CNP Elise Miller chose intensive care because she enjoys the fast pace and intellectual challenge of it. But, what she found inspires her most is the resilience of these critically ill children in Akron Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Their strength and never-ending optimism is what gets her up every morning to contribute to their care.
As our newest critical care nurse practitioner in the PICU, Elise is honored to contribute to the care of critically ill or severely injured kids who need advanced treatments, special monitoring and around-the-clock observation. In her new role, her goal is to put her knowledge of medicine to work, all the while helping children and families navigate the challenges that come with being hospitalized.
While it’s a fast-paced environment, Elise slows down to make sure every patient and family understand they are safe, being well cared for and in the best place possible to heal.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s Hospital?
I fell in love with Akron Children’s friendly, upbeat culture. It is contagious!
Describe your role at Akron Children’s and what you hope to accomplish.
I am an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to share knowledge of medicine and help children and their families navigate the challenges that come with being hospitalized.
What is your area of expertise and why did you choose it?
Pediatric intensive care is my specialty and has always been my passion. I came to Akron Children’s PICU as a nurse in 2015 and haven’t looked back. I love the fast pace and intellectual challenge of intensive care. The resilience of critically ill children has always inspired me, and I’m honored to be able to contribute to their care in a new way.
What do you like most about being a provider?
I love my team! Practicing with such an intelligent and talented group of APPs, PAs and physicians is such a privilege.
What impression do you hope to leave with your patients each day?
I hope patients and families know they are safe, cared for and in the best place possible to heal.
How does your personality fit your role?
I’m outgoing, so I love getting to talk to patients and their families.
How do you deal with the emotional impact of being a provider?
I make having a work/life balance a priority and lean on my colleagues for support.
What excites you most about medicine?
I love how medicine is ever changing and I will always have something new to learn!
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My family includes my fiancé, Mitch, and our 2 cats: Doctor Sox and Carmella.
Who had the greatest influence on you and why?
My mom and dad had the greatest influence on me! They have been such amazing role models my entire life. I would not be where I am today without their guidance and unconditional love.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
So far, Anna Maria Island, Fla., tops the list. The beaches are gorgeous and it has top-notch seafood!
What piece of advice did someone give you when you were young that still resonates with you today?
My mom always told me to: “Be generous, be kind, always.”
What was your first paying job?
My first job was in the gift shop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was such a fun place to work!