Jessica M. Sullivan, APRN
Specialties: Family Medicine
Medical Education Illinois State University (Normal, IL)
Board Certification(s) American Nurses Credentialing Center
Professional Memberships National Health Service Corps, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
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For Jessica, being a part of OSF HealthCare means feeling a sense of family no matter where she goes in the Ministry. “I truly believe that Mission Partners at OSF are committed to living the Mission every day,” she said.
Jessica actually got into nursing by chance.
“I am the first person in my family to go to college, so I didn’t have a lot of guidance about what to do with my life,” she said. “My godmother, who has now been a nurse for 40-plus years, encouraged me to give nursing a try, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I immediately loved the strong personal connections I was able to develop with patients, which is still part of what I love about my career to this day.”
She decided to be a family medicine nurse practitioner because of the variety of ages and health issues she sees. “I care for all types of patients – from newborn to the elderly. I really enjoy building relationships with our patients. I feel a strong patient-provider relationship really enhances care.”
Her patient-focused approach to care allows her to work collaboratively with her patients without being judgmental. “When patients see me, I really try to get them involved in their care,” Jessica said. “Appointments with me are relaxed and focused on the needs of the patient.”
Jessica and her husband have a young daughter and two dogs (Shelties). When not working, she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time outdoors and listening to music. In addition, she volunteers and sees patients at the Community Health Clinic.
With a passion for teaching, Jessica teaches the family practitioner class and clinical group at Mennonite College of Nursing. “I love serving as a preceptor for family nurse practitioner students from Mennonite and have a student with me in the office every fall and spring semester.”