Employee Profiles: Rhonda, Nurse Practitioner
Get to know a little about Rhonda, a Nurse Practitioner with Internal Medicine.
What brought you to UW Health?
Ever since I was a young girl, I wanted to be a nurse and glowingly admired the UW Hospital “castle” as I would pass by during my travels in Madison. A few unfortunate circumstances with a friend and personally, put me closer in touch with the hospital and the amazing people, science and healing that happens here.
Since my employment with UW Health over the last 14 years, I have held many different roles that have helped me appreciate the importance of the interdependent relationship of all members of a health care organization. I never considered another place to begin my work as I pursued my nursing dreams.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am (or was) a talented musician including: vocalist, clarinetist and tenor saxophonist for many years. I enjoyed playing long Mozart solos, singing for weddings or on stage, and playing in jazz bands. Music was a way to relax and taught me the importance of dedication and practice in order to obtain mastery.
What is your favorite pastime?
I truly enjoy spending time with friends and family. My best memories each year are created in Northern Michigan where I travel with my husband and children and enjoy the beautiful Great Lakes, fishing, going out for ice cream, biking, playing in the sand and enjoying some R and R.
What is your favorite part of working here?
I enjoy working in a world-class academic medical center that has a wealth of resources, knowledge and collegiality. I love the opportunities that exist here to learn, grow, and continue to achieve personal and academic goals in order to better the lives of our patients.
If you were granted one wish, what would it be?
To have a few more "lives." Life is too short and precious; I wish we all had a few more opportunities to live different versions of ourselves in order to experience all that life has to offer.
Rhonda received the UW Medical Foundation Shining Star Award in 2012, for her commitment to her team and the devotion she shows to improving the services we provide to patients. Rhonda was recognized for the exceptional job she does modeling the medical home concept, and devoting time to improving services provided to patients in nursing homes. Her nominator also noted that Rhonda maintains an extremely positive and upbeat attitude on every project.