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February Spotlight on Linda Tylka
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Spotlight on Linda Tylka

The Region 5 NMNPC member spotlight this month is on Linda Tylka, MSN, FNP-BC. Linda works at Lovelace Medical Group in Rapid Care, treating the urgent needs of practice providers. She has 20 years of experience in occupational health, urgent care and emergency medicine.

Linda is originally from the Midwest. She grew up and lived in the south suburbs of Chicago and northwest Indiana for 55 years, then came to New Mexico in 2013 looking for more sunshine, warmer weather and possibly a place to retire.

Linda started her nursing career in 1978, obtaining her diploma in nursing from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her nursing education by earning a bachelor’s of science degree from Purdue Calumet Campus in 1984. Linda’s professional nursing education also includes a master’s of science and post master's FNP certificate from Valparaiso University in 2000.

Linda explains her greatest enjoyment in being an NP by saying, "I love working with people and not only helping them but also educating them along the way. I find my work rewarding." Linda also appreciates the job security and limitless opportunities to learn being an NP provides.

When asked what advice she would give new NPs or those considering becoming NPs, she replied, "I’m a proponent of life balance. As I near the end of my career, I care about the quality of my colleagues coming into our profession. I want to start a podcast for students starting their clinical rotations to help them be prepared and get the most out of their experiences." Linda believes that as NPs we should love what we do and care for others as we would care for ourselves or our families. Thank you, Linda, for joining us in New Mexico and serving our residents!


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