BScN MSN PHC-NP
“Our health is all we have. Without it, nothing else matters.” Rosie Garner
I help women who feel lost, unfulfilled, sick & tired make their health & wellness a priority so that they can step into their power and go from surviving in life to thriving allowing them to achieve balance in their mental, emotional, physical & spiritual selves.
Hi, I’ m Shasta a Nurse Practitioner (aka super nurse), spiritual junky, wife, mother, & entrepreneur. Like many women for years I put the needs of everyone ahead of my own.
Isn’t that what a “GOOD” woman is supposed to do?
I was a proud perfectionist, people pleaser, & control freak who help people with their health. My patients left my office feeling heard & seen. Empathy and compassion oozed out of my being. I loved my job, but it drained me.
Personally, I married my soul mate 10 years ago, have a spit fire of a daughter, and a gorgeous abundant life.
My life was picture perfect, on paper it seemed like I had it all, the relationship, the family, the dream career….
On the inside, I felt unfulfilled, anxious, depressed, exhausted, not enough & unworthy. I was barely keeping it together, I would find myself crying in the car, coming home, and going straight to bed, soothing myself with food or being a workaholic to cope.
Being a “GOOD” woman took a toll on my health. It’s absolutely true when they say if you don’t prioritize your wellness, you'll be forced to make time for illness.
A series of events forced me to prioritize my health & wellness as they took away my ability to function, it started with severe postpartum depression, 6 months later a tragic house fire occurred and we lost everything, and 2 years later extreme workplace burnout left me bed ridden for 6 months with adrenal fatigue. These events literally took me out of my life and forced me on a healing journey. I had no other options, I couldn’t manage my day to day life anymore, I couldn’t pretend to be fine and hold up the masks anymore, they were too heavy. I was scared, had no idea who I was, but I knew I couldn’t go on “surviving” anymore.
During my journey, I realized traditional healthcare was not enough and it was failing me. It focused on medication & counseling for my depression & anxiety but I wasn’t getting better. Fed up, I began exploring alternative and complementary therapies in addition to my traditional medical plan. I added Reiki, herbs & supplements, mindfulness, emotional regulation, movement, nature, & explored spirituality all of which helped me to start thriving.
What I learned was healing does not begin in the body, it begins in the mind & soul. I had learned the Medicine Wheel teaching in my many years as a northern nurse, but I did not really understand it.
I do now!
This has forever changed the way I practice as I now not only live these wellness practices daily, I incorporate them into how I provide care to my clients.
I am so grateful you are here.
"Shasta is the most loving, giving, professional, & expert NP you will ever meet. Her care changed my life, she listened without dismissing me and was able to refer me to a specialist so I could have surgery. I'm forever grateful. I want to know where she tucks her angel wings during the day."
I have been a nurse for 17 years, 9 of which as a Nurse Practitioner (NP).
I started my career as a Pediatric Emergency Nurse and then transitioned into Outpost Nursing before going back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner.
As a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, I’ve worked with people across the lifespan from birth to death. However, my primary area of focus is women health and pediatrics with a special interest and expertise in:
Mental Health – anxiety, depression, low self esteem, disordered eating, & eating disorders.
Women’s health issues including reproductive, maternal, sexual health, & aging.
Chronic Disease Management including cardiac disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, thyroid conditions, incontinence, PCOS, & menopause.
Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate/provider
Patient, kind, empathetic, compassionate professional of the healing arts, equally equipped to fights illness & disease, a super nurse.
Facts about NP's
NPs are a hybrid healthcare provider that have the knowledge and skills of both nursing and medicine.
NPs are Master's prepared and have undergone 7 years of post-graduate education which includes a 4-year undergraduate nursing degree from a university and then a 3 year master of nursing and NP program. Prior to entering the NP program Registered Nurses (RNs) are required to work for a minimum of two years before applying to the program.
NPs can specialize in either pediatrics, primary care or adult care.
NPs are required to pass a licensing exam.
NP practice is regulated by the Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association (SRNA).
NPs are not paid in the same way as most physicians. NPs do not bill the government for the services they provide.
The majority of NPs are paid by salary, however, NPs may bill patients directly for medical services as well as non-health care services such as sick notes.
NPs bridge the gap in the healthcare system by improving access and reducing pressures on an overwhelmed healthcare system.
NPs are the most researched medical profession and research has found that NPs consistently provide high quality, cost-effective care when compared to their physician colleagues.
NPs work independently and in collaboration with many healthcare providers including physicians. NPs are not supervised by a physician.
AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
I love to share my story through workshops or keynote speaking; it is my purpose to help women see their worth allowing them to make their health & wellness a priority. We need healthy women stepping into their power, thriving to change the world.
I am also dedicated to teaching my fellow colleagues (medical & allied health professionals) helping them to improve the care they provide. A variety of workshops on alternative and complementary therapies, empathy, eating disorders in primary care, weight bias, & HAES are available on request. Other workshops can be developed on request.
I promise to inspire and educate your audience, leaving them feel seen and heard, I would love to hear from you.
NPs are authorized under legislation and regulations to independently:
Complete a comprehensive health history and assessment;
Formulate and communicate a diagnosis, taking a differential diagnosis into consideration;
Prescribe all medications including controlled drugs and substances;
Dispense, sell, and compound medications;
Set and cast fractures and dislocated joints;
Order and interpret all laboratory tests;
Admit, treat and discharge patients from hospitals;
Order some diagnostic imaging tests;
Consult with and refer directly to specialists.
Nurse Practitioners work together with, rather than replace, other health-care providers. They are part of a team and collaborate with registered nurses, doctors, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, and others to provide exceptional patient-centered care.
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