A PH Nurse Story
Frances Rogers, MSN, CRNP
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn.
1. How did you begin working in the field of PH?
My interest in PH began in July 2007 when the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania opened its own PH program under the direction of Dr. Paul Forfia. I had been working with Dr. Forfia as a nurse practitioner in the heart transplantation program there prior to that and wanted to become part of the PH program at the "ground level." I realized this was a dynamic field and wanted to learn more about it as well as how I could use my expertise as a nurse practitioner to help PH patients and their families. I have been the Clinical Coordinator of Penn's PH program since summer 2007.
2. What is your area of expertise?
I would certainly say my area of expertise is in the clinical arena, as we care for PH patients both in the outpatient and inpatient settings. In my position, I am also involved in pertinent clinical research because, as an academic institution, research is a big part of what we do.
3. How long have you been active with PHA, and what PHA programs or activities have you been involved with?
My involvement with PHA began in 2007. I have been a member of the PHPN Symposium Committee since 2009 and have attended the PHPN Symposium, including Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Also, I co-lead a PH patient support group with Chris Archer–Chico, CRNP, through Penn. Presbyterian Hospital (part of the University of Pennsylvania hospital system).
Updated Fall 2011