Danielle Westenberger, MSN, APN

Location(s):

BS:

Nursing, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers, Camden, NJ

Biology, Minor in Psychology, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

MS:

Nursing, Family-Individual Across the Life Span, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Certifications:

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Advanced Life Support (ACLS) Certification

Phlebotomy

IV Certification

Languages:

Conversational Spanish

“If we give patients the tools and the power to be their own advocates, the results can be life-changing.”

Danielle Westenberger always knew she’d choose a career helping others. But it wasn’t until she worked alongside the nurses in a hospital emergency room that she realized her true calling. “They were the ones helping to make the critical decisions on the front line,” she said. “I saw the incredible impact that they could have, which is what inspired me to become a nurse practitioner. I wanted to be an advocate for my patients.”

Nursing is the ideal career for Danielle, who enjoys giving back and making a difference. During high school, she was a volunteer EMT and a volunteer firefighter. At age 18, she got a job at Saint Clare’s Hospital as an emergency room technician, the job that led to her future career. She went on to become a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse (APN).

In addition to her years at the hospital, Danielle brings experience in an infertility practice and at a lung transplant center. She is known for her personable and friendly bedside manner, which comes from doing a job that she loves.

“I know well the deer-in-the-headlights feeling that you can have when you have to process a lot of information while you’re not feeling well,” she said. “I go out of my way to make sure that I sit with my patients and explain everything. I want to make sure that they understand their medications, how exactly to take them, and what they’re for. I encourage my patients to be advocates for their health so that they may break the cycle of returning to the hospital ER for treatment.”

Then, when patients see results, Danielle celebrates with them. “It’s the best feeling ever, knowing that what you did could help change someone’s life for the better.”

When she’s not working, Danielle enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband have an English bulldog named Penny.