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National Nurses Week: May 6 – May 12

Lorenz Clinic offers a wide array of services ranging from outpatient therapy to home-based services. It is our goal to offer clients access to multiple services within one clinic, where clinicians are able to consult and coordinate to provide the best quality care. Our medication management team works hard to collaborate across our Clinic with clinicians and clients to offer an integrated approach to treatment.

This service at Lorenz Clinic is made up of incredible nursing staff. With staff who are Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses, this team works tirelessly to provide an essential service to our community.

In honor of National Nurses Week, which runs annually from May 6 – May 12, we connected with some of our nurses to hear what motivates and excites them about their work.

 

Jessica Teebo, RN, BSN

Jessica has been a practicing nurse since 2016 and has been working in the mental health space since she became licensed. Jessica joined Lorenz Clinic in fall 2021 and really enjoys working with kids and adolescents. 

 

What excites you about working as a nurse in mental health?

You never know what you are going to get! I am sure that is true in all aspects of nursing, really, but I love chatting with patients and getting to know their personalities and interests!

Why did you choose the mental health nursing path?

I strongly feel that one’s mental health greatly affects their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I believe it is essential to treat mental health with just as much importance as medical diagnoses and disorders. I love to advocate for my patients and their needs when it comes to their mental health and I feel that the nursing role allows me to do this very well.

What motivates you and the work you are doing each day?

Every day that I show up to work, my goal is to make at least one person I connect with feel heard. I try to put myself into my patient’s shoes and treat them how I would want myself or a family member treated if going through something similar.

 

Laura Storbakken, LPN

Laura became a nurse in 1995 and has practiced in a variety of spaces, including primary care, surgery, and mental health. Laura joined Lorenz Clinic in the summer of 2020 and has a special interest in working with patients struggling with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder with mania. 

 

What excites you about working as a nurse in mental health?

I enjoy being part of a growing team that delivers quality psychiatry care to a variety of ages. I enjoy building trusting caring relationships with our patients and those involved in their care. I always want the patients that we work with to feel heard and that their concerns are important to us, whether they are calling with a concern or sending a message through their client portal. I enjoy seeing patients’ quality of life improve as their symptoms are better managed through medications.

Why did you choose the mental health nursing path?

I worked for many years in different fields of nursing, several of those in primary care. I found great interest in caring for our patients dealing with mental health. I eventually went to work for a psychiatrist and worked in a chemical dependency treatment center. It was important to me that patients enter a judgment-free and “safe” zone to begin a journey to mental wellness.

It is critical to me that every patient be treated the way I would want myself or loved ones treated, and strive to give the best care I can each day.

What motivates you and the work you are doing each day?

My team – I have a supportive team that makes achieving my daily goals not only doable but fun. All members of our team share the same values when it comes to patient care. I can say that I am very proud to be part of the psychiatry team at Lorenz clinic.

 

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