James-Petersen has cared for children for almost 20 years as a registered nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner. She began her pediatric nursing career at CHKD as a registered nurse serving children that required a variety of medical/surgical nursing care. She then transitioned to Portsmouth Naval Hospital working as the Nurse Manager for the Gastroenterology Division. This is where her love and passion for Gastroenterology developed.
As a parent of a child with numerous gastrointestinal issues, she has special insight into some of the challenges that her patients and their families face. She strives to treat each the same way she would like her child to be treated and embraces the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with each family. Most importantly, she enjoys the unique experience she has with each child and watching her patients grow and flourish.
She completed her doctor of nursing practice in 2012 at Chatham University.
When she’s not caring for children, she loves running outdoors and participating in local races. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places while interacting with people of different cultures.
- Working with children with special needs
- Contributor Editor: Chapter 33- Gastrointestinal Disorders, Burns: Pediatric Primary Care, 6th edition. (2017)
Community Involvement and Memberships:
National Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners
HR-NAPNAP Hampton Roads Chapter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
CHKD Main Hospital
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