Kathy Reid, FNP

Practice Specialty:
College Health
Urgent Care

Practice Location:
Western New England University 
Springfield, MA


Describe why you chose to become an NP.

As an RN I accepted a position that was clearly for a nurse practitioner. Within 2 years of starting my job I began the NP program and completed it in 3 years.

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

There was a young woman with a 7 month old baby who was morbidly obese and told me she rarely left her apartment, had no friends, no job and was generally depressed. I encouraged her to consider gastric bypass, which no other provider had ever spoken to her about. She had the surgery, lost 100 lbs, went to nursing school, graduated and working as an RN and no longer depressed.

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

Making clinical decisions autonomously, fully caring for the patient.

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

I am both an administrator and clinical practitioner. The administrative work is the most challenging because it directly affects my colleagues and the patients we care for.

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

I would tell a student that being an NP is autonomous and not for everyone. If you are not self-assured, if you cannot work independently, if you are prideful and not willing to admit the problem is beyond your expertise and if you do not understand that you alone are responsible to obtain the knowledge you need to do the job, then this is not the profession for you.