Sheela Isikwe ,APRN, FNP-BC, AAHVIS is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and certified in HIV Medicine from Houston, Texas. Sheela received her Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas (Galveston Branch) in 2014.
What inspired me to become a practitioner?
I graduated in 2011 with a BSN from Texas Tech University, and that was the most rewarding thing I could have done as I set out to embark on this journey in medicine. I worked as a Nurse Clinician II on a Medical/Surgical unit at Ben Taub, which is a very renowned trauma hospital in the heart of Houston’s Medical Center. My experience as a bedside nurse was what ignited my drive and passion to see patients before they reach the hospital beds. I have now completed my Master’s degree in Nursing and have received certification as Family Nurse Practitioner to pursue my passion. My interest in Internal Medicine with a focus on chronic illnesses/infectious disease came because many Americans are living with more than one chronic disease. The patient should not only be managed or treated based on the symptoms of their conditions, the whole person should be managed in a comprehensive approach that focuses on promoting overall health. I enjoy researching new innovations in the management of HIV, HTN, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, and Thyroid disease.
What is my philosophy on patient care?
As each one of us sets out to start the races of life, we are faced with numerous obstacles, such as socio-economic class or gender, that place us at different starting lines. Our starting positions in life may never be equal, but wherever we start, our ability to run will be influenced by the quality of our health. Ensuring that the individuals of a community are healthy to run their race regardless of the obstacles is a challenging feat, but I am committed to contributing to this challenging issue.
What brought me to St. Hope?
I believe we must come together as a global community to combat diseases and promote conditions in which communities can be healthy. My experiences as a Nurse Practitioner relating to HIV and other chronic illness have continued to propel my curiosity for further research in patient care.