Barbara B. Szatkowski, MSN/FNP spent over 20 years as an RN before taking on the challenge of becoming Family Nurse Practitioner. She recalls that initial decision to return to school, “As I moved through all the phases of being an RN, I saw being an NP as a new horizon. One of my first healthcare experiences as a young adult was with a Nurse Practitioner, and that left a lasting impression on me.” She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada – Reno, and she says it’s one of the best decisions she ever made. She was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Saint Mary’s Neil Redfield Health Center and Community Health Alliance for over 10 years.
She transitioned to Digestive Health Associates in 2014, a welcome transition since she was already familiar with the group of doctors, “When I worked as a family NP, I used to refer patients to DHA all the time!” As a new member of the DHA family, Barbara was immediately impressed by their willingness to mentor her. Looking back, she says, “I have come to discover why my patients love [the DHA gastroenterologists] and why they are the number one choice for referrals.”