My desire to work in healthcare was ignited in eighth grade. My grandfather was often ill, and I was fascinated as I watched his doctors, nurses and providers take care of him. From that point, I knew I wanted to be “hands on” in healthcare.
As a critical care nurse in a variety of areas including the CVICU, Neuro ICU, Neonatal ICU and flight nursing, I realized I wanted to guide my patients long-term in maintaining their health. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and worked for 10 years in the Emergency Room. I believe this experience gave me a broad background and honed my skills which I now apply to my everyday clinic setting.
I truly believe in building relationships with my patients. They know I will always listen and take time with them to figure out what is going on. We are partners. I tell my patients they have to be invested in their health and treatment plan or the partnership will not work. I promise to be their advocate. A disease or condition is just one problem, not the whole person. Education is the foundation of my practice. I ensure every patient understands what they are doing, what medicines they are taking and why.
I treat patients of every age, including children and babies. I am skilled in all areas of family health including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac issues, women’s health, COPD, asthma, sports physicals, and well visits for adults and children.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, cooking, gardening and traveling.
- Nancy Austin, FNP
- Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas at Galveston, Galveston, TX
- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of Texas Health Critical Science Center, Houston, TX