Tiffany Nelson, MSN, RN, ANP-C, has always worked hard to achieve her goals, including the impressive credentials behind her name. Yet all her success is driven by her passion to help others. It's in her DNA.
Her mom was a nurse and died when Tiffany was just 15. Raised by her grandparents from then on, Tiffany was shaped by her mother as well as by her grandmother, who dedicated herself to community work and opened her home to those in need.
"Our family has a natural affinity to help people," Tiffany explains. "I originally wanted to become a doctor but the tuition was a barrier. I was committed to funding my education myself because I didn't want to burden my grandparents. Today as a nurse practitioner, I'm still able to help people and make a positive impact in someone's life."
She first attended St. Louis Community College and graduated in 2003 with an associate's degree. For the next several years, she worked as a nurse in various settings. Then she took another important step in her career and graduated from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2009 with a BSN. Two years later, she received her MSN from the college and became an adult nurse practitioner—adding ANP-C behind her name.
Tiffany soon discovered a love for caring for the elderly and has worked in long-term care facilities ever since.