My name is Courtney Huston. I am a
pediatric nurse practitioner at UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics. I actually
worked in medical sales before I went back to nursing. I was not very good at
it, because I found myself talking to the nurses and the providers about what they
did behind the scenes versus actually selling my product, so I kind of realized
I was on the wrong side of medicine. So that’s when I decided to go back into
nursing. So I was a NICU nurse for seven years before becoming a pediatric nurse
practitioner. It allowed me to see families at their most vulnerable. So it
taught me a lot of compassion, kindness patience. It is very real to the parents,
whether their baby is in the hospital on a ventilator, or whether their
six-year-old has a cold that won’t go away – it’s all very real to them, and it’s
important that we acknowledge that, not only to reassure them, but also to give
them the tools and the education to provide optimal outcomes for their kids.
I see kids as young as newborns up to adolescents and sending them off to
college. What we do is good. It’s good for the community. It’s good for our children.
It’s good for the future. Because having healthy children grow up, that promotes a
healthy world in future. That’s my Miss America wave.
I’m married, and I have two, young daughters. So they keep us busy most of the time
with their activities. My girls love Disney, and I love Disney because it’s
just so magical. You get to experience through the eyes of your child, which is
totally cliche, but it’s so, so true. My three-year-old she thinks she’s a cat
and so she’ll she communicates through meowing. Yes that’s fun
to interpret. When we’re not doing things with the girls, I enjoy running. I like
watching running on TV. I like going to track meets down at Drake. I also am a
body pump instructor, so I teach that as well in my free time. Being a woman and a
female and having two young daughters I think it’s important to empower them.
That they can be anything that they want to be and do anything. So I have my my
doctorate degree and honestly one of the reasons I got my doctorate of my masters
is because my husband has a doctorate, and I didn’t want him to have a higher
degree than me. I wanted to show my girls that you know what both mommy and daddy
can be highly educated and highly successful in their careers. Being a mom
helps me be a better pediatric provider because I can relate more to the parents.
Nobody knows the child as well as the parent does. If they’re concerned I am
concerned. I will listen to what they have to say, and I will take that into
consideration with all the differentials that I’m considering and make sure that they
leave that appointment assured that I address their concerns, and they’re
confident going forward.