Doctor Spotlight 2014: Lindsay Leeder, ARNP
Specialty: Nurse practitioner, family medicine
Hospital affiliation: Edmonds Family Medicine
Why did you choose to become a nurse practitioner?
I entered the field of nursing in an effort to serve others and affect change in a meaningful way. I wanted to learn how to care for the whole person and to provide patients with education and tools that are empowering and healing.
How has your role changed over the years?
The field of nursing offers a great amount of freedom, and I have been fortunate to explore various areas within academia and clinical practice. I am blessed to have a multifaceted career that enables me to engage in the areas of leadership development, global engagement and advanced-practice nursing care.
Have you had an experience that convinced you that you made the right choice?
It is truly a privilege to be able to accompany individuals as a nurse practitioner and nurse educator. I don’t know if it is possible to isolate a solitary experience, but I am certainly reminded of this incredible privilege when I recall helping save a life, collaborating with my inspiring nursing and physician colleagues, sharing the sacred and complex spaces of birth or death, assisting students to feel a little more confident in their abilities, or walking alongside local and global community members to develop sustainable solutions.
What’s the one lesson you wish your patients would take to heart?
Life is complex, and it is easy to become discouraged and feel overwhelmed by the demands that surround us. We tend to make unhealthy choices out of convenience, forget to take care of ourselves and search for quick fixes. If we can take small steps in our daily lives to nurture ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and to do this in community with others, then we are much more inclined to achieve sustainable health benefits. And I believe it is out of this self-awareness and commitment to healthy living that we are also much more equipped to live peacefully and serve the world around us.