Meet Sarah Gutknecht, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Gillette!
Whether they’re brightening a hospitalized child’s day, calming an anxious family before a surgery or helping to navigate a busy outpatient clinic appointment, nurses play an essential role in the work we do at Gillette.
It’s National Nurse Week and at Gillette we are thankful for all nurses do. We will be featuring a handful of nurses this week for you to meet. Today, meet Sarah Gutknecht, a pediatric nurse practitioner who was named 2011′s Distinguished Nurse of the Year by the March of Dime’s Nurse of the Year Awards.
A. Volunteering (international medical missions, plus I sit on two national boards (Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners), travel, photography, music, sports: biking, skating, skiing (okay, anything outside!)
Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire? Or, if you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
A. I am intrigued by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, I would love to have Dash’s speed from the Incredibles, but clearly the most beneficial skill would be the power to heal.
Q. What is your favorite book and food?
A. My favorite authors are Louise Erdrich and Barbara Kingsolve
B. I’m a foodie: I love all kinds of food. I enjoy going to the Farmer’s Market on the weekends. I’m no Andrew Zimmern, but I’ve had my share of unusual meals during my travels. We’re so lucky in the Twin Cities to have a plethora of amazing restaurants, from a locavore perspective to fabulous Southeast Asian restaurants. Vietnamese food is fabulous, for example, there is nothing like a good bowl of pho (noodle soup) on a rainy day.
Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
A. I’m lucky, I have been to all seven continents, but there are still many places I desire to travel to, e.g., hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, swim with whale sharks in the South Pacific, and search for Blue Penguins in New Zealand.
Q. What was your favorite subject in school?
A. I love science, anthropology, and the arts.
Q. What is your favorite type of music or band?
A. I have eclectic musical interests, and I enjoy listening to our local public radio station, 89.3 The Current.
Q. Who did you admire as a child?
A. My parents, who always seemed bigger than life. In fact, they still do. I think parenting is one of the toughest roles in life, and to be able to raise children that are good citizens is a huge success. I admire all parents.
Q. Do you have a favorite story or memory from Gillette?
A. Too many to mention here. I enjoy caring for my patients and their families, and am honored they allow me to participate in their lives.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?
A. Our kids and their families, my colleagues, an intra-disciplinary approach, and Gillette’s mission. Plus, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare not only delivers great patient care, but also has a commitment to education and research. Gillette recognizes the important role that nurses play in achieving the best possible patient outcomes, reflected in its American Nurses Credential Center Magnet Designation.