Q & A with Patricia Kelly - Family Nurse Practitioner
 
 
 
What are the primary duties of your new position?
 
Provide health care to all eligible Tribal Health patients.
 
Where did you receive your education?
 
Registered Nurse at Montana State University; Family Nurse Practitioner from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska
 
What is your prior experience relevant to your new position?
 
I spent eight years as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Army Nurse Corps, and two years with Tribal Health; with two years at Salish Kootenai College as the Director of Nursing.
 
Are you a Tribal Member?
 
Yes.
 
Where are you from?
 
The Flathead Reservation.
 
Why did you choose a career in health?
 
I wanted to take care of people.
 
What are you excited about in your new position? 
 
Working where I am needed for the community, and with some of the same people that I have worked with before!
 
What activities and/or hobbies do you pursue in your free time? 
 
I like watching movies, and I am a novice photographer.
 
 
 
 
 
Q & A with Candice Ben - Family Nurse Practitioner
 
 
What are the primary duties of your new position? 
 
To establish a strong working relationship with our patients and work towards a common goal of optimal health. The care team will accomplish the objectives by instituting primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions.
 
Where did you receive your education?
 
Associate of Science Nursing- 2009 Salish Kootenai College
Bachelor of Science Nursing -2012 Salish Kootenai College
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner - 2020 University of Arizona 
 
What is your prior experience relevant to your new position? 
 
Before becoming an FNP, I have almost 12 years of experience as an RN. I had started at Tribal Health as a clinic nurse. I transitioned to the acute care setting, most recently with Banner Univerity Medical Center in Tucson, AZ, for nearly eight years. My FNP clinical experiences include family practice, urgent care, women's health, home health visits, and refugee medical intake visits in the Tucson area.
 
Are you a tribal member?
 
Yes
 
Where are you from?
 
I was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. However, I have always considered this my home.
 
Why did you choose a career in health?
 
I have always known I wanted to be in the health care field. As I grew older, I also found I wanted to impact the health of our Tribal community. I believe healthy individuals can create healthy communities. 
 
What are you excited about in your new position?
 
I am excited about working with the tribal health department. Being that I am in a new role as an FNP, I look forward to developing relationships with my patients and working as a team to achieve their health goals.
 
What activities and/or hobbies do you pursue in your free time?
 
My husband and I have three little boys, all under the age of six. So, I look forward to having free time with them, and if the opportunity presents itself, I like to spend my time outside and watching new movies.