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October 25, 2013

MHP nurse practitioner balances work, family

OSKALOOSA — Balancing work and family life can be done.

No matter how busy one area of life gets, there are people who find ways to be strong in every facet of their lives.

Melissa Lamb, a nurse practitioner in the allergy and pulmonary office at Mahaska Health Partnership, is one of those people.

Lamb has two children, Nora, who will soon be 5, and 2 ½-year-old Miles. Her husband, Cory, serves as a system administrator for MHP's Information Technology Department.

In addition to working normal business hours Monday through Friday, Lamb's office takes after-hours calls. They also do documentation outside of regular business hours while in the office.

Lamb's office processes around 30 to 40 patients each day, she said. There's a lot of time spent on the phone, as well.

Because what Lamb does is such a specialized area, she sees patients in her office from many places, including Iowa's surrounding states. Her patients include people of all ages from babies to those in their 90s.

“The typical patient that comes here is someone that has tremendous allergy symptoms — runny/stuffy nose, itchy/watery eyes,” explained Lamb. “We also see patients with breathing problems — coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath.”

So, how does Lamb make time for family?

She stays focused on whatever hat she's wearing at the time.

“My intention, from when I started my career, was to always be present and focused on whatever role I was fulfilling at the time,” she said. “So, if I was in with a patient, I wanted to be very engaged and focused on what they're talking about and try and let the other stuff leave my mind.”

As a wife and mother, Lamb says she stays engaged and focused when fulfilling that area of life, as well.

In order to be her best in all areas of life, Lamb said she keeps up “healthy habits” like eating right, getting quality sleep and exercising.

When not at work, she said her family like to do activities together that are physical sothey get time together while keeping healthy. She credits planning ahead and being organized when successfully balancing family and work. Lamb also pointed to her husband, Cory, saying having him helps a great deal.

“I try and anticipate instead of just react to things,” Lamb said.

What also helps is the fact that Lamb enjoys her work immensely.

“I absolutely love what I do,” she said. “I truly enjoy coming to work every day. I get to make a difference in somebody's life every single day.”

Balancing work and family life involves a lot of people, Lamb said. Friends, family and fellow church members serve as a valuable support system.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.


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