, assessment, and treatment of sick children Birth-21

Management, assessment, and treatment of chronic conditions Birth-21

Prescription writing and management

Anticipatory Guidance education for families, including the use of Bright Futures guidelines from the AAP

Immunization schedule management

Referral and follow-up management

Free Pediatric Assessment Clinics through The Ohio State University College of Nursing    April 2011-Present

The Ohio State University College of Nursing graduate program in pediatric studies is fully committed to providing full-service outreach to low-income and underserved pediatric clients in the Columbus urban environment in a variety of settings including low income schools, refugee family schools, and sponsored health fairs.  


Head to toe assessment and documentation of preschool-school age children

Referral and follow-up on behalf of preschool-school age children

Nationwide Children's Hospital Neurology Unit

This acute care unit manages medical and surgical patients of the neurology service.


Seizure identification and care

Shunt management 

Care and identification of patients with traumatic brain injury

Pre and Post-surgical care

Medical-Surgical nursing skills, procedures, and documentation

Care of the neurologically devastated patient

Leadership including charge nursing and unit management 

Nationwide Children's Hospital Headache Clinic

This specialty clinic assesses, manages, treats, and follows pediatric clients with chronic headaches.


Full neurological exam and history

Review of different categories and treatment options for pediatric headache.

General Nursing Clinical Education

New Life Mission Nursing Clinic

I was part of The Ohio State University College of Nursing group that established and managed a free nursing clinic for the transient and low-income population that frequented this mission.

The Ohio State University Harding Hospital Pediatric Unit

This inpatient unit provides psychiatric and behavior health management to pediatric clients.

The Ohio State University Medical Center

High-acuity medical-surgical nursing unit for post-surgery cancer patients.

Riverside Methodist Hospital Maternal-Child Health

Post-partum care and well-baby nursing, as well as nursing care in labor and delivery and NICU.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Infectious Disease Unit

Inpatient unit for pediatric clients with infectious disease.

The Ohio State University Medical Center

High-acuity trauma unit for medical and surgical inpatients.

The Ohio State University Medical Center-East

Musculoskeletal medical-surgical unit.  

Lectures and Presentations

Professional Portfolio

Honors and Publications

Honors in the Professional and Academic Field of Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau

Honor and leadership society of nursing.

Blessing Scholar

Scholarship for academic accomplishment in nursing sciences.

Ohio State College of Nursing Graduate Fellowship

Graduate administrative assistant fellowship awarded by the college of nursing to provide faculty support in pathophysiology and nursing fundamentals. 

LEND Fellowship Recipient

A maternal-child health federal program supporting healthcare provider competency in neurobiological difference.

Publications in the Professional Field of Nursing

Freelance writer for NAPNAP's (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) family education magazine Ready, Set, Grow!

Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer Lactation Provider for Low-Income Families  Present

Port Angeles, WA and Columbus, OH.

Learn and Play Saturdays  Present

Nutrition and activity education for low-income families in Columbus, OH.

BLS Instructor for Low Income Families  Present

Providing American Heart Association basic adult/child/infant life-saving courses for at-risk and low-income families in Columbus, OH.

Olympic Medical Center  2006-2008

Parenting education topics open to families of all incomes on a variety of topics in Columbus, OH.

Group Facilitator for Adolescent Mothers  2006-2008

Led group personal and parenting activities for adolescent mothers as part of a maternal-child health program for this population in Port Angeles, WA.

Lactation Educator for Adolescent and At-Risk Mothers  2007-2008

Provided lactation feedback and education in a group setting for at-risk families.  

Dream Center Creative Writing Instructor  2002-2007

Offered creative writing classes for homeless adolescents staying in a United Way-funded shelter in Port Angeles, WA.

Port Angeles, WA School District Creative Writing Instructor  2003-2006

Offered a creative writing module to third-fifth graders in the Port Angeles, WA public school district.

Creative Writing Instructor for At-Risk Teen Center  1999-2002

Provided conversation and journaling classes for at-risk adolescents in Moscow, ID Teen Center. 

Creative Writing Instructor for Incarcerated and Substance-Recovering Adolescents  1997-1999

Provided poetry and journaling classes for incarcerated adolescents preparing to transition from halfway houses and from substance recovery programs in Ames, Iowa.  


Prescribing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with significant experience in primary care practice offering evidence-based care of families, adolescents, and young adults, and maternal/child health. I have utilized my professional skills in lactation support and education in the practice setting, including providing an reimbursable services to breastfeeding mother and infants.  I have integrated my profession administrative and education skills in my most current practice settings for a health system clinic in service to a campus community, including reproductive health services.I have the privilege to work in a clinical environment that encourages collaboration with colleagues and publication.

Personal Introduction

My partner, Ruth, and I live in Green Bay, WI. I am the mother of a nine-year-old who is a student at Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, and an eight-year-old stepson enrolled in Spanish education at Baird elementary. I enjoy reading, local adventuring, letterpress printing, activism, and traveling. I am a voracious reader and writer and a published author with Random House. 


NCAST Certified in PCI Scale Assessment for both Feeding and Teaching

NCAST, University of Washington Maternal-Child Health

Provider education in Maximizing Office Based Immunization "MOBI"

Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

BLS Trainer and Educator

American Heart Association

Human Lactation Consultant and Educator

Bastyr University, The Simkin School for Allied Birth Education
Jun 2012Present

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

State of Ohio July 2, 2012
Jun 2012Present

Registered Nurse

State of Ohio Board of Nursing
Oct 2013Present

Registered Nurse

State of Wisconsin
Oct 2013Present

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, prescribing

State of Wisconsin