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LLP 241: Meet Neuro Nurse Practitioner Dr.Kettia, DNP

Let's talk about the story of the neuro nurse practitioner…

How far are you willing to go to achieve what you believe is your purpose – to be part of a better healthcare practice while helping and educating not only the patients but also the people in this world?

Wanting to be a healthcare practitioner – more so a nurse – in a Haitian community is something Haitian people don’t usually know a lot about.

There are not a lot of Black people in the practice of healthcare. Today’s guest even experienced being the only Black nurse practitioner at work!

But despite how intimidating it was, how having a DNP drove her to be self-conscious years back, she learned to embrace who she is and showed up for herself in order to do what needs to be done as they provide healthcare.

Dr. Kettia Alusma-Hibbert, DNP is a Nurse Practitioner in Boca Raton, South Florida. She’s among the advanced practice providers of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute Team.

Dr. Kettia’s career started with her being a Neuro-Tele nurse, then transferring to the Neuro ICU, and later on helping comprehensive neuro outpatient clinics.

She and Dr. Berry used to walk hallways together during their early years of studying medicine, a history that sums up to around 12 years now.

In this episode, Dr. Kettia takes us back to her journey on how she’s made it, starting as a nurse to then becoming a nurse practitioner. Join us as she discusses what it’s like, to be a healthcare provider while being part of the Black community, and stresses the importance of educating people at large while making sure the treatments they need are accessible to them.

Why you need to check out this episode:

  • Understand why it’s important that you engage in a discussion with a healthcare practitioner about advance directives and not leave the decision for your family to make;
  • Recognize the need to educate people in general when it comes to healthcare while also making sure that you’re having a balanced work and personal life; and
  • Find out why it’s a must that administrators treat their nurses well, understand what their needs and wants are, and make sure that they’re working within their scope of practice even when their pay and responsibilities aren’t as much as the physicians’

“People ask this a lot when you’re preparing to get into nursing school – it’s ‘why do you want to be a nurse?’ – and the question is valid. And it’s interesting because as my career has evolved and as I’ve evolved into different roles, I still go back to the fact that I’m here to help patients.”
– Dr. Kettia

Notable Quotes:

“You’re not gonna be perfect all the time. You will make mistakes, and that’s fine, as long as you do your best and you’re honest. If you make a mistake, you just acknowledge it, [and] you try to rectify it the best that you can.” –Dr. Kettia

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