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.”
- 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.
- [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.