Little Moments, Big Impact

Before joining UPMC in 2015, Sarah Jenkins, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, had already begun impacting the lives of children across the nation. Starting at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, her stint as a Registered Nurse in the NICU confirmed her desire to pursue a career in neonatal nursing. After working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for 2 years, she moved back across the country to join the neonatal teams at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Though she’s had experience in multiple states, Jenkins loves being in an environment where she can continue to learn. “I’m really just starting my NNP career. I have so many peers who have been in the field for a long time. It’s exciting that I can share some practices from my previous hospital so we can be constantly improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.”

Jenkins isn’t the only NNP who’s come from a distance to work for UPMC. Morgan Olson, NNP, joined UPMC from out of state in 2014. “UPMC made my transition from a different state and healthcare facility pretty smooth. Many resources were available, as well as many personnel to answer questions in order to make the adjustment.” Jenkins echoes the positive experience saying “My department orientation in the NICU was tailored to what I needed.”

One huge benefit that Jenkins has experienced being a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in Pittsburgh is the ability to work at both Children’s Hospital and Magee, two nationally ranked hospitals. “Working at both Children’s and Magee allows me to take care of a really diverse patient group including congenital anomalies, micro premature infants and well newborns. You get exposure to a little bit of everything.” Yet, even though their time is split between facilities, NNPs still maintain a supportive and close knit team. Although her days can be stressful, Olson finds work much easier because of her supportive team. “UPMC is very team-oriented, with endless resources from people. We are always willing to help each other out and we never let any of our NNP peers down.”

For our Neonatal Nurse Practitioners it doesn’t matter if you’ve come from near or far. Together, they are making a huge impact, one little life at a time.