Doctor of Nursing Practice
“I wanted to be surrounded by students who were whole-heartedly invested in their work.”
Mark Romportl’s work at a camp for children with diabetes has had a lifelong effect on him. “It solidified my compassion for patients with endocrine disorders,” he said. That compassion – and desire to help improve the lives of those living with endocrine disorders – led him to his current position at an adult endocrinology clinic. There, he works with patients to help them better understand how to live with their conditions, from diabetes to thyroid disease to growth disorders.
While he enjoys providing one-on-one care, he found himself appreciating the population perspective as he completed his undergraduate studies in nursing. During his studies, he connected with a professor who was conducting research about Hmong community members’ views on exercise, as there were higher rates of diabetes within that population. This population-based approach resonated with Romportl, who hopes to continue that level of work.
He is seeking a DNP degree, with a family nurse practitioner specialty, to be able to better help patients live well. He sought the degree, he said, because he wanted to expand his scope and have prescriptive authority. “I wanted to be surrounded by students who were whole-heartedly invested in their work,” said Romportl. “Their experiences are broad and their viewpoints are broad. They are leaders.”