Nurse Practitioner Linsey Shouse began seeing patients as a Mercy provider in August. Get to know her better with the Q&A below!
Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor/health care provider?
A. "My senior year in high school, I was voted 'Most Likely To Become A Teacher.' Although I did love educating others, I quickly found a love for helping those in need after a mission trip in college and decided nursing was for me. I never had the dream to be a provider, I just had the dream to help others in need. However, working as a nurse leader in endocrinology, I saw firsthand the type of impact the providers had on their patients."
Q. What drew you to Endocrinology?
A. "To be honest, in nursing school, it was my least favorite subject because I found it so hard to understand. Then, fast forward many years and working beside some of the best endocrinologists, I found myself having such a passion for the field. That passion led to me furthering my education to become a nurse practitioner with the dream to one day be the same type of provider that I had the privilege to learn from. Obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic and hormone disorders impact daily quality of life and what an honor to get to help someone through improving their quality of life!"
Q. What is your favorite thing about your job?
A. "The part of being a nurse practitioner that brings me the most joy is connecting with patients and meeting them where they are at in their health care journey. The biggest reward is when someone begins to trust you as a provider and after months of working together, they are engaged and meeting their health goals."
Q. What made you want to join Mercy?
A. "Mercy has a great reputation for their excellent patient care and work environment. It has always been important to me to be a part of an organization that has the same values on integrity and dedication to patients, co-workers, and their community."