NATIONAL NURSES WEEK – MAY 6-12, 2017
ARNETA FINNEY, Ph.D (c), MSN, FNP-C, CNL, WOCN, WCC, PHN
National University Nurse-Managed Clinics
National #Nurses Week 2017
Celebrating the Year of the Healthy Nurse
I am a nurse, and I celebrate the people who have chosen my profession all year round. May 6-12 is National Nurses Week 2017, and the theme is a timely one: The Year of the Healthy Nurse. Nursing is a mind, body, soul, and spirit profession, and it is a profession that requires self-care. We, as nurses, should remain diligent about making sure we eat healthy, exercise, and take care of our own mental and physical health. After all, we care for and educate our patients, and we should be positive role models for them.
In honor of National Nurses Week 2017, I welcome my guest and a Phenomenal Nurse, Ms. Arneta Finney. Ms. Finney and I were classmates in our BSN and MSN Programs. She is a caring, dedicated nurse practitioner and leader, who meticulously warms the hearts of our patients and her staff. She often reminds us about the importance of caring for our ourselves as we take care of our patients.
Arneta Finney was born and raised in Compton, CA., a disadvantaged community in South Central Los Angeles. She is a 4th-year Doctoral student at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and is anticipated to graduate in Spring 2018.
Ms. Finney has over twenty years of knowledge and expertise in nursing & wound care, and she is a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN). She is a Master’s prepared Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. She is currently employed as the Program Manager and Family Nurse Practitioner for the National University Nurse Managed Clinics. The clinics provide free healthcare services to the underserved population in the Watts, Compton, and Inglewood areas.
Ms. Finney earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Holy Names College in Oakland, California in 2001. In 2004, she received a Master of Science in Nursing Degree with a focus in Education from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Xi Chapter. Ms. Finney also holds memberships with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP) – West L.A. South Chapter, Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN), the National Alliance of Wound Care, Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL), & Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.
Questions for Arneta
Patricia – Arneta, you have an impressive nursing career. What motivated you to go into nursing?
Arneta – Recently, I saw my 2nd grade school picture with a caption underneath that read registered nurse. As I stared at the picture, I realized helping people was what I’ve always wanted to do.
Patricia – How do you manage such a busy schedule of work, school, and family?
Arneta – Balancing life is challenging, but with God on my side and my belief that God will give me what I need, I am confident that I can handle everything. So, I can balance my life by prioritizing, organizing, and many times multi-tasking. Each day, I ask God to give me the strength to take the days one step at a time. The support of my husband has been a tremendous support.
Patricia – You are pursuing your Ph.D. at UCLA and also working as the Project Manager at the National University Nurse Managed Clinics. Tell us something about the clinics.
Arneta – Well, the clinics were the dream of our Dean, Dr. Gloria J. McNeal. This project came to fruition through a HRSA Grant of 1.5 million over a three-year period. The grant was awarded to start the National University Nurse Managed Clinics. The first Groundbreaking and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Watts Clinic took place on May 21, 2016 at the Tree of Life Baptist Church, which is the location for the Watts Clinic. Two more clinics opened in Compton and Inglewood in collaboration with the Salvation Army, and the second Groundbreaking and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony was held at the Inglewood facility on March 17, 2017. Our clinics provide community-based healthcare services to the underserved residents. These services are free to those who are uninsured, and we welcome patients to come to our various locations for services.
Patricia – That’s great. What advice do you have for people who are interested in pursuing nursing careers?
Arneta – Nursing is a gratifying career, and there are so many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. I would encourage people to talk to a few different RNs in the profession (RNs, educators, & advanced practice nurses), and begin thinking about what they want to do in nursing. Also, start checking the schools’ websites for information sessions, and make an appointment to meet with a counselor. If you truly love helping people, go after your dream!
Thank you for being my guest, Arneta!
Peace and Blessings,
Click the link below to view the Groundbreaking and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Inglewood, CA – March 16, 2017.
NU Nurse Manager Clinic in Partnership with Salvation Army
The contact number is 310-662-2052 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org