#11 : Allison Turner NP deals out some real world thoughts on what makes a rep stand out good or bad , building the right kind of trust , what it takes to make it in the Interventional pain space and much more

#11 : Allison Turner NP deals out some real world thoughts on what makes a rep stand out good or bad , building the right kind of trust , what it takes to make it in the Interventional pain space and much more

In this episode of Med Device Unleashed I am talking to Allison Turner, a nurse practitioner for an interventional pain practice here in Houston.

Listen in to hear Alison’s perspectives on what makes a good representative, the average journey for a pain patient, and the importance of continuous learning.

“It’s so rewarding when you are able to see someone make a turn for the best.”

Top Takeaways:

  • Interventional pain management goes far beyond narcotics.
  • Building trust between practitioners and representatives is essential.
  • Selecting the right patients for the right treatment is vital to improve patient outcomes.
  • Having a solid knowledge base and continuing to build on it is integral to being an effective rep.
  • Remember to have compassion for patients, no matter what is going on around you.
  • Create a culture of curiosity and continuous learning.
  • As a rep you need to be efficient, organized, and value oriented.

Episode’s Timeline:

  • [01:55] About Alison and what she does.
  • [04:20] What drew Alison to working in pain management and why it is so much more than medication.
  • [08:01] Exploring the life and journey of a pain patient.
  • [12:00] What Alison looks for in a representative as an advanced practitioner.
  • [15:20] What is spinal cord stimulation and what do reps in this field do?
  • [21:02] Maintaining compassion, understanding, and empathy.
  • [23:05] The evolution in pain management treatments.
  • [25:02] Why you need to be efficient and know how to present value as a rep.
  • [30:20] Creating a respectful relationship with everyone in clinic, not just physicians.
  • [33:23] Alison’s advice for those starting out in the field of pain management.

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