Nursing is an integral part of Jane Anderson’s life.
Anderson, a nurse practitioner and the director of the recently opened University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic, has more than two decades of experience in her role. We asked her to tell us more about her background, and her role in developing and implementing the ground-breaking new care model of the Nurse Practitioners Clinic, which puts highly skilled nurse practitioners at the forefront of patient care.
Describe your role within University of Minnesota Health. What interests, skills and experience do you bring to our organization?
I am a nurse practitioner and the director of our new University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis. I am also a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and have been a nurse practitioner for 24 years. I have the distinction of being the first nurse practitioner in the Fairview system and Ridgeview systems and for a time I had my own clinic in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I am a graduate of the two-year health coaching program at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing.
You lead our recently opened Nurse Practitioners Clinic. Tell us about the clinic’s innovative care model.
The M Health Nurse Practitioners clinic provides primary care with a nursing focus. As nurse practitioners, our staff are able to care for most common and many uncommon care health needs. Calling on our background as nurses, we partner with our patients and use their strengths to create a health plan for them and their families. We explore different ways of providing care, and collaborate with pharmacists, mental health care providers and others to foster an environment of whole-person treatment and family-centered care. We also teach the next generation of nurses, and often have students and learners on-site in the clinic to provide them with an enriching learning environment. We constantly evaluate and implement new and innovative ways for healthcare delivery, including home visits, concierge care and virtual visits. We are also partnering with the nearby businesses and residents to provide optimal health care for our local community.
Why are you passionate about your position?
I feel that I have been given an opportunity to affect change in the lives of patients, as well as in the lives of the practitioners and staff at the University of Minnesota Nurse Practitioner Clinic. This clinic is the culmination of a two-year project, and many have lent incredible support to our program so that we may pursue an effective, alternative care model with nurse practitioners.
We are all patient-centered, and I am passionate about extending this respect and empowerment to the employees of this clinic. I see this opportunity to create an environment of success for the patients and employees here. I also love teaching, and am passionate about helping students along their path to higher learning. I love to show them the heart and art of our patient care.
Describe one of your favorite memories from your work as a nurse practitioner.
I feel honored by the trust my patients have shown in me, and I some days I am awed by the experiences they have shared with me and given to me.
My favorite memories also include my relationships and conversations with my medical colleagues, my opportunity to be “the first” nurse practitioner in organizations, chances for professional growth and my opportunity to provide a place for others to practice and grow. Being a nurse practitioner is an integral part of who I am, and aligns with my personal and professional values.
What do you love about the University of Minnesota Health community?
I am a newcomer here at M Health, and through communication and actions I have developed strong and lasting relationships with many in the M Health community. I am surrounded by great minds and hearts in nursing and extremely talented colleagues who have supported me as we create a new care model.
Tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
I am a health coach, trained in a two-year program at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. I use the skills I learned in that program every day, and I would love to incorporate my experience as a health coach into the Nurse Practitioners Clinic in the near future.