Benefits of having an Integrative Nurse Practitioner on the Team
During these challenging times, providing high quality, cost effective care is paramount. Protecting patients and supporting care that allows patient's to remain in their home is paramount.
Providing comprehensive, personalized care in the home allows the patient to feel empowered in their own environment. Home visits by a nurse practitioner offers opportunities for patients to share all the reasons they feel pain, anxious, insomnia, fatigue or depression; if they are disengaged with life and their healing process, if they have stomach upset or feel lonely. Many reasons for symptoms are simply about feeling that no one has time to listen to their needs like in traditional office based settings.
Dr. Gaskins is a nurse practitioner who has dedicated her adult career to working with humans during their most vulnerable times of life in hospice, palliative and other adult acute, intensive and procedural care settings. Because of her work with all kinds of people holding different perspectives, education, evolutionary awareness, cultural backgrounds and practices, belief systems, moral standings, life experiences, and conditions,
Dr. Gaskins has grown as a person and as a professional. She would even say this work has evolved her into a more humane human being; more keenly aware of human frailties. It is because of this awareness that she focuses her practice on assessing the root causes of symptoms and optimizing our innate capacities to heal as naturally as possible.
Her interest is in learning how best to support patients in building resilience, optimal health and well-being.
About Dr. Gaskins
I am the founder and creator of the Seek Wellbeing® Housecalls Practice. I have spent countless hours studying the body/mind connection and the impact of stress and our internal/external responses. I focus on supporting patients with safe transition from sick care environments back into their homes then focus on what the body does naturally and work with its innate capacity to heal and experience well-being by applying an integrative and functional approach to accomplishing goals set in partnership with my clients. I am an accomplished clinical practitioner with over 20 years of patient interaction in sick care and in-home settings.
I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree focusing on Integrative Health and Healing from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and expanded my practice to include diagnosis, treatment and prescriptive authority by completing my Post-Masters Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification from Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia State Board of Nursing and am board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
My unique skill set positions me to consider all aspects of the human condition for my clients using a variety of non-pharmacological approaches to reduce and sometimes eliminate symptoms like; pain, nausea, sleep difficulties, and mild/moderate depression and anxiety to name a few. Once the root cause of those symptoms have been investigated and discovered, we plan! Depending on my client's interest in essential oils, energy therapies etc., I have positioned myself with advanced knowledge in the healing arts as acertified clinical aromatherapy practitioner, trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki level II, acupressure, healing imagery, breathwork, and other healing techniques.
I partner with my patients in using evidenced assessment, screening, diagnostic tools, and deep listening skills to determine the most appropriate actions and applications of lifestyle, nutritional changes, and/or non-pharmacological options to heal and feel better. This is considered a multi-modal approach to care.