Lauren graduated from Brigham Young University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) and went on to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in areas of critical care, specifically, a cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) in Mesa, AZ. Lauren worked at the bedside for several years, mentoring new hires and precepting nursing students and was also employed by a local nursing college to assist in a high-fidelity simulation lab and act as a critical care clinical instructor. Ultimately, Lauren’s career led her to work as one of the CVICU Clinical Managers where she was able to lead, teach, and learn alongside her nursing staff and multi-disciplinary team.
In 2007, while still managing the CVICU, Lauren decided to return to school at Arizona State University (ASU) and in 2009, earned an Adult Nurse Practitioner MSN degree. Lauren has now worked for 13+ years as a Nurse Practitioner solely in the area of Cardiology, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and practicing in collaborative as well as fully independent patient clinics. Lauren simultaneously fulfills her passion for education while maintaining a faculty position teaching undergraduate nursing students at the University of Arizona (U of A), Gilbert campus.
Lauren is married to her husband, Jordan, of 20 years, and has 4 children, ranging in ages from 7-13 years old. When Lauren is not working or teaching, she enjoys organizing and cleaning around the house, spending time with her family in California (where she was born and raised), and attending a daily 5am Pilates reformer exercise class.