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Amy S. D. Lee, DNP, ARNP, WHNP-BC

Amy S. D. Lee, DNP, ARNP, WHNP-BC

Tell us about your role at CCN.

I am a Clinical Associate Professor and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Coordinator. I teach across programs in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tell us about your faculty practice.

I am a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with a weekly Faculty Practice at the University of Alabama Student Health Center and Pharmacy (SHC). The mission of the Student Health Center and Pharmacy is to deliver outstanding health care and educate UA students for healthier living. Women’s health provides routine annual exams, pelvic exams, breast exams, pap smears, contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy testing and counseling. These services, well and sick, are by appointment only. The Student Health Center has a full-time and a part-time nurse practitioner who work collaboratively with OB/GYN physicians from the University Medical Center.

What patient population do you serve?

I see women across the lifespan, but the majority of my student population are young adult women.

Tell us about a typical day in your faculty practice.

The focus of women’s health at the Student Health Center is well woman GYN care, provision of family planning/contraception services, and urgent GYN care. On any given day I may do routine annual exams, place/remove IUDs, place/remove Nexplanon’s, help patients plan out their contraceptive choices, diagnose and treat vaginal infections/STIs/PID, manage menstrual disorders, evaluate and treat vulvar/vaginal lesions, evaluate breast complaints, evaluate pelvic pain, co-manage PMS/PMDD, or serve as a patient educator/counselor.

How do you incorporate evidence-based research into your faculty practice?

Evidence-based practice forms the foundation of my clinical work. I worked with the SHC in the past year to update protocols surrounding Depo Provera to be in line with recommended evidence-based practice in a way that breaks down contraceptive barriers for patients. When the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated guidelines around gonorrhea, I took the information back to the other certified nurse practitioners (CRNP) providing women’s health at the SHC. In response, we have both changed how we treat gonorrhea in alignment with the new CDC guidelines. The SHC provides all of us with easy access to the latest evidence-based resources and I can always go “look it up” to make sure that I stay on top of the latest evidence.

What are your professional interests related to your faculty practice?

My passion and primary area of interest has always been family planning. I’ve also done a fair amount of work in the area of intimate partner violence and emergency gynecologic care. These are all areas that serve me well in my faculty practice at the SHC.

What are your future plans related to faculty practice?

I’m very content at the SHC. It allows me to stay current in my skills as well as focus on the clinical areas that I have always had the most passion about. It gives me a way to help students that is so different than my faculty role.

What changes have you seen in your area of expertise in the last several years?

The greatest change in women’s health in recent years has been in how we screen for cervical cancer and how we respond to abnormal pap smears. And it’s certainly still an evolving science. Only 20 years ago, we started pap smears with sexual activity and repeated them annually. Then, with the understanding of the role of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer and the ability to detect HPV, we have seen the spacing of pap smears and the delay in first paps. This soon gave way to the recognition that young women could clear the virus and repair abnormalities if left alone and we have seen intervention fade to observation. We know that first paps will soon delay to age 25 and we are seeing HPV screening alone starting to replace cytologic screening. Intervention recommendations are now based on individual risk stratification rather than standardized assumptions for all. This is evolving science at its best!

How does your practice contribute to the mission of the Faculty Practice Committee and CCN?

My clinical practice has always been about my passion to help women and my personal need to be of service to others. Through my practice I help empower young women to achieve personal goals, I alleviate suffering and improve the general day to day of many women, and I represent the CCN in a positive visible way. My faculty practice allows me to give back and I am grateful.

 


Archived Practice Spotlights
View previous Practice Spotlights below:

Faculty Practice Spotlight – Kimberly Wilson, DNP, CRNP, FNP-C