When Nations looks back at the education she’s received over the last two years, her fondest memories are the experiences she’s shared with patients. As she recalls the first time she helped deliver a baby, emotion plays around her eyes.
“That was an incredible experience, and later on, the baby’s aunt recognized me on campus and thanked me for taking care of her sister,” she said. “That was doubly special.”
Being able to experience the direct impact of patient care makes Nations, a mother of four, confident she has chosen the best career path for her talents and skills.
“My second clinical year confirmed for me that I’ve made the right choices. This is where I need to be,” she said. “Even if I can’t always fix people, it still feels good to do the job right. There’s a quote I turn to: ‘We can’t always cure people, but we can heal them.’”
After Nations takes her board examinations in July, she plans to work part-time in a pediatric emergency department and in women’s health.
“I love empowering women to make their own decisions about reproductive health,” she said. “I also want to be known as an LGBTQ-friendly provider in women’s health. There are a lot of unique situations that come up there, and I believe everyone deserves the best health care.”
No matter where Nations’ career takes her, she will remember the training and camaraderie she was a part of at the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies.
“My family, classmates and faculty have been so supportive of me for years. I’m very grateful for the education I received here,” she said. “Graduation isn’t about what I did. It’s more like, look at what we did as a village.”