Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Lindsay Fredrickson: ‘I love getting to know my patients and what they need’
Brighter and warmer days, the “charm of a smaller environment” and a new career opportunity attracted Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Lindsay Fredrickson to Nevada County – and Western Sierra Medical Clinic.
“We were just looking for a community in which we can grow,” says Fredrickson.
So, her family left Eugene, Ore., for Nevada County. She joined the clinic in early 2022, and works in the Grass Valley office.
“I wanted to grow somewhere,” Fredrickson says of her decision to join Western Sierra.
It’s been a great fit personally and professionally, especially since the community has experienced a baby boom during the past year.
“I always had a desire to work with new moms and their babies,” says Fredrickson, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota.
“Once I focused more on pediatrics, I knew I could make more of a difference, have more of an impact,” says Fredrickson, who has been in health care since 2015.
Five years later, Fredrickson earned a master’s degree in nursing from Maryville University of St. Louis and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, allowing her to be a primary-care provider for newborns to young adults.
As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, she can help newborns and mothers who are breastfeeding – and mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed.
“I’m honored to help them and put them at ease,” she says. “It’s very important for me to help with the transition of patients’ lives.”
Of course, a newborn has a life-changing effect on the entire family, including brothers and sisters.
“I really enjoy helping siblings learn more about their brother or sister,” Fredrickson says.
It’s a much-appreciated approach, especially since many families are dealing with numerous challenges, from emotional to financial.
“People are always trying to be resilient,” she says. “Sometimes we forget how complicated things can be.”
But asking for – and offering – help can go a long way between patients and providers.
“It’s important to listen,” Fredrickson says. “Sometimes you have to dig further. I love getting to know my patients and what they need.”
Caring for and helping people is why Fredrickson chose health care as a profession.
“I’ve always wanted to be a helper,” she says. “I have a healthy dose of empathy.”
Much like the other providers in the eight-member pediatrics team.
“We have a pretty tight crew,” she says. “We all work very well together. I appreciate my coworkers so much. This has been a very easy transition.”
The move from the Pacific Northwest, where Fredrickson was born and raised, has also been easy for her family. On weekends, they enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the many small communities in the region.
“We’re loving it,” she says.