Tracy L. Stevens, WHNP, RN, a Registered Nurse with Kaiser Permanente

Get to know Registered Nurse, Tracy L. Stevens, who serves patients in Portland, Oregon.

Attributing her success to her love for her profession, Tracy portrays various roles in the field of nursing, including registered nurse, women’s health nurse practitioner, and certified nurse midwife. She is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, currently serving 12.2 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.

Having always wanted to help people, Tracy began her career as a preschool teacher, but after her twins were born, she decided to go back to school for nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Oregon Health & Science University, followed by her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2018. 

A member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, she holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. 

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include leadership, research, performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.

A women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) is an educated and experienced nurse practitioner who focuses on offering primary care services to women of all ages. In order to become a WHNP, nurses must first complete an education as a registered nurse, and then go on to advanced studies in order to become a nurse practitioner. It is during these studies that students can choose to specialize in women’s health and go on to complete clinical, hands-on experience with female patients.

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a nurse midwife who exceeds the International Confederation of Midwives essential competencies for a midwife and is also an advanced practice registered nurse, having completed registered nursing and midwifery education leading to practice as a nurse midwife and credentialing as a certified nurse midwife. CNMs provide care of women across their lifespan, including pregnancy and the postpartum period, and well woman care and birth control. 

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