Katie Puening, NP
Katie Puening works as a nurse practitioner on Valley View’s Palliative Care team. She is a licensed Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in chronic disease management, cardiology, and oncology. Recently, Katie has attained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado in December of 2021. “My focus is in improving patient care not from a data perspective,” she says, “but through looking at the whole person and individual care.”
Katie spent a large part of her career working in Chicago and Denver, two large metropolitan areas that make patient connection a challenge. “One of the things I love about my current job is the connection I get to make,” she says. “In a large hospital system, you rarely see the same patients twice. Here those patients are a part of the community, just like I am.”
I’m from the Midwest originally, so this environment is much more my speed. It’s a really pleasant change.”
As a palliative care nurse, Katie gets many opportunities to connect with her patients. “I love getting to know them on a very individual level,” she says. “I have a lot of opportunities to learn who they are and align that with the treatment regimen we utilize with them. Again, living in such a small community where connection is easier makes that relationship so much more intimate and productive.”
Thanks to her educational path, Katie hasn’t had a ton of time for recreation lately. “Quality of life and work balance are very important to me but finishing up a doctoral program has definitely taken over to some extent,” she says. Not to say she hasn’t indulged her hobbies at all—Katie spends her precious spare time spinning her own yarn out of Colorado wool, and then knitting that yarn into her own creations.
“I think my patients have taught me that you have to latch on to those things which bring you joy, and keep those things central in your life,” she says. “Weaving, knitting and spinning represent joy to me, and as such I’ve made time for them even in the midst of a very busy time.”