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September Spotlight on Taffeta Troutner
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Spotlight on Taffeta Troutner

Nurse practitioners (NPs) serve our communities in so many unique and different ways. This month we’re highlighting Taffeta Troutner, MSN, FNP-C, from Farmington, NM. Taffeta has one of these unique roles, specializing in neurology and working at San Juan Health Partners (SJHP) Outpatient Neurology.

Taffeta graduated from the LPN program at Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor, WA in 1998, then moved back to Farmington. She graduated from the RN program at San Juan College and started working at San Juan Regional Medical Center in 2000. Taffeta continued her professional education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2005 from UNM and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2014 in the executive nurse track from Chamberlain College of Nursing. In 2016, she completed her MSN/FNP, also from Chamberlain College. Taffeta believes this is one of her greatest achievements.

Taffeta initially started her nursing career in 1998 as an LPN at LifeCare, a long-term care facility and worked for Horizon Home Health. She started on a surgical floor in 2000 as an RN and then transitioned to the emergency department in 2001 where she remained until completing her FNP. In addition to working in the emergency department, Taffeta also worked in the cardiac catheterization lab and with AirCare as a flight nurse. She was the course director for the ENA programs until 2018. In 2016, she started as an NP with physiatry at SJHP and in 2018 she transitioned to her dream job in neurology, also at SJHP.

The thing Taffeta loves most about being an NP is being able to provide care to patients in an autonomous environment. To provide the best care for these patients, Taffeta strives to continue to grow in the neurology field and to provide exceptional care to that diverse population.

As an experienced NP, Taffeta would like to tell RNs thinking about advancing their degrees to just do it! She would also like to encourage new NPs entering the profession to be proactive and advocate for yourself and your profession as well as seek leadership roles and always welcome new NPs, making sure to be a good mentor.

When she is not caring for her community, Taffeta spends time with her 4-year-old having grand adventures as well as reading, crafting and quilting.


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