National Nurse Practitioner Week
Nurse practitioner Tiffany Todd challenges others to never stop learning.
Todd developed a love for learning at a young age. The daughter of two educators, she was reminded that there is always room for improvement and “the moment you stop learning, you stall and become stagnate.”
Todd was a young parent. Her daughter was born when she was 16 years old, followed by her son when she was 19.
“Becoming a parent was challenging. I had to learn how to be a parent. At that age, it wasn’t instinctual for me. I was also juggling school and work.”
She attended St. Petersburg Junior College in 2001. While attending college Todd completed a perioperative internship, and in 2009, she began to shift into a management position. Still wanting to grow, she asked her colleagues for help.
“I was working with a lot of NPs and PAs in surgery. They really encouraged me because I was asking for more, more, more.”
Ultimately, her niece gave her the inspiration to attend school to become an NP, and in 2014, she did just that. Most would find difficulties with balancing work, school and family, but Todd had motivation: her children.
“If it weren’t for my kids, I don’t know if I would’ve gotten up at four in the morning to get them ready for daycare and have those long days.”
In 2018, Todd joined WellMed as a NP manager where she leads a spectacular team of quality and risk adjustment NPs. Along with her team, Tiffany assists in clinics, visits patient homes and even hosts wellness events such as drive-up vaccine services.
Todd is currently studying at the University of South Florida, quenching her thirst for knowledge as she pursues her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Taking inspiration from her parents, Todd is a huge advocate for continuing education.
“Education is something that no one can ever take away from you. It will only open doors for you. It will never close doors. It will even create new doors for you.”
When asked what advice she would give to people considering taking the leap into furthering their education, Todd said, “Keep going and keep educating yourself. There’s just so much opportunity out there. Things won’t just be handed to you, but if you have an open mind and you have a desire, education will take you there. You just have to take the journey.”