After receiving her BS in nursing from the University of NC at Chapel Hill (2000), Blaine began her career in the NC Jaycee Burn Center. She worked with a complex patient population, providing burn care to patients from all across NC. It is here that she developed a love for education, as she worked with outreach programs on fire safety.
In 2007, she transitioned to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care (CTICU) for a new challenge. The CTICU provided new educational opportunities including ventricular assist devices and intra-abdominal balloon pumps. Blaine continued to foster her education, and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, in 2011.
Blaine is currently practicing as a board certified nurse practitioner (NP) with the Surgery Oncology Service, at UNC Healthcare. She works with the inpatient population, managing postoperative care for the complex oncology population. She continues to grow, in this ever evolving role and current research surrounds examining the benefits advanced practice providers provide to healthcare systems.
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Intra-aortic Baloon Pump and Ventricular Assist Device Certified
Poster Presentation, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner Partnership with Nursing Enhances Outcomes for Patients and the Organization, B. Brower and Anne Spain. AANP National Conference, 2014
Podium Presentation, National Nursing Magnet Conference, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner Partnership with Nursing Enhances Outcomes for Patients and the Organization. B. Brower and Anne Spain, 2013
Poster Presentation, Surgical Society of Oncology, Addition of a dedicated nurse practitioner to a busy surgical service improves discharge efficiency and patient satisfaction. HJ Kim, RS Sweeting, B Brower, IR Dickinson, EA Spain, MO Meyers, AA Meyer, 2013
HONORS AND AWARDS
Advanced Practice Provider Award, UNC Department of Surgery, 2013-2014
UNC Oncology Nursing Excellence Award, UNC Department of Oncology, 2013
Certificate of Excellence in the Preceptor Role, UNC Hospitals, TICU, 2010
Nursing Recognition “SPARK” Award, UNC Chapel Hill, Jaycee Burn Center, 2005
Certificate of Recognition, United States Army Special Operations Division, FEDS_HEAL, 2004