Meet Nicole Wilford, Nurse Practitioner

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As a little girl, Nicole Wilford, APRN, knew that she wanted to grow up and pursue her dreams of being a doctor one day. Her path in medicine began when she first attended Creighton University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing. She soon found herself caring for some of the most critically ill patients, first in an Intensive Care Unit and later, in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The depth of experience she gained from taking care of those types of patients prompted her to continue on with her education and to achieve her ultimate goal: receiving her Master's degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Creighton University. 

In 2016, Nicole joined the Bluestem Health team as a nurse practitioner. On a typical day she interacts with patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and from very diverse backgrounds. She sees many patients for general needs, such as physicals, women's health issues, management of chronic diseases like diabetes, and acute health issues that arise. What Nicole especially enjoys about her job as a family medicine provider is listening to patients tell her about their concerns, seeing them get better after they've implemented a care plan, and witnessing their efforts to achieve a better life for themselves and their families. 

Working at Bluestem Health, Nicole loves the opportunity to work with such a diverse population and to learn more about the different cultures. She is especially committed to helping the uninsured patients get the health care they need and deserve. As a member of the Bluestem Health team of providers, she looks at people as a whole, not by what their needs are. Making sure that all people look to Bluestem Health as a trusted resource for excellent medical, dental and behavioral health services, whether they are insured or uninsured, is a mission she believes in. 

In her free time, Nicole likes to spend time with her husband and four children, doing outdoor activities like camping. She also enjoys crossfit and running.

"Having a better understanding of my patients' backgrounds, where they come from, how they live, what foods they eat, enables me to be a better provider and to give them the best care and education they need to manage their health issues," Nicole says.