Marissa Nelson, RN, BSN went to nursing school with the sole purpose of going into a mental health nursing position. Today, she is one of our Psychiatric Clinic Nurses working with the Medication Management team. She serves as the go-between for patients and providers, and is a resource for people who have medication related questions.
MENTAL HEALTH BACKGROUND
Marissa has a lot of experience in the mental health field. Prior to joining Covenant Family Solutions, she worked at Mercy Hospital in the adult inpatient behavioral health unit. In this role, she gained experience helping those impacted by substance use, suicidal ideation, and much more. At one point, she was an access nurse, helping and directing the care of patients struggling with mental health in the emergency room. Prior to that, she worked with dementia patients in a nursing home.
It’s very clear that helping those who are experiencing psychiatric illnesses is at Marissa’s core. Similarly, she knows that support for the patient and their family makes a huge difference.
She has also been on the receiving end of mental health care. When she was younger she was able to benefit from having professionals step into her life. As a result, she understands the positive impact it can have on someone’s entire life.
Marissa is a very positive person, no matter what she has going on in her own life. She strives to be a light, even if she is the only positive interaction that someone may have on a really bad day.
Outside of work, Marissa can be found spending time with her close-knit group of friends, family, and her golden retriever puppy, Stella.