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July Spotlight on Melanie Robbins
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Spotlight on Melanie Robbins

This month’s member spotlight is on Melanie Robbins, MSN, FNP-BC. Originally from Grants, New Mexico, she now lives and works in Albuquerque. Melanie obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing in 2011. Her interest in becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) came from her work at Presbyterian Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In the NICU, an inspiring NP encouraged her to pursue her degree. Melanie says, “She gave me the confidence I needed to take the next step.” Currently, Melanie works in a family practice clinic with Presbyterian Health Care Services. When asked what she liked most about her job, she said, “educating and teaching patients and their families how to improve their health and better manage their illnesses.” Her best moments as an NP include when she receives positive feedback from her patients. Positive outcomes also motivate her. “Getting a previously uncontrolled diabetic under control, or a few kind words from a patient makes my day.” Melanie is a member of the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council (NMNPC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). For the future, Melanie would like to see more NP independence, stating, “We’re awesome! Let’s use our skills to improve access to healthcare, decrease healthcare costs, and achieve better outcomes for our patients.” Outside of work, she enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with her family. If she could tell her younger self one thing, it would be to remind herself to be patient. “You’re not going to know everything right away, and that’s ok. Use your resources, ask lots of questions, and build your confidence. It will be ok.”


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