Posts Categorized: Clinical

Advanced Practice Providers: Understanding the Heart of the Matter

Physician Assistants, Shelly Iams and Venice Conley are passionate about their roles as Advanced Practice Providers. Assisting in both Cardiac and Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute, each day offers its fair share of triumphs and trials. As APPs, Iams and Conley both value their specialty because their work is highly motivating, filled with… Read more »

All In!

My name is Adrienne Thorne, AG-ACNP. Confused by that long strand of letters following my name? No worries – it’s a little complicated! The acronym stands for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I support UPMC Presbyterian’s Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery department, and I love my career! A little background: About a year ago, I transitioned from… Read more »

My Career: Isn’t Just For Me

It’s a common misconception that Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) simply perform tasks that nurses do not have time for. In reality, doctors and nurses often rely on RRTs to evaluate the scene, document and report the findings, and then determine appropriate care plans for patients during respiratory crises. Additionally, since therapists serve across the spectrum… Read more »