Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Kimberly Wittmayer ’05
Title: Advance Practice Nurse, Pediatric Pain Service at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital
As the Advance Practice Nurse at Hope, Kimberly Wittmayer is consulted to see children who present with both acute and chronic pain conditions while admitted to the hospital. She takes a history, performs a physical exam, and formulates a pain management plan based on each child’s needs. She works collaboratively with the physicians and nursing and ancillary staff to provide positive patient outcomes. She is a resource for patients, families, and nursing staff, and also works with the hospital at a systems level. Wittmayer earned her M.S. in nursing at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Trinity experience: “Trinity gave me a very strong foundation for my nursing career. Learning to care for my patients from the perspective of a Christian world view has made me a more caring and compassionate nurse. I was a member of the Nursing Student Organization from 2003-2005 and served as president from 2004-2005. I gained real world nursing experience during my clinical rotations and capstone rotation.”
From professor to professional mentor: “My calling has always been to work with children. Dr. Laurel Quinn, professor of nursing, encouraged me to pursue a role in pediatrics, since that was the population I felt called to serve. I was blessed that she herself was called to take care of children and was able to mentor me about pursuing this path. Since graduation, I have stayed in contact with her and am grateful for the guidance and kind words she is still able to provide.”