Carrie Sawyers, APRN
Carrie has worked in the Neurosciences ICU at the University of Kentucky for the past 9 years and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree in 2015. While a majority of her patients are in the hospital for strokes, head trauma, aneurysms and seizures, she also takes care of patients with vascular blood clots and diabetic wounds.
Patient Advocacy Is A Top Priority
Many patients in the ICU are confused, become delirious and sometimes even combative. Carrie remains patient and understanding while helping the families know it’s sometimes part of the disease process. She has also learned to be a great patient advocate.
“As a nurse, you're with the patient for a solid 12-13 hours, so when the patient tells you something is wrong, they are usually right. Sometimes they just need reassurance, but often it means calling different providers or team members (respiratory,etc) to do what is best for the patient."
Carrie grew up in eastern Kentucky & moved to Texas with her husband who was in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood. While in Texas, she obtained her bachelors degree in nursing at Texas Tech University.
Family Is Important To Carrie
Carrie and her husband, Dan, currently live in Winchester with their two young children, Carson and Kennedy. They have a dog named Dallas, (a yorkie/daschund mix from Texas), a cat named Santa Paws, (a rescue from Santa himself), a fish and two dwarf frogs.
Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her children, traveling, watching her son play sports and planning birthday parties (she certainly LOVES Pinterest)!
Her favorite foods are pizza (no mushrooms or olives please) or burgers paired with a diet Mountain Dew! She also has a sweet tooth for chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
As an ICU nurse and mom of two little ones, Carrie is constantly on the go and realizes how important feet are! She is looking forward to shifting her focus from the brain to the feet with her new career.