Penny Sparkman, RN
- Phone: 314-454-8212
How long have you been in the medical field?
17 years at Washington University; 5 years in GI, 1 year in Neuro-Surgery, 2 years with Clinical Research/Inpatient, 9 years in Urological Surgery
What are your background and education?
I have held an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing since becoming an RN in 1993. I also have an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, which are the MLT & ASCP certification.
I have worked in multiple aspects of Nursing including General Medical /Surgical floor, Telemetry, Step-down Cardiac/Respiratory Unit where I was Assistant Manager in that Unit for 4 years, as well as in Urology, Neurosurgery, and the Intensive Care Unit.
I also have experience in multiple labs, on the bench performing laboratory testing for over 10 years, the American Red Cross, and numerous local hospitals. For the Red Cross, I was part of the Tissue Retrieval Service where we did cadaver tissue retrieval (bone, eye, skin, Dura- mater, heart for valves, veins). These tissues were taken back to the lab and processed for transplant.
While working in Urology for multiple clinicians, I assisted with setting up the program and Research Protocols; and performed Microwave therapy for the Prostate. I was assigned to do special procedures for the department (Urodynamic Studies, Cystoscopies, biopsies). I also set up the clinical lab and performed semen analysis for which I received CLIA certification, for a Urologist seeing male infertility patients.
I have participated in Inpatient Research while at Washington University; I cared for patients undergoing Research Protocols that required multiple Infusions, Scans, and biopsies. Most of these patients stayed multiple nights.
In Neurosurgery, I worked with a Neurosurgeon whose specialty was nerve repair/transplant.
Currently, I am working with Dr. Alexandra Gutierrez, specializing in IBD.
Why do you love what you do?
I truly enjoy working with our patients. I love working with a physician that is cutting edge, does the BEST for her patients, takes the time to explain their disease, their treatments, and what is expected of them as a patient on these treatments.
What are your career goals?
I’m where I want to be.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I really love dogs, especially therapy dogs and the programs they are associated with.