Before moving to the United States sixteen years ago (in 2003), I received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from a university in Russia. After a few years in the USA I focused on a career in nursing, first as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, and later as a Navy Nurse Corps officer. In 2011, I earned a BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and joined the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
In the seven and a half years of my RN career, I have had a chance to work with age groups ranging from neonates to the geriatric population in a variety of inpatient settings, including a polytrauma/neurosurgery/neurology unit in a large military hospital. Most of the patients on this floor were either suffering from severe combat injuries (including multiple amputations) or were recovering from back/neck and limb reconstructive surgeries, leaving them to deal with tremendous amounts of acute pain while in the hospital and chronic pain for many years after discharge. From 2013-2018, I worked as a NICU nurse, providing care for premature and sick infants.
In 2015, after spending over nine years serving in the U.S. Navy healthcare system, I decided to resign my commission as a naval officer in order to provide a more stable life for my family. I returned to the JHU School of Nursing in 2015 for Masters Degree and earned my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner in May, 2018.
I am married, have a 4-year-old daughter and an American bulldog.