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Turner follows in mother’s nursing footsteps

Turner follows in mother’s nursing footsteps

FLORIDA TODAY
Published 7:21 a.m. ET Aug. 7, 2018

 

Kelsey Turner is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) for Pediatrics in Brevard. She is based in the Rockledge office.

Q: Why did you go into this career?

A: My mother is a nurse and I grew up watching her care for acutely sick patients. I marveled in the joy she had in caring for others, and the deep impact she had on those patients and their families. After I decided I wanted to go into healthcare, I decided to go the nursing route. I value the nursing method and the focus on treating the whole patient, as well as the integration of medicine, education, self-care and patient empowerment. Going into pediatrics was an easy decision. I have always loved working with and being around children.

Q: What services do you provide?

A: I provide routine well child care, treatment of acute sick symptoms and management of certain chronic conditions. I am also board certified as a lactation consultant and can assist with breastfeeding concerns or issues in the postpartum period until the breastfeeding relationship has ended.

Q: What makes this area of medicine fulfilling for you?

A: Pediatric primary care is a wonderful area of medicine. It is a unique field that offers the privilege of growing with a child and their family, often being the first to see the baby after their initial hospital stay and potentially the last to see them before they transition to adult care. You are welcomed into their family as a vital part of their health and well-being. This area of medicines provides the opportunity to make lasting and substantial impacts on the long-term health outcomes of children. It is a great responsibility and a wonderful pleasure.

Q: What’s the latest advancement in your field that will benefit patients?

A: We live in a wonderful time for healthcare advancements. There are new life-saving healthcare innovations seemingly daily. However, simply understanding what we now know about the prevention of illness through regular healthcare visits, adequate nutrition and exercise as well as the prevention of vaccine preventable illnesses makes a significant impact on overall health. Preventing poor health outcomes before they have a chance to develop is critical in ensuring infants become healthy and successful adolescents.

Q: Best advice for current and potential patients?

A: Be an advocate for and a partner in your child’s health. Get to know your health care provider and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Never underestimate the importance of a healthy diet, adequate exercise and enough sleep.

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Name: Kelsey Turner

Where you’re based: Pediatrics in Brevard, Rockledge office

Education: Bachelor of Science (2008), Master of Science of Nursing (2010), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (2015)

Professional background: Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Address: 134 S. Woods Drive, Rockledge, FL 32955

Contact Number: (321) 636-3066

Website: www.pedsinbrevard.com

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