Robyn Kievit Kirkman, FNP-BC,
RDN, CSSD, CEDRD

Practice Specialties:
Nutrition
Psychopharmacology

Practice Location:
Boston and Concord, MA


    
                                                           

Describe why you chose to become an NP.

To help people at a level of caring that made sense to me - full of compassion and encouraging change in others. 


Describe a situation in which you made a meaningful difference in the lives of one of your patients.

There are so many. Often I think we work on making small changes that lead to growth over time. Then there are the 'ah-ha' moments in sessions. Then letters from patients or referrals from them or their families years later. I have many so it’s hard to pinpoint one

What do you think is the best part of being a Nurse Practitioner?

Working with humans who care about their own well being and who are fighting for it!


Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

The dreaded ‘I’ word - insurance.

What is the best advice you have been given or would give to a student entering the profession?

Stay with your passion. You’ll have jobs you might have to take and wonder how they are helpful in your long term goals. They are. You just don’t know it yet. Also, find a nurse theorist you admire. Read their theory and put it into practice! My nursing theorist mentor is Dr. Jean Watson. Her theory and concepts have spoken to me since NP school. I go back to them on a weekly basis. Last, go to the least expensive NP program that you can afford and work at the same time.