After spending a few years as a nurse, I opted to go to law school. I choose to pursue a law degree when I recognized a great need for nursing and patient advocacy. Patient safety and quality of care are passions of mine. During law school, I worked as an RN in a variety of roles and as a law clerk in a personal injury firm. In my case, because I was a trauma nurse, I felt that I was helping the same population while clerking at the law office – in a different, but equally rewarding way. I feel as though the legal profession is just as much of a “caring” profession as the nursing profession. Or so it should be. Because I wanted to advocate on a national level for the well-being of nurses and patients alike, I packed up and headed for the DC area only two days after my graduation. Since I have been in the area, I have worked as a nurse educator and have continued working towards a master’s in nursing with a focus on health care policy. I have been in the northern Virginia area since 2010, but have visited frequently over the years. In addition to representing and helping individuals solve legal problems, I have an interest in promoting policies designed to promote patient safety and to protect the rights of victims of medical malpractice.