A note from Cheryl, RN

Dr. Brett HowardMental Health

This Fall 2016 semester, I have had the pleasure of working with Cheryl Gordon-Zupancic, RN. Cheryl is a very experienced and talented nurse who is presently in school to become a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner like me. I asked her if she would like to write a guest blog post on some of the things that she has learned during her time in my practice, and she wrote the piece below. I am very grateful for her kind words…and I think I kind of HAVE to give her an A now. – Brett

“As a nurse for the last ten years, I’ve learned that a great clinician is not only an expert in his/her field but also someone who can deliver care in a way that effectively addresses the client’s mental health needs while also respecting the client as a customer deserving of courteous professional service. As Dr. Howard’s intern, I’ve been quite privileged to see how the art of this is performed well. He delivers care in a laid back manner that makes his clients comfortable but is extremely direct and thorough. His care is poignant and curtailed to the individual, so the client sees results and value, but most importantly has a sense of hope about getting better. He raises the bar for what great mental health care looks like. He’s so knowledgeable but breaks things down so clients can understand the science of their mental health in a way that leads them to wellness. I’m just very privileged to learn the craft of mental health care from him.” – Cheryl