Wendy Peterson, RN, MS, FNP-BC
What do you do at UHS?
I work in both Primary and Urgent Care to keep students healthy and functioning at their best. I work as needed, so my schedule is not consistent. I especially enjoy seeing patients for skin concerns, so feel free to see me for your rashes, acne, or other skin concerns.
When did you start working at Tang?
November of 2011.
What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
Our vibrant student population and my wonderful colleagues at Tang. Our student population is so dynamic — they often push themselves incredibly hard both intellectually and physically. I’m fascinated by their dedication and creativity. Their health questions and awareness of current trends in health keep me learning and on my toes.
What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
One, take advantage of health services that don’t require a provider visit: self-screening for STIs (self-order tests online and get your supplies from the lab). Call the Advice Nurse if you think you have a simple bladder infection or get your initial contraceptive pill prescription via the Pharmacy.
Also, on a more personal note, I want to put in a plea for students and staff to WEAR A HELMET! Whether you’re skateboarding, scootering, cycling or hoverboarding, put that extra protection over your brain! I was in a minor bike crash in college and sustained a concussion just tumbling off my bike because I wasn’t wearing a helmet. It does not take much force to bruise your brain, folks. Protect your investment.
What are your hobbies/what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Cycling, yoga, guitar, hiking, camping, and generally being in nature.
What's your favorite quote?
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” - John Muir