Mechele A. Neal, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC: Nurse Practitioner at Downtown Clinic of The Surgical Clinic

I came from a small town from Pulaski, Tennessee. So, there’s a lot of factories and I just
knew that’s not what I wanted to do. I started as a LPN from Nashville Memorial Hospital in ’98 and I’m just a LPN – like what do I want to do after that? So after seeing some of the other registered nurses, well, how do they do that? Where do you educate yourself to do those things? So I graduated from Excelsior College in 2005 and Cumberland in 2013. And then I became a FNP in 2015. For me, I’m a diverse nurse. I’ve worked a lot of different places – Vanderbilt, the VA, DCI. But I bring a lot of that to the table here at the Surgical Clinic. Working at the VA here in Nashville was great – working with the veterans. Vanderbilt – I worked there as a float nurse so I got to work on just about every department. For 12 years that was awesome because every day was different. You’d get a call to go to work and where you’re going to work today may be different from yesterday. And so that passion that does drive you to become more of whatever you’re doing. I managed a dialysis clinic
for the past seven years and that was my passion but you know as you progress with education, you also have to get another avenue. Overall, the role with Dr. Lee and Dr. Fisher are assisting and seeing their patients and cut down on their patient load from day to day, ordering tests, ultrasounds, reading some of the CT scans. I also work with Michelle Becker. She’s been very helpful since I started here. I like to get my friends together on the weekends, let’s go white water rafting, skydiving, you name it and we attempt to do it.

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