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Stephanie Dowden, R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. (Nurse Practitioner Heart Center)

August 2012

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Stephanie Dowden, R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. I am a nurse practitioner working in the heart center. I have worked in cardiology for 7 years and I enjoy it very much. I especially enjoy working in cardiology at UC Davis because there is a great team to collaborate with from the schedulers, nurses, lab, EKG technicians, pharmacy, to the physicians. I enjoy having the opportunity to attend cardiology conferences that are available at no cost 2-3 times a week.  With UC Davis being a teaching hospital, I get the opportunity to learn as the physicians teach the fellows, residents, and med students.  I also have the opportunity to assist in the teaching of nurses, med students, residents, and fellows. 

UC Davis supports me by providing me with reimbursement for being specialty certified.  I am also in the Air Force Reserves and the university is strongly supportive of my involvement with the military. 

UC Davis offers nurses the opportunity to be part of Professional Governance. I am fortunate to be part of our unit-based practice council, which allows me a voice to make things better for our department which in turn allows us to provide better care for our patients. I am also a member of the clinical practice committee which allows us to make improvements in patient care in units throughout the hospital.  I am also a Magnet Champion. In being a Magnet Champion, I hope to share all the benefits of being a UC Davis nurse with other nurses. I became a nurse, many years ago, because I wanted to take care of people, make them feel better, make sure they are protected and their wishes are respected. This is why I choose to work as a nurse at UC Davis.

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