Elizabeth Ibarra (@scrub_life_liz), APRN
“So I always knew that I wanted to be in the medical field. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. However, my path changed after seeing my aunt go through some difficult times. My aunt was diagnosed with a colon cancer at the young age of 30. I was 15 during that time, and it hit me really hard, because soon after her surgery, she actually ended up passing away.
However, it was not because of the cancer, it was not because of the complications that come
with surgery, it was actually because of medical malpractice. They ended up leaving an instrument inside of her. Had they taken the time, had they taken the correct motives, the correct counts like they do today, she would possibly still be here today. However, that definitely fueled-- It inspired me, it sparked something so deep inside of me that made me want to make a difference in other people's lives.
I wanted to be a provider that was not only efficient at what they did, but effective at what they did and also proficient. I wanted to make sure that I was a provider that did not allow for a mistake to happen. I wanted to be that one person that would advocate for the patients and make a difference initially. I pursued nursing knowing that I was going to be a nurse practitioner, because my end goal was to prevent disease. I knew that prevention was key. If we could have prevented that cancer through early screening, then she could have possibly still been here today as well.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Ibarra and I'm a family nurse practitioner, and this is the passion and the destiny that God has given to me to be a nurse and a nurse practitioner.” Elizabeth Ibarra, @scrub_life_liz, APRN 👩🏽⚕️❤️🎬
“Being a Latina definitely means you're passionate. In the Latino community, we definitely take family as a big pride. We do anything for our family, and in the same sense, I do anything and everything that I would for my family, for my patients. That has carried over from my culture into my practice as well. Another thing that I love about being a Latina in the medical field is that I know that there's very few Latinos practicing, whether it's nursing, dentistry, doctors, physical therapy.
Whatever field it is, we are only a small percent of the health care field in the U.S. I'm able to translate, I'm able to connect with my Hispanic patients, I am their family member. I treat them in that way. Not just them, but anybody, all of my patients. When we are working, we give it our all.”
“The thing that I love about nursing the most is that you get to leave an impact on somebody's life every single day. You definitely see life begin and life end, sometimes within the same day. The thing that I love the most is that you're just able to carry out God's purpose, God's will on this planet through your hands. There's a prayer that I say every single day before going into work:
"As I care for my patients today, be there with me, oh Lord, I pray. Make my words kind and mean so much, and in my hands place a healing touch. Let your love shine through all that I do, so those in need may hear and feel you."