Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP, has joined the Mahaska Health Partnership Medical Group in Oskaloosa.
Scott most recently practiced in Eddyville. She originally moved to Oskaloosa in 2012 with her husband, Tim Scott, Associate Principal at Oskaloosa High School. “We love it here, everyone is so friendly.”
Scott’s nursing career has taken her from the ICU at a metropolitan hospital, to organ donor coordination to vascular surgery and finally, Nurse Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Iowa Heart Center before entering Family Practice. “I loved my work at the Iowa Heart Center but it’s nice to apply what I learned on the emergency side to the day-to-day care of my patients in a family practice setting,” Scott said.
“I really enjoy the personal relationships I develop with my patients. My goal is to always meet them where they are, to be a really strong advocate for their wishes. There are times when a patient’s choice and their family’s desires don’t quite match up. Helping my patient navigate those choices and have that conversation with their family fulfills me because I hope I’ve helped them find peace of mind,” she shared.
Scott’s dream of helping people began with a drawing in kindergarten. “My mom still has it framed, Jenny was going to be a doctor,” she said.
Scott’s education began at the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in Science, pre-med track. “Then my twin boys, Ben and Zach, and their brother, Jordan, came along, ”Scott laughed. “I took a break for a while but I always planned to go back.”
Go back she did, working through her RN all the way through to a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in 2011; in addition to continuing her work at the Iowa Heart Center. “As an RN at Iowa Heart, I worked in vascular surgery but when I graduated, they only had a nurse practitioner opening in cardiothoracic surgery; so I’m well versed in the ‘plumbing and the engine’ of the heart,” Scott quipped.
Her vast experience with cardiology has served her well in family practice. “Family Practice has been so much fun,” Scott explained. “Emergency medicine is my background so it’s been nice to shift gears. However, my experience with injuries and diseases of the heart has enhanced the care I provide.
“I have a ‘less is more’ philosophy and try to meet my patients where they are. If we can work together to determine a treatment plan that fits their goals and lifestyle, we’re a lot more successful.”
Scott is now accepting new patients on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa. She treats patients of all ages from birth to end-of-life and has a special interest in children and people dealing with cardiac issues. For an appointment, call 641.672.3360.