Nurse intern joins Rider, Campbell for summer
by Holly Davis
Nichole Potts, 31, Topeka, started her internship at the Valley Falls Medical Clinic last week. She has been a registered nurse for nine years and will be working closely with Dr. Rider through the end of July as she is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing curriculum through Washburn University.
With a love for science, she always knew she wanted to work in the medical field. Her admissions counselor at Washburn pushed her to be a nurse, while a close friend later recommended long-term care. She started working at Brewster Place Retirement Community in Topeka and fell in love with the geriatrics field. She is now on an adult practitioner tract and focuses on patients over the age of 13.
“I followed through because I trusted them and it turns out I love it,” Potts said.
Potts said she has a niche for complex and puzzling situations and loves searching for the “non-textbook” answer, a skill that goes hand-in-hand with the medical field.
She says she has a passion in working with the aging population and feels that there is a misconception of the elderly.
“I’m amused with the life that they still have in them. I get to see that and it’s a lot of fun. Everyone has a history and there is such a variety of different people with different personalities,” she said.
Potts is looking forward to working with Dr. Rider because she feels that his values and beliefs are aligned with hers. She stressed her beliefs of quality of life over quantity and assessing that the true needs and comfort of the patient are perceived. She understands that no matter the age, people have choices and can decide how they want to be treated.
“I just listen,” she said.
Potts resides in Topeka with her husband, Trevor, and three sons, Aiden, 5, Simon, 2, and Collin, 1, where she plans to continue living.
“I like working with older adults rather than children because I have my own kids at home to deal with,” she laughed. “It makes me enjoy them more.”
As for the future, Potts plans on continuing her work at Brewster Place as well as with Dr. Rider in long-term care facilities and at the clinic.
Rider practices with Dr Larry Campbell and they have clinics in Winchester, Nortonville, and Oskaloosa.
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