Emily F. Moore, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CCRN

Emily F. Moore, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, CCRN

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I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I am of Alaska Native descent (my grandmother is from the Tlinget tribe in Southeast Alaska), and I come from a large family of 6 girls. I believe that all this has given me an interesting perspective on healthcare and nursing. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a nurse — a mission that I pursued through an associate degree in nursing from Everett Community College in 2002 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UCLA, completed in 2009. My nursing career began in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. After graduating with my master’s degree, I took my first position as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Heart Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. After 6 years in cardiac surgery, I transitioned to the heart center’s regional program (covering the large area of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). With a focus on postdischarge care, I collaborate with patients, physicians, and even hospitals to provide continuity of care and bridging care back to our hospital, and I educate providers within the region. Regional medicine has become a passion of mine. In a world where medicine is as advanced as it is, I am often amazed to see how little some communities in our region have in the way of basic health needs (some have no running water). I have two daughters — a toddler and a newborn — and am married to a high school football coach. We live by Friday night lights throughout the season. I love yoga and Barre3; both keep me sane.

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September 1st, 2017

Obesity Counseling: Getting Real

“Your BMI puts you in the obese category. You need to limit weight gain to 10 pounds this pregnancy.” As the obstetrician’s words sunk in, I was overcome with embarrassment. Sure, I knew I was overweight, but I was pregnant. And according to my BMI, I have been “obese” for years. But this was the first […]


July 26th, 2017

When a Child Receives Care at a non-Children’s Hospital

In a recent post, I wrote about my niece’s episode of appendicitis. Another part of that story relates to her post-op course. When my sister first called asking my advice on whether or not her daughter needed to be treated, I didn’t specify where she should take her. She ended up going to a general […]


June 9th, 2017

How Giving Friends and Family Medical Advice Made Me Sick

The other night, my sister called me asking if she should take my niece to the emergency department.  She had been complaining of abdominal pain with on-and-off vomiting and diarrhea for a couple days.  According to my sister, she had gotten to the point where the pain was unbearable. I quickly ran through my niece’s […]


April 27th, 2017

Getting Worked Up Over Kids’ Fevers

Few things worry a mother more than a baby with a fever. With my own girls, I am naturally uneasy and do not like when they have fevers, even though as a health care provider I know that fevers are natural. But it wasn’t until my three-year-old started having chronic fevers that I realized how […]


April 4th, 2017

Of Little Hearts and Little Teeth

Recently, I had to cancel a child’s heart surgery because she had multiple cavities. I recall spending close to an hour explaining the surgical process and obtaining a complete history and physical only to then discover obvious caries on multiple teeth during an oral exam. Turning to the parents, I asked when their daughter had last […]


March 3rd, 2017

Asking Pediatric Patients About Drug Use

I remember the very first time I obtained an adolescent HEADSSS assessment in graduate school (HEADSSS being the acronym for Home environment, Education and employment, Eating, peer-related Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, Suicide/depression, and Safety from injury and violence). Walking into my patient’s room, I was likely more nervous than my patient was. I recall telling my […]


January 11th, 2017

On the Front Lines of Regional Medicine

Being of Alaska Native decent, my desire to practice medicine in Alaska was only natural. However, once I started venturing out into the large geographical region my institution serves, I realized there is nothing scarier than sending a fragile patient home to some of these isolated areas. A large part of my job is to collaborate […]


November 30th, 2016

A Colicky Conundrum

After my first baby, I always said that my second one was bound to be clingy, colicky, and skinny, as my first daughter was fat and happy. Aside from a few bursts of crying between 4 and 6 weeks of age, she was the perfect baby. My second daughter is now 3.5 months old. When she […]


October 26th, 2016

Friday Night Lights

Most everyone has some association with football. Whether we know someone who’s played, played ourselves, or simply have nostalgic memories watching the game, football is a familiar sport to most Americans. I, for one, absolutely love football. Surprisingly, I never realized the danger involved with football until I met my husband, a high school football coach. […]


September 29th, 2016

Why I No Longer Tolerate Anti-Vaxxers

One may ask why I am all of a sudden fixated on vaccines. I have always been a pro-vaxxer. In graduate school, I once prided myself for talking a whole family into getting vaccines. And I certainly have always promoted vaccines when practicing. But I used to think that the decision to vaccinate, although important, was […]


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