Nurse attains Family Nurse Practitioner certification
FORT KENT, Maine — Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) recently announced the professional advancement of Stephanie Michaud, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Michaud joined the team of experienced clinicians at the hospital’s Level II Emergency Department Trauma Center in late June.
Michaud became interested in healthcare in her high school years and in 2011, while still in high school, she began her journey at NMMC working as a certified nursing assistant. After high school graduation, she enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing in 2015.
She began her career as a registered nurse at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center upon graduation, later transferring to the hospital’s intensive care unit. In 2017, she accepted a staff position in the emergency department. While working full time, she pursued an advanced degree in nursing.
Michaud said, “I always knew I was going to go back to school. I have always enjoyed the challenge of having to think on my feet and I enjoy critical care nursing.”
She credits her mother for the strong support she provided and for encouraging her to pursue her goals.
In May 2020, Michaud graduated from Husson University with a master’s degree in nursing. She recently completed the requirements for national certification as a family nurse practitioner and has accepted a position as nocturnist in the emergency Department.
Dr. Erik St. Pierre, emergency department medical director, said, “I first worked with Stephanie in her role as an emergency room nurse. She had wonderful interpersonal skills and always demonstrated a keen interest in the clinical care of each patient.
“In her training as a nurse practitioner, she received exceptional reviews from her supervisors. For this reason, we decided she would be an ideal candidate for the nocturnist position at Northern Maine Medical Center,” St. Pierre added. “We are very excited to have her work with us in both the emergency department and the hospital.”
Previous experience caring for the geriatric population, as well as the critical care population, Michaud is well positioned to manage the diverse health conditions and age groups she will encounter in the ED.
In her leisure time, Michaud enjoys reading and spending time with her 8-month-old niece. She resides in Fort Kent with her husband, Bradley, and her dog, Ruger.
Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.