Cami Kesler, MSN, FNP serves a population most may think of as well-off, suburban, and regularly-served. But Cami sees her Utah Valley patients as a community facing a different but very real set of challenges that she can address every day with her degree from Frontier Nursing University (FNU).
After focusing on a midwifery path and working in Labor & Delivery for 12 years, Cami enrolled in FNU’s community-based graduate program to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She works at Utah Valley Pediatrics, serving patients from zero to 19 years of age.
Her focus areas include newborn care, female teenage health, and mental health education, which in her community are relevant and concerning issues. In her role, she believes in creating provider-family relationships when it comes to creating health care management plans.
“All families should feel heard in their concerns, not simply directed in what to do,” said Cami. “They should feel safe in their personal choices, not forced into what is ‘right’.”
The Utah Valley community, though generally engaging in positive lifestyles and boasting a low obesity rate, sees a need in the area of teenage mental health and sex education.
“A majority of my work is aimed at making a difference before a patient’s teenage years. Then I really focus during adolescent years to make encounters individualized to the needs of my patient and family,” said Cami. “My goal with this age population is to also bridge gaps in faith when associated with physical and mental health.”
Cami built a solid network through her Frontier connections, and FNU’s distance education model was a great benefit to her as a wife and mother of five children. Students and staff she interacted with during her time in the program became somewhat of a lifeline for her as she pursued her degree. During her schooling, she faced challenges, like she feels all students do, but worked daily to balance her roles as a mom, wife, sister, daughter, student, friend, and community member.
“Honestly, this journey would have never been completed was it not for my FNU community and my family and friends that never doubted me and stuck by me through all my high’s and low’s,” said Cami.
Cami plans to continue her journey as a relationship builder, a creator of a safe clinical environment, and a resource for advice and insights that her patients desperately need. She recently started a social media page on Instagram because she saw it as an opportunity to create one more line of communication and education with her families and patients.
“Instilling health care practices and prevention in young patients is becoming a dream fulfilled for me,” said Cami.
Frontier thanks Cami for her dedication to serving and educating families and young patients.
At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community that are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.