SGCMH welcomes new nurse practitioner
Believe in yourself and anything is possible, just ask Lisa
Engle, the latest nurse practitioner to join our medical staff.
She began her medical career as a medical assistant—a career she had planned out since she was a kid.
“When I would visit the pediatrician’s office, I loved the girl that took me back to the exam room,” Lisa explained. “I wanted to be her. I didn’t even know what it was called.”
She did indeed become a medical assistant and worked in a private physician office in House Springs.
One fateful day, she rode along with her girlfriend to Hillsboro to check out the RN program there. Not for herself—or so she thought.
“I guess there was a part of me that thought I couldn’t do it,” she said. “But I started really listening to her advisor and thought, ‘Hey, I could do this.’ So I came home that day and told my husband that I had to quit work to go back to school. He totally supported me.”
Lisa received her RN degree and worked on the OB floor at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
“They started offering RN to BSN through Central Methodist College,” she said. “This time I talked it over with my husband because I knew if I started, I wasn’t stopping.”
Next step was getting her masters from Maryville, and in pursuing her degree, she completed several clinicals at SGCMH.
“I think this hospital is amazing,” Lisa said. “I did clinicals with Dale Kraenzle and Sharon Grass. I remember calling my mom after my first day of clinicals. I told her I made the right decision in wanting to be a nurse practitioner, and this is the exact type of place where I’d like to do it. Everyone is so nice and helpful. I never felt like a burden when I was a student. I’m grateful and excited.”
“I applied for the position at the Bloomsdale walk-in clinic, but Sarah Kelly, HR director, told me about the Occ Med position, too. I right away looked at the qualifications and immediately wanted to know how to get DOT certified,” she said. ‘I’m amazed at all the companies that this hospital serves. It’s a learning experience, but I’m excited.”
Having now passed her DOT certification, Lisa will be working primarily in Occ Med, providing any head to toe DOT physicals. She’ll also pull some shifts in the Bloomsdale Family Health Care walk-in clinic.
Very soon, she plans to don her hard hat and sit down with local companies to find out their needs. She’s also looking forward to providing employee health to SGCMH.
Lisa lives in Farmington with her husband Matt and their fur babies—Shiatzus and Rottweilers.
“On the weekends, we like to fish, hunt and camp,” she said. I like messing with the garden and I love to read anything.”
For information on Occupational Medicine services, call 573-883-7759.