Rebecca L. Christensen, ANP
I speak: English
My gender: Female
This provider requires a referral.
Where I practice
I am from the Pacific Northwest, receiving my Registered Nurse (RN) diploma from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1992, and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Linfield-Good Samaritan in 1982. After working for nearly 15 years in various cardiac care hospital settings, I returned to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to obtain my Master of Science and Adult Nurse Practitioner which I received in 1991 and I am a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). I co-authored a thesis in, "Health Beliefs about Exercise and Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease," and it was my desire to eventually use this material in my Nurse Practitioner practice. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sporting events (especially volleyball), exercise, traveling and gardening. I began my Nurse Practitioner career at Kaiser Permanente in 1991, initially working in Internal Medicine. In 1992 I joined the Cardiology Department. My primary focus is the outpatient treatment and management of cardiovascular disease. I enjoy teaching patients, especially trying to help them understand their disease and being a partner in their health care.
About my practice
The goal for my patients is for them to stay healthy and active. I want patient's to feel comfortable talking about not only their health issues, but personal issues also so I can connect with them. My patients know I can be lighthearted, yet serious when it comes to their health issues. I enjoy being a Kaiser Permanente Nurse Practitioner in cardiology so that I can teach and assist patient's with life changes they may need to make.
How I thrive
I am active by walking and lifting weights for exercise. I enjoy watching volleyball during the Fall season and gardening in the Spring/Summer. Planning healthy meals for myself and family is also a priority. Playing the piano and synthesizer also occupy my leisure time.