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January 2024

Connie Jo HemeyerConnie Jo Hemeyer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP
Jacksonville University
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2024
Current Position: Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Instructor of Medicine for the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL
Program Director, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Nephrology Fellowship

Upon entering the MSN program, only a few were pursuing a terminal degree, and my primary focus was to swiftly embark on the journey to become a nurse practitioner. However, after fourteen years of experience in an academic medical institution and with a commitment to lifelong learning, I recognized the importance of education. For me, the true value lies in the process of attaining a DNP. I have enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of quality improvement, the business of healthcare, and even statistics! Each phase of my doctoral studies has allowed me to integrate newfound skills into my professional responsibilities. As an example, applying statistical software knowledge gained in a recent course enabled me to dive deeper into a quality improvement project, resulting in an abstract acceptance for a national conference.

I am trying to stay present and enjoy the learning experience each class offers. My two passions are guiding individuals in their professional development and collaborating within effective teams to continuously enhance our healthcare delivery system, ensuring it aligns with the evolving needs of patients. Looking forward, I aim to leverage the knowledge acquired during this journey and continue its practical application in my professional endeavors.