Jennifer K. Novak, NP
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I am a Colorado native and I have 2 children. I chose to become a family nurse practitioner after I had the wonderful opportunity of volunteering in a rural clinic during one high school summer and working with an NP who inspired me. What I realized at that time is that family nurse practitioners engage patients in their care, an approach that resonates with me. The most rewarding part about being an NP is having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people with whom I interact. My practice setting of outpatient care in the clinic has provided me with many opportunities to expand on the services that patients most commonly request.
About my practice
I chose to practice in primary care mostly for the acute care client concerns that arise and find satisfaction in accommodating those same day, or next day appointments. For those who I meet for a variety of minor procedures, I am happy to see client satisfaction in the results. I also enjoy meeting the growing youth who return for physicals and sports exams year aft year. Our team works well together to capture any potential health maintenance gaps during member appointments and try to engage the member in reaching or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The way I practice as a clinician is to be approachable and attentive. The information that the client provides in the exam room allows me to offer the tools to aid in the management of the problem at hand and to evaluate for the stages of readiness to address other potential health topic concerns.
How I thrive
Thriving rather than surviving during life starts with practicing gratitude daily. Myself and the team at the medical clinic engage in these gratitude exercises. I value those who choose their thoughts carefully. My sisters and I have a small book reading group which is a nice outlet. I enjoy cooking and teaching my children to cook. I enjoy being a parent, cheering on the sidelines of my children’s sports teams.