Julie Westrick

Julie Westrick is a Clinical Education Specialist for SONIFI Health. Julie brings extensive experience in women's & children's care to our clinical team and a passion for inspiring nurses and improving patient care. Julie is a Registered Nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphsis on Leadership in Health Care System, and also certified in Inpatient Obstetrics (C-OB), Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM), and Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP).

Recent Posts

Cancer Journey: Don't Underestimate the Value of Distraction

October 11, 2019
PART 2: After receiving the devastating news of a stage IV colon cancer diagnosis and recovering from surgery, it was time for my husband to start treatment. After having a port placed at the hospital, we went to the cancer center for the first of twelve rounds of chemotherapy. We visited with the oncologist and nurse first and were then [...]

Cancer Journey: Don’t Rely on “Dr. Google”

September 26, 2019
PART 1: In early 2008, shortly after my husband’s 42nd birthday as he was recovering from a colonoscopy, I was given the news no one wants to hear, “he has cancer.” They found an extremely large tumor in the colon requiring urgent surgery for removal and staging. After a brief description of staging and the prediction that his cancer was [...]

My Experience Becoming PXP Certified

May 28, 2019
Nursing as a profession values certification. ANCC states, “Professional certification is a voluntary designation earned by individuals who demonstrate an exceptional level of competency, skill, and knowledge in their field.”1 Organizations often look for professionals who have taken this step of certification to support their dedication, [...]

The Value of Positive Distraction During Lengthy Stays

February 26, 2019
As a nurse, I have often asked myself, “what can I do to make my patients’ stay more comfortable?”  This becomes even more important for those experiencing a long hospital stay.[...]

Technology on the Rise: My Experience at the 2018 ANCC Magnet Conference

November 2, 2018
Last week I, along with over 10,000 other nurses, had the privilege to attend the 2018 ANCC Magnet Conference.  What sets this event apart from other conferences is the opportunity to learn from other nurses. The presenters are experienced healthcare staff who have made a difference in patient outcomes. These individuals, often bedside [...]

Mom and Baby Education Should Be More Than Paperwork

September 10, 2018
Discharge from the hospital with a new baby is an exciting, but also scary time for new parents. Not only are they going home to care for a newborn without the safety net of the hospital staff who guided them through the first few days, they also need to be aware of potential postpartum complications for new mother. The education a family [...]

Making Patient Portals More Beneficial

July 12, 2018
Most healthcare facilities and providers are offering a patient portal1 for secure online access to personal health information. These portals usually have information about recent doctor visits, medications, immunizations, allergies, and lab results. They may also provide secure messaging with providers, the ability to refill prescriptions [...]