Every mother’s wish is to have a smooth pregnancy and delivery without issue. But when a delivery situation becomes high-risk or complications arise, St. John Owasso and neonatal nurse practitioner Kirsten White, APRN, CNP are prepared.
White is trained in a role that provides assistance in a variety of scenarios related to the unborn or newborn child. White’s role begins prior to a baby’s birth, as she discusses with obstetricians the anticipated issues and needs of a pre-term or full-term infant who is possibly critically ill. White medically manages babies’ deliveries and their hospital stay. She also collaborates with St. John Owasso’s health care teams to assess, diagnose, manage and evaluate a newborn’s medical needs. If the health needs are critical, she stabilizes sick newborns for transport to a neonatal intensive care unit, as well as coordinating with neonatologists on the overall transfer care of the infant.
“Participating in the miracle of birth each day, and helping a newborn take their first breathe is a gift I never take for granted. I am lucky that my vocation is also my love,” said White. “The interaction I have with infants and families, our medical staff and the community creates an opportunity to bring this gift full circle.”
In addition to coordination of care and treatment for critical infants, White also serves as an important link for neonatal education to both the community and to St. John Owasso healthcare providers. White leads parent education classes on such topics as Newborn 101. From a clinical perspective, White offers her expertise by serving as an educational instructor for St. John Owasso staff on topics such as neonatal resuscitation and stabilization strategies. Since joining St. John Owasso, White has also been a key factor educating physicians and staff on recent changes by the American Academy of Pediatrics on procedures and equipment for newborn resuscitation.
“We are so pleased to be able to provide the community of Owasso and surrounding communities the benefits of a neonatal nurse practitioner so close to home. Kirsten brings an incredible amount of experience and expertise to our patients, and it is an honor for St. John Owasso to have a medical professional of her caliber on staff,” said David Phillips, St. John Owasso chief executive officer.
White also serves as a community resource for area nursing schools, by providing educational experiences such as to nursing students during their clinical rotations in the St. John Owasso nursery.
White is a Tulsa native and 1984 graduate of Thomas Edison High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from University of Virginia in 1988. She earned her Master of Science degree in nursing from Emory University in 1991.
In addition to her role of neonatal nurse practitioner at St. John Owasso, White has held similar positions in Tulsa, Dallas and Charlotte.
About St. John Owasso
St. John Owasso is a not-for-profit healthcare facility sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother through the St. John Health System. St. John Owasso features a 24-hour emergency department, women’s services, all digital radiology, and state-of-the-art operating suites. St. John Owasso’s Center for Women’s Health includes a full-service labor and delivery unit, postpartum rooms and a newborn nursery.