Lea graduated from STA in 1999. She is a nurse practitioner in cardiac electrophysiology at Saint Luke’s Hospital.
What’s your advice for young women interested in a STEAM-related career?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you see something you’re curious about, ask about it. Your curiosity could lead to the next greatest research discovery or the next great invention.
Why did you decide to pursue this specific career?
While working in the cardiac ICU as a nurse, a nurse practitioner would occasionally come and work with the pacemakers or defibrillators of patients I was caring for. I became curious about what she was doing. She briefly explained her role to me and it sparked my interest. A few years later, I was hired as an electrophysiology nurse at a local cardiology clinic where my primary role was to manage patients’ pacemakers and defibrillators. There were two African American nurse practitioners at the same clinic. This floored me because I’d never seen someone who looked like me in that sort of role before. They inspired me to further my education and get a master’s degree in nursing. In my current role as a nurse practitioner in cardiac electrophysiology I treat patients with heart rhythm problems including management of pacemakers and defibrillators in the hospital and outpatient clinics.
What’s the best part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being able to combine my interest in science and technology with my love of taking care of people. I enjoy helping my patients manage and maintain their health and well-being.