Tara Thompson, MA, MBA, MSN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
I have always felt the desire to work with and connect with people so after working in behavioral health for several years I decided to pursue a career in nursing (what? I thought it would be like Greys Anatomy). I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University and worked for several years treating acute and chronically ill cardiac and neurology patients. Eventually I was called back to my first love, psychiatry, and advance my nursing career to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and later a Doctor of Nursing Practicing from Drexel University (and I have the student loans to prove it!)
Since that time I have been working with patients across the life span in multiple healthcare settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, treating those with chronic and acute mental health needs; crisis emergency department, assessing and treating those in acute psychiatric crisis; hospital consultation-liaison services, assessing and treating clients with chronic and acute medical needs; and drug and alcohol rehab, treating those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues (whew, I’ve been working hard).
The most rewarding aspects of my work are the relationships I have with my patients. You all allow me a window into your greatest vulnerabilities and trust me to partner with you to help you get better. This is a great privilege that I will never take for granted. I learn something new from you all every day, and this allows me to get better at what I do (and pay my student loans)!