TROY, Missouri - Terri Bauer, a women's health nurse practitioner, is coming home to care for patients at Mercy Clinic Women's Health - Lincoln. A Troy Buchanan High School grad, Bauer started her nursing career at Lincoln County Memorial Hospital in early 1980s and is excited to return to her hometown.
Did you always know you wanted to be a nurse practitioner?
I've known since I was about 16 that I wanted to be a nurse. I've always had a tenderness and caring sense to do good for others. I started as a nurse assistant, went to LPN school and ultimately became a registered nurse in 1988. I started as a labor and delivery nurse and was inspired to further pursue a career in Advance Practice Nursing by an OB/GYN physician with whom I worked. Now, 25 years later, I am so blessed and thankful to have worked in the field of women's health serving and advocating for women in my community.
What drew you to women's health?
I started as a labor and delivery nurse and when I decided to advance my career in nursing, women's health was only natural. Being a woman, I feel I can relate to what specific needs and challenges women face throughout their lifecycle, because I have faced many of those same issues and challenges myself.
How long have you been with Mercy?
I have been practicing with Mercy Clinic Women's Health since January 2018, practicing in an all female OB/GYN physician group, all of whom have been wonderful mentors for me. I love the rural setting and am so excited to be caring for women in Troy.