Monday, September 19, 2016
Kara Pool, Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner is a new full-time provider at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics. Kara is Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Kara grew up in Hyde Park, VT and received her BSN (Magna Cum Laude) at American International College in Springfield, MA. She worked at North Country Hospital in Labor and Delivery and Pediatrics for a year. For the next 7 years, while attending school at UMass-Amherst to earn her Doctorate, she worked with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Island Counties, taking care of medically complex children in their homes.
Kara has always wanted to be a nurse practitioner working with children. “Children are fun, and I like to have fun! Additionally, I can help them lay the groundwork to maintain good health into their adulthood.” Completion of her doctorate program prepared her to become a change agent as well as a leader in the areas of quality improvement, patient care, and systems delivery. A couple of the many reasons Kara chose to pursue her doctorate include the implementation of evidence-based practices and her love of research. She appreciates the collaboration with community organizations, other health professionals, patients and families to ensure that children get the best care possible.
She has received a warm welcome at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics, with providers and staff being very supportive. “There’s a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and information here. I feel fortunate that I’m able to practice with such a gifted staff.”
Dr. Mark Price, Medical Director at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics said of Kara’s arrival, “We are excited to have Kara join our practice. Her previous experience as an OB nurse, as well as her caring with pediatric patients with chronic, high tech healthcare needs is advantageous. Her training and experience in motivational interviewing in dealing with chronic health issues is great for our patients and their families.”
Kara and her husband Patrick live in Middlebury, VT with their two dogs. They delight in decorating their house extensively during Halloween for the local children! Otherwise, they love to hike and spend time with family.