“Being a Hopkins nurse means relationships and experiences that help me succeed in all aspects of nursing.”
My career path has been unexpected yet unimaginably satisfying. I knew I wanted to do something beyond a bachelor’s degree, like nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. Then, during my junior year, I took a health policy class and, to my utter surprise, it was fascinating! After graduation, I started at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, with health policy at the back of my mind. About a year in, I was admitted into the MSN–Health Systems Management/MBA program at Hopkins. The practicums in varied settings were great, and I also was learning a ton about real-life implications at the hospital. Somehow all of this drew me toward law school. Less than two weeks after finishing the MSN/MBA, I started classes at night, working days at the hospital, and in time found a dream job—nurse consultant for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
I am now deputy director of the Data Sharing & Partnership Group. We oversee the public-private Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership and Open Payments, which promotes transparency and accountability in financial relationships between the industry and health care providers. I even got to work on health legislation for a year with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.
Being a Hopkins Nurse means relationships and experiences that help me succeed in all aspects of nursing. Over the past couple of years I have been a preceptor to nursing graduate students and give back in other ways to a school that supported me and to students who are coming behind me.