Paul Andruszewski, RN
Joined Fenway in October, 2015
Education: Broward College; American College of Sports Medicine
Any clinical interests or specializations? What drew you to these areas?
Even though I come from working on a cardiac unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where the focus was treatment, my passion is prevention. Prior to being a nurse, I was a Wellness/Fitness Trainer. I enjoy assisting patients to take steps that positively impact the trajectory of their health and quality of life in the future.
Are there any developments or advancements in the field that you’re particularly excited about?
I am working with Project Zero. In the state of Massachusetts the number of new HIV infections is about 700 per year. The goal of our projects is to bring that number down to zero new infections per year. It is an ambitious project and, today, tools like PEP and PrEP are available to make achievement of this goal possible.
What surprises you most about your line of work?
Many of my patients often express feeling guilt and shame for simply having sex.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
It is disheartening to see how low self esteem can have a negative impact on making consistently safer sexual choices. Tools, like PEP and PrEP, are available today to prevent new HIV infections like never before. However, ultimately, it is up to the individual to make the choice. Our job is to uncover the barriers that stand between the patient and better choices, and help them tap into their own resolve to act in their best interest.
What do you like most about being a Nurse?
Connecting with patients and listening to them. If a patient leaves with a new understanding of a doable plan to promote their well being which they feel confident about… what could be more rewarding than that?
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