Barbara Palen, CPNP
In the twilight of my career, I have been a pediatric nurse practitioner for almost 50 years, the last 28 of them with TrueCare. It has been a privilege to work with so many wonderful families over the years and nothing surpasses having a mom come in with a newborn and state, “You took care of me, when I was a baby”! For me, healthcare is an opportunity to empower families to understand illness and share what they can do to lead healthy lives, make good choices, prevent illness, and know how to care for family members when they become ill. Young children are naturally curious and often have questions about how their bodies work. It is important to supply the knowledge to improve their understanding. Interacting with them, watching them grow and develop is a joy. Away from clinic I am blessed to have four children and four grandchildren who manage to keep me busy and occupied.