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Kimberly Heathcotte

Hello. I am Kimberly Heathcotte ACNP-BC, DCNP, DNP student. I have been married to Brice for 22 years. We have two children Samuel, age 14, and Evelyn, age 9, who keep us busy with their various activities. In my free time I enjoy running long distance with my son. I also enjoy yoga by our lake and taking pictures. When I can, I like to volunteer at my church or in the community. Prior to the pandemic, I provided free skin screenings and public educational lectures regarding sun protection and skin cancer detection.

I first started working for Deaconess on January 1, 2000, as a graduate nurse on a cardiac unit at Deaconess Midtown. I spent most of my nursing career working on some type of cardiac unit either at Deaconess or Norton Healthcare in Louisville. I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007 with my Masters’ degree in nursing. I participated in and published research regarding spirituality and heart disease. I worked as a nurse practitioner for a couple of years at the Heart Group.

I began my current position in November of 2010 as a nurse practitioner at Deaconess Dermatology Clinic. After working 3000 hours in Dermatology, I was able to sit for the certification exam. I obtained certification in the dermatology field in 2015. I also carry a Bachelors’ degree in Recombinant Genetics and Chemistry from Western Kentucky University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate degree in nursing through the University of Southern Indiana. My DNP research project involves an educational tool to help nurse practitioners improve early detection of melanoma skin cancer. I believe it is obvious that I enjoy education; I hope to utilize my next degree in an educational/nursing leadership role. One of my goals is to join the Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council at Deaconess.

At the Deaconess outpatient Dermatology clinic, we see patients across the lifespan. I work with an amazing medical assistant, Jodie Buckley. The two of us will see on average 25 patients a day with a minimum of 22 and maximum of 28. I treat a few patients with simple problems such as acne or warts; but most often, I perform full skin examinations to detect skin cancer. I perform biopsies and excisions on a daily basis as well. I see numerous new consults mostly for new rashes. I have a large population of patients with psoriasis receiving treatment with biologic agents.

In addition, I precept USI family nurse practitioners or IU medical residents one to two days a week. I also help train new nurse practitioners in our department.

Our practice has grown from myself and one physician to four physicians and five nurse practitioners. Two more physicians are joining us in the fall. It is an exciting time in dermatology with many new biologic medications available to treat psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, and hidradenitis. I have enjoyed working in this field and interacting with my patients. It has been rewarding to treat longtime patients and their families. The biggest compliment I receive is referrals from my patients to their families and friends. It has also been an honor to receive the Evansville Couriers Reader’s Choice award for best Dermatologist in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

I have been blessed to be a nurse for so many years. I hope to continue to learn, teach, and grow. Ultimately, I hope to leave a positive mark on the field, and in at least some small way, advance the profession.

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