Sophia Viner, DNP, ANP-BC

Practice Specialty:

Practice Location:
Winchester , MA

Describe why you chose to become an NP.

I completed my RN and BSN degrees at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. I then completed my MSN and DNP degrees at the University of Massachusetts at the Boston and Lowell campuses, respectively. I chose to become a nurse and then a nurse practitioner because I care about other people, I like to help people. Throughout the years, I advanced my education because I think that knowledge plays a great role in quality of care I provide. I belief in saying: “The more we know the better we become”.

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

Once I took care of a patient who was under hospice care. This patient did not have relatives and felt very lonely and scared. He shared with me his feelings of anxiety about death and dying. Because he had no relatives but just distant friends, he had no one to share his feelings with. After meeting this patient for the first time, I felt so sad about his situation and promised him to come 2 times a week and spend as much time as my schedule would allow to keep him company. I can’t describe how much my visits helped this patient at the end of his life journey. He was so grateful to see me every week and share his thoughts and feelings with me. After spending a few weeks in the skilled nursing facility, he was transferred to a different facility. The day of his discharge he took my hand and said: “Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.” As I am answering this question, I realize that this what keeps me wanting to improve myself and continue the educational journey, to hear such words from my patients is worth all the hard work and sleepless nights and stay dedicated to the nurse practitioner’s discipline.

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

The best part of being a Nurse Practitioner is to be able to make a difference in someone’s life. By using our advanced knowledge, we help patient’s during the time they need our help the most.

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

The greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment is to be able to balance quantity and quality of care. We are pushed to see more and more patients per day in order to generate revenue. But at the same time, we can’t forget about providing quality care to our patients..

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

This is a great profession. As with any other professions, they will have days that are more challenging than others. But at the end of the day, this profession gives us an opportunity to help others and feel very satisfied by doing this.