Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Marie Grosh (DNP ’21) donned personal protective equipment and visited homebound patients.
Grosh, a nurse practitioner, has built her independent practice as a traveling housecall primary care provider over the last six years. When Ohio approved home delivery of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in June 2021, she started setting up appointments with her patients. Most of Grosh's patients had been eligible for the vaccine during Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout, but were physically unable to attend a vaccination clinic.
In celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Week 2021, Grosh reveals what encouraged her to become a nurse practitioner.
What inspired you to become a nurse practitioner?
I wanted to be able to create holistic and comprehensive plans of care for my patients. What I was seeing contained gaps and lacked a patient-centered approach. I wanted to be able to solve many of the problems I saw in healthcare.
Where is the best place to spend a day in Cleveland?
Anywhere with a view of the lake, or in Little Italy.
What does being a nurse practitioner mean to you?
It means that I am often the answer to many people’s (patients, families, nurses) problems and, while that can be intense, I take that responsibility very seriously and that is what makes being an NP so fantastic.
What is the best advice you ever received?
If you listen closely, the patient will tell you the diagnosis.
What is your favorite thing about Case Western Reserve University?
Opportunities for lifelong learning.