Cynthia Kelley-Grady, MSN, FNP-C

Practice Specialty:
Primary Care

Practice Location:
Department of Veteran Affairs
Springfield, MA 


Describe why you chose to become an NP.

I chose to become a Nurse Practitioner because I truly enjoy helping people. I have worked my way up from a nurse’s aide, registered nurse, to an advance practice registered nurse. It is my role to help encourage individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices to promote their overall health and well being.

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

There are countless situations in which I have made a meaningful difference impacting my patients. In primary care more and more patients’ face a form of cancer. Providing individualized care and respecting one’s wishes has made a significant influence to the patient, as well as their loved ones during this difficult time

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

I feel that the best part of being a Nurse Practitioner is being able to choose your specialty. I enjoy being an internal medicine provider where we are the forefront of medicine.

Describe your greatest practice challenge in the current healthcare environment.

The greatest practice challenge in the healthcare environment is keeping current with evidence based research and continuous changes in practice recommendations.

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

Don’t give up no matter how overwhelming it may feel initially. Follow your dreams!