GLOUCESTER, Va. – It’s not what you do. It’s how you do it. That’s the philosophy that guides Megan Vocu, the newest Family Nurse Practitioner at Riverside’s Hayes Medical Center near Gloucester Point.
“I’m delighted to be a part of the Hayes Medical Center team and build on their patient-centered approach to care,” Vocu said. “I want my patients to know that when I’m working with them, when I’m in the room with them, it’s all about them. I will take all the time they need to ensure they understand their plan of care, feel included in their treatment and are comfortable with it.”
While she grew up in a military family, Virginia has been home for Vocu for years. After graduating from Bethel Christian High School, Vocu went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, followed by her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Walden University in Minnesota.
“I always knew I wanted to go into the health care field, but I didn’t always know I wanted to be a nurse,” Vocu said. “In fact, I always had my heart set on being a pediatrician. My freshman year of college my Dad said he saw me as a nurse and I should give it a try. I fell in love with what nurses do on my first day of clinicals and have been nursing ever since.”
Vocu is no stranger to Riverside. Before joining the Hayes Medical Center practice Vocu served as an Emergency Department nurse at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg. Then, during her FNP rotations, she worked under David Justis, M.D. at the Hayes Medical Center.
“I learned the most from him, from his experience as an ER doc. You name it, he’s done it, and even still, he’s teaching us new things. I had such a positive experience learning from him that I wanted to work with him,” Vocu said. Inspired by Justis’ bedside manner and philosophy of treating patients, Vocu doesn’t see patients as a diagnosis. “I see them as a person,” she said.
Vocu is welcoming new general family practice patients. “I started my nursing career as a pediatric ICU nurse,” Vocu said. “I moved to the emergency room after that to get a broader spectrum of experience. That all helps me here because I’ve seen such various ages that I am able to work well with patients at every stage of life.”
Because there are not many pediatric specific practices located in the Gloucester Point region, Vocu anticipates working a great deal with school-age children. And she welcomes that. “If you teach kids at a young age healthy lifestyle and healthy habits, the issues we see in adults later can be avoided,” Vocu said.
No matter what age her patients, though, Vocu approaches each one with a question: “how can I be on this journey and walk alongside you and make you happier and healthier and your quality of life better?” Then she listens. “Good, patient centered care is all about listening and getting patients involved in their care,” Vocu said.
Vocu lives in Newport News and when she’s not in the clinic she enjoys coaching high school volleyball and spending time with family.
Hayes Medical Center is welcoming new patients and is located near Gloucester Point at 2246 George Washington Memorial Highway. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, or make an appointment, visit www.riversideonline.com/YOU or call (804) 642-6171.
Published: February 13, 2018