In honor of National Nurse Practitioner Week, I wanted to take a moment to honor one of our customers, an exceptional Nurse Practitioner named Mimi Secor. Like many of the female pioneers I write about, Mimi has dedicated her career to helping others - in particular underserved women and their families. She has made it her personal mission to empower women to improve not only their health, but their confidence, their self-esteem, and their lives. It's a mission that has taken her across the country from a prison in Massachusetts where she volunteered her time to treat female inmates, to the rural Alaska community of Bethel where she provided primary care for a diverse population that included Yupik Eskimos. Mimi was also one of the first NPs to launch her own private practice in Cambridge, MA, serving patients from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. For Mimi,being a clinician and an educator go hand in hand, yet she believes that her patients teach her just as much in return. As an example, she points to the seven years she spent practicing 400 miles off the road system in rural Alaska. "You know what the Yupik call non-natives? ’People of Thunder.’ They say we talk too much, too loudly, and they’re right. They also say, ‘You have two ears and one mouth, so you should listen twice as much as you talk.’ That has been an instrumental lesson in my practice. It’s something I’m still working on, with every patient, every day.” Committed not only to being an educator, but also to making positive changes in her community, Mimi organized her colleagues in a political campaign for legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to write prescriptions and receive reimbursements from insurance companies. Her efforts helped progress the profession of NPs everywhere and break down barriers preventing equal access to quality healthcare. Despite her hard work and dedicated efforts for women and fellow NPs, Mimi offers these words of wisdom - and a lesson I believe is important for us all. “Save some energy for yourself and your loved ones. Have fun! If life isn’t fun, what’s the point?" — Mimi Secor, MS, M.ED, APRN, BC, FNP, FAANP
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