Medicine wasn’t always the career path Erin Bujnoch, CNP, thought she would take — marine biologist, veterinarian and pilot also made the list. Though she wasn’t sure growing up which exciting career path she’d wind up taking, she was certain helping someone, or something, would be a big part of her role. That someone, turns out, is children.
As much as Erin loves exploring the ocean and learning about life underwater — she still holds out hope to one day learn to scuba dive — she’s most passionate about diagnosing and treating kids and teens with minor to acute medical conditions as our newest certified nurse practitioner at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, Boardman. “Kids always have a way of brightening my day and have some of the funniest commentary,” she said.
Erin hopes to make a difference by providing quality care to patients, while also offering education and resources to families and caregivers. Her goal is to leave patients with the impression that she is an open-minded and knowledgeable provider who is eager to answer all their questions and concerns. After all, helping and interacting with kids, as opposed to pets or marine organisms, ultimately is why she chose this path.
Why did you choose to come to Akron Children’s Hospital?
I have always had a passion for pediatrics, starting as a new grad in nursing at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital NICU. After moving to northeast Ohio, I am very excited to be getting back into the pediatric population for a renowned organization like Akron Children’s.
Describe your role at Akron Children’s and what you hope to accomplish.
I am a certified nurse practitioner at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, Boardman. I hope to make a difference by providing quality care to my patients, as well as offering education and resources to their families and caregivers. I would love for patients of all ages to feel comfortable coming to me with their questions and concerns about health and lifestyle.
What is your area of expertise and why did you choose it?
I am a family nurse practitioner. I have worked in departments from the NICU to dermatologic aesthetics to oncology/hematology and now back to pediatric primary care. I love having the ability to care for all ages and incorporate holistic approaches into a patient’s medical care.
What impression do you hope to leave with your patients each day?
I hope that I leave the impression that I am an open-minded and knowledgeable provider who is here to answer all their questions. I hope they can feel comfortable opening up to me with their concerns.
What’s the best part of your day?
The best part of my workday is when I get to interact with kids. They always have a way of brightening my day and have some of the funniest commentary.
What achievements are you most proud of?
I am most proud of receiving a Daisy Award as a NICU nurse. To know that I made a difference to a family during the hardest part of their life was something I will cherish forever.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My husband, Austen, is a college football coach. My son, Auggie, just turned one years old and loves to play with our fur children: a 7-year-old Boxer mix named Mack and a 3-year-old black Lab mix named Millie.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a marine biologist, vet, pilot and then finally a nurse practitioner!
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I would love to travel to Europe and learn how to scuba dive!