Clinic Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant

Clinic Nurse

One of the first people you are likely to meet is a clinic nurse. The nurse takes people's vital signs: their blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate and respiratory rate, and their weight and height.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA)

This is someone who has gone to school for a long time and who knows a lot about pulmonary hypertension. The nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) often meets with your family before the doctor comes into the room. The NP or PA will ask lots of questions and will use a stethescope to listen to the heart and lungs. He or she may also look at hands, feet, throat and stomach.


Sheila Shiela, Nurse Practitioner

Meet a Nurse Practitioner: Shiela Bostelman

Shiela is a nurse practitioner at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. She works with kids who have pulmonary hypertension.

What is your favorite part of being a nurse practitioner?
My favorite part of being a pediatric nurse practitioner is getting to watch kids grow into young adults.

Why did you become a nurse practitioner?
I became a pediatric nurse practitioner to be an advocate for the children who, at times, have no voice or are seldom heard.

What is your favorite story from your job?
I don’t really have a favorite story to tell as a pediatric nurse practitioner other than receiving all the big hugs from the children at each clinic visit or patient admission.


Who do you want to meet next?

PH Specialist

Test Technicians

Social Worker

Research Coordinator

Child Life Specialist


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