Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Since 2008, Lourdes Carhuapoma has been working in the neurocritical care unit at Johns Hopkins, where she is responsible for the overall management of critically ill patients, including those with any type of acute neurosurgical or neurologic process. An important part of her job is caring for both patients and their families. Using a holistic approach, she helps patients to determine and reach their goals for recovery. She then works to ensure that care is aligned with those goals. She is involved with all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, creating a treatment plan, communicating with families, and providing support to families during a crisis. She enjoys working with patients and their families and feels that her position enables her to make a direct impact on people’s lives. She finds it particularly gratifying when patients return to visit after they have recovered.
In addition to her work with patients, Ms. Carhuapoma teaches in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University and precepts nurse practitioner students on rotation. In the future, she plans to study for a doctorate in nursing with a focus on end-of-life care.
Lourdes Carhuapoma earned her bachelor of art’s degree in biology from Chapman University in 2002, her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Georgetown University in 2004, and her master’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University in 2008.