“A patient is not a diagnosis, they are a person.”
Ms. Herman works with our neurologists to treat neurological conditions, focusing on stroke care. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse with stroke patients and their families in both hospital and outpatient settings. Her approach to care is "to always listen to the patient and treat them as an individual.”
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Ms. Herman chose neurocritical care nursing and became a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse to make a difference and a connection. “I was very lucky to have a mentor early on in my career that encouraged me to explore neurology and neurocritical care. I became hooked. And once I started, I realized I didn’t want to do anything else. I love the critical thinking, the collaboration with other disciplines and specialists, and using my experience and knowledge to make a difference in outcomes.”
She then decided to become a nurse practitioner so she could provide a more advanced level of care during what she says can be “very scary” times for patients and their families. “I love working together with the patients and their families to help them to understand what is happening and to help them to regain that loss of control that can sometimes occur with an illness or new diagnosis. I also like finding out what they enjoy doing and how we can partner together so they can do those things.”
Ms. Herman and her husband have two daughters, and they enjoy sports, music, and family vacations. She says they try to attend all Oregon State women’s basketball games. Ms. Herman also volunteers as a medical provider at a Girl Scout camp where her daughters are counselors. “Having 150 girls in the woods, trying new things and seeing how powerful they can be … it’s wonderful to watch!”
Master of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Spokane, WA, 2018; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ, 2000
Nurse Practitioner: The Corvallis Clinic, Neurology Department, Corvallis, OR, 2018 to current; Registered Nurse: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Stroke Program Coordinator, 2015-2018, and Critical Care, 2006-2015; InteliStaf Healthcare, Critical Care, Phoenix, AZ, 2004-2006; St Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute, Critical Care, Phoenix, AZ, 2001-2004
Family Nurse Practitioner - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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Comments From Patients
Doesn’t get better than Heather Herman
I recommend Heather as your NFP. She is a wonderful listener. And helps you developes a care plan that is specific to you.
Very caring and We would not go to anyone else. Well deserved 5 plus stars for knowledge, caring, quality care.
Surprisingly fast reception, intake, and process. And Ms. Herman took adequate time to discuss everything with me. Thanks Team Neurology!
Very comforting and professional
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