Promise adds two nurse practitioners

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center welcomed two new nurse practitioners this year. Emily Leinen of Canton, SD, joined the clinic in January. Sarah Hietbrink, 38, of Sioux Center, joined the health center in September.

SIOUX CENTER—Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center welcomed two new nurse practitioners this year.

Sarah Hietbrink, 38, of Sioux Center, joined the health center in September. Emily Leinen of Canton, SD, joined the clinic in January.

Here’s a closer look who each nurse practitioner is and what brought them to their careers:

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Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center welcomed nurse practitioner Sarah Hietbrink, 38, of Sioux Center, to its staff in September.

AT A GLANCE:

Name: Sarah Hietbrink

Position: Nurse practitioner

Start date: Sept. 29

Age: 38

Residence: Sioux Center

Education: Nursing degree from the University of Iowa, 2001-05; master of science as Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Briar Cliff University 2018-21.

Experience: I have 16 years experience as a registered nurse, working at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, for three years, Cherokee Regional Medical Center for two years, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Sioux City for one year, Sunnybrook Morningside Family Practice Clinic in Sioux City for one year and most recently Sioux Center Health for nine years. All of her clinical hours completed in school were through the Sioux Center Health Medical Clinic. I am excited to officially start practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Promise. All of my clinical hours completed in school were through the Sioux Center Health Medical Clinic. I am excited to officially start practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Promise.

Family: Husband, Eric; three children — Braedon, 13; Brinley, 9; and Brecken, 7.

Interests: I am passionate about staying active. I love to run and workout. I love to go boating with my family and friends in the summer. I also enjoy traveling. Spending quality time with my family and friends is very important to me.

Question: Why did you want to become a nurse practitioner?

Answer: “I have always thought about going back to school. I had initially thought about going back to get my masters in nursing informatics when I was down in Kansas City. I have always looked up to my younger sister, Megan, who obtained her DNP (doctor of Nursing Practice) while working full time and taking care of her own family. I started to really entertain the idea of going back to school when our youngest child was born. As a nurse, you often care for patients who are acutely ill. I wanted to be able to reach patients on a different level. I wanted to be able to provide primary care. I am also very passionate about preventive care and want this to be at the cornerstone of my practice.”

Q: How did you come to choose the family practice setting?

A: “As I was completing my clinicals at Sioux Center Health, I realized I wanted to be in family practice. I enjoy taking care of patients of all ages. I enjoy the variety of patients that are seen in primary care. I feel that Promise really focuses on preventive care, which I am excited about. The staff have been so welcoming and I am grateful for this opportunity.

Q: Why were you interested in joining Promise?

A: “I was interested in working at Promise for many reasons. One of those reasons is that I have heard many great things about Promise from friends and others in the community. I also wanted to work as a nurse practitioner in the community that my family and I love. I feel I will be able to serve my community by providing quality primary care to patients and families in the area and surrounding areas.”

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Nurse practitioner Emily Leinen of Canton, SD, joined Promise Community Health Center in January.

AT A GLANCE

Name: Emily Leinen

Position: Nurse practitioner

Start date: January 2021

Age: 33

Residence: Canton, SD

Education: Nursing degree from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, May 2012; master of science as Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Mount Marty University, May 2020. I am also enrolled at Mount Marty University pursuing my postmasters psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification. I will graduate with that this coming May. I would like to obtain my doctorate at some point in the future as well with a focus on leadership and education.

Experience: I started my nursing career on a surgical trauma floor June 2012. Thereafter, I gained experience in inpatient float pool, women’s health, family medicine, community health and urgent care. I found my passion when I worked in community health at a federally qualified health center. As a registered nurse, it was by far my favorite position. When looking for a career as an NP, I knew I wanted to work at a federally qualified health center.

Family: Husband Jordan; four children — Allison, 12; Liliana, 8; Jack, 4; and Jhett, 2. We also have two dogs — a German Shepard mix and French bulldog.

Interests: I enjoy arts, crafts, baking, painting, and camping.

Question: Why did you want to become a nurse practitioner?

A: “Working in community health as an RN really piqued my interest in going back to school to further my education. Social determinants of health impact a patient’s overall health, quality of life, and psychosocial physical well-being. I wanted to be able to increase access to care to vulnerable and underserved populations while providing a personalized approach to health care, health maintenance, and wellness.”

Q: How would you describe your role as a NP? What aspects of your job do you enjoy?

A: “I would describe my role as a partnership with my patients wherein the goal is to increase access to preventive, acute and chronic care; providing education and health promotion across the age span. I enjoy when I get to see multiple members of the same family. Mental health plays such a strong role in our physical health, so that is a big passion of mine. I most enjoy learning my patient’s unique stories, providing care across the age span, and building a patient-provider relationship with my patients. Every day I learn something new, and that is a large part of what I love about my job as well — I am continually learning.”

Q: Why where you interested in working at Promise and/or coming to Sioux Center if you’re not from the area?

A: “I knew I wanted to work at a federally qualified health center and I knew I wanted to serve a small community. I was impressed with the leadership at Promise the first time we met. This made it an easy choice to choose to work at Promise and serve the community.”