This week is designated as National Nurse Practitioner Week, and we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our NPs for their hard work. Nurse practitioners order, perform, interpret and supervise diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays; and they prescribe medications and other treatments.
Here at Regional, we are recognized for advanced stroke care from our elite stroke team, including Dina Miller. As a nurse practitioner and the Stroke Administrative Director, Dina assists physicians with treating the hospital’s most complex stroke cases. Dina says she has “grown up” at Fort Sanders Regional, where she started her career as a registered nurse 14 years ago. Read more about Dina below.
Where are you from?
How long have you worked at Fort Sanders Regional?
Since 2003, but I have been with the Neuro group since 2015.
Tell us a little bit about your job at Fort Sanders Regional?
My primary responsibility is responding to acute stroke calls whether in the emergency department or elsewhere in the hospital. I also educate staff and the community about stroke, participate in research and round with physicians.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the patients. I love the acute care and the variety. I like trying to find out what is going on with the patients and how we can best treat them. With this job, you never know what the day will bring.
What made you want to pursue a career as a NP?
My grandpa died the day before I turned six. Before he died, my grandma taught me how to bring him his medicine, which led him to call me his little nurse. This inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.
Once I started school, I fell in love with patient care. Fort Sanders Regional was my first job as a RN, and I can truly say that I have grown up here.
What is your favorite movie?
If I had to pick a favorite, I would pick “O Brother, Where Art Though?”.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?