Karen Roberts, APRN Internal Medicine Group

Karen Roberts, APRN Internal Medicine Group


I’m Karen Roberts, and I’m the nurse
practitioner for the Internal Medicine Group, which is a group within the Lawrence
Memorial Hospital. I’ve been there for 15 years this year, and prior to that I was
a psychiatric nurse and a hospice nurse. I really decided to become a nurse
practitioner when I was working in hospice care. Hospice care is a pretty
autonomous field for nurses. You’re out working with people in their homes and
you have a lot of decision making, and so that autonomy really appealed to me, and
it was something that was included as a greater aspect of practice in nurse
practitioner work, and it also appealed to me to be able to help people in a
different way and maybe in a little bit more all-encompassing way. What I love about being a nurse
practitioner is really being able to look at the whole picture with patients
and to find out what’s going on with them, to kind of puzzle out what’s
happening, figure out their diagnosis, and then be able to create a treatment plan
for them, kind of in a partnership. And, I’m very chatty, which my patients will
tell you, and so I really like to talk with them, I get to know what’s going on
their lives because I think that has a great impact on their health. I really have a special focus on women’s
health in our practice as well as psychiatric care, and that comes from my
background as a psychiatric nurse, and so I do see a lot of patients who are
needing to start medications or consider therapy, talk about complex family
situations, those things are very important, and then I’ve had a special
interest in hormone replacement, women’s pelvic pain and pelvic health, and in
general just holistic care for patients. I’m interested in alternative medicine
and herbals, and I’m willing to talk to patients about those type of things. I would say that my philosophy of care
is extremely person-centered. I always want to see the person behind the
diagnosis and look at what’s going on in their life because many times I do find
that a physical symptom is created by some sort of problem that’s going on for
them and their family, or perhaps something that’s happened within their
family that starts them worrying, and that’s really important to me, so looking
at the whole person and trying to get the whole picture as well as as much
expertise as I can bring to the situation and staying on top of the
latest information and medicine. What I would like new patients to know
about me is that I am a very friendly provider who really will sit down with
you and talk about what’s happening in your life as well as your medical
situation. I want to be a partner in your care, but I also want you to be able to
work on self care, I think that’s critical for my patients, and my
colleagues, and myself, and so i really emphasize that to patients, and I want
them to know that I have the time and I will give them the time that they need. My personal interests are many and
varied. I am an artist, and I paint, and sculpt and do printing, and I’ve shown
work in town, and I’m also a writer, so I have published for nursing magazines as
well as the local paper. I enjoy my new granddaughter very much. If I could share some advice with my
patients, I think it would be that it does need to be a partnership, I mean, you
can expect quite a bit of us, but you also need to really take charge of your
own care and your own needs, and that it, that is, a joint relationship, and I would
also encourage them to fully share with us because many times they don’t tell us
everything that’s going on and it can be a very critical piece of the puzzle. If
we don’t have that information, we can’t make the the best diagnosis and help
them.

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