Olga Bartley, FNP ‘17, is a member of the first graduating cohort of Family Nurse Practitioners at Le Moyne. After graduation, Olga joined the Crouse Hospital Dependency Treatment Services team, whose staff comprises psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, counselors, and many more—a wide cross-section of the healthcare community. As a part of the Chemical Dependency Treatment Services team, Olga is instrumental in providing substance abuse treatment for patients and their families in Central New York and five surrounding counties.
Where are you currently working, and what sort of work do you do there?
I work in the Chemical Dependency Treatment Services unit at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
How did the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Le Moyne prepare you for your career?
I don't think I would survive on my current job if it were not for Le Moyne and all I had been taught, especially to be able to think independently.
What do you find most rewarding about your career?
The ability to investigate and find "answers."
What was your favorite memory during your time at Le Moyne?
There are too many to list. I loved all my professors and classes.
If you had to give any advice to a current student of this program, what would it be?
Take it all in as much as possible. Spend extra time on problems and learn as much as you can. Don't worry about the grades; spend more time on the quality of your knowledge. Learn to take a good HPI—it will answer a lot of questions. And trust yourself.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Course Hospital.