Kimberly Daly, DNP, APRN, FNP-C   

Practice Specialty:
College Health

Practice Location:
Salem State University
Salem, MA

Describe why you chose to become an NP.

After several years working at a large, academic medical hospital in Boston, I decided it was time to expand my knowledge and take the next step in my career. I decided to become an NP because it allowed me the autonomy for decision making that I craved and the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of healthcare opportunities..

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

I have been involved in a legislative process to expand confidentiality protections for patient’s in the Commonwealth for more than 5 years. This involved educating politicians and speaking widely on the barriers existing insurance practices had for patient’s seeking sensitive services. It was an incredible accomplishment when, this spring, The Governor of Massachusetts signed the Protecting Access to Confidential Healthcare bill into law. The state now leads the way on healthcare once again and I am thrilled to have been part of the process.

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

I enjoy the diversity of what NPs can do! In my career, I have met and worked with NPs in so many different settings and it is exciting to be able to speak to undergraduate and graduate nursing students and be able to say, I would do it all over again

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

Practice restrictions given the existing language on NP limitations in Massachusetts are a barrier to care and should be revised. NPs should be allowed to practice to the extent of their license and collaborate across disciplines to provide care.

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

Enjoy the ride! Talk to your peers and explore your options. Nursing is such a noble profession and we are privileged to provide care every day to our patients. Talk the time to find your niche as the options are endless. Finding passion in your work is essential and will guide your success!