Hello. I’m Tranise Goodlow, AKA Dr. G the NP.
I am an educator, nurse practitioner, wife, mother, and athlete.
I come from a family of educators. It was always drilled into me that education is the key, and no one can take away those letters behind your name. Once you have education, the doors open.
My mom was a teacher. My sister is a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher and my grandfather was a principal. I have family members that were professors. Teaching is in the family!
But when I was a child, I resisted the career path of education. I wanted to make a meaningful impact on people, and I was interested in healthcare, so my parents planted the seed about nursing as a career path. (I didn’t realize nurses are not only caregivers, but also constantly teaching their patients!)
Transitioning from a nurse to a nurse practitioner has enabled me to serve my purpose to others. My role as a nurse practitioner naturally evolved into not only teaching my patients, but teaching other nurses and nurse practitioners as a professor.
I accept now that teaching is in my blood. The gift of being an educator has allowed me to impact and inspire others.
I created Dr. G the NP to formalize my passion for improving the skills, confidence, and value of nurse practitioners. I get pretty irritated by how nurse practitioners are often cast aside or overlooked in health care. Nurse practitioners have equal — if not better — patients outcomes compared to physicians* but we can be perceived as a second-class substitute by colleagues and patients alike.
Nurses are very caring, nurturing people. But who's caring for the nurses, and who's supporting us? Caregivers need care too, and a lot of the time, that's not happening. Lack of care can lead to nervousness, anxiety, and questioning one’s worth and impact.
I want to fill in that gap of support, because it's simply not there. (and it’s kind of taboo to talk about)
So that's why I created Dr G. the NP. Because I care.
I care about nurse practitioners. We're awesome. Nurses make up the biggest sector of health care. We are amazing at what we do on a daily basis, and for the medical field in general. I will shout that to anyone who will listen:
I want you to believe in yourself. I want you to know you can do more for your patients, you just need to be shown. I want you to feel the power of being an educated professional with an advanced degree. You are more than capable of learning more. You just need somebody to show it to you.
That’s me. Dr. G the NP.
“I teach what I wish someone would have taught me.”
— Dr. G the NP
I grew up in Destrehan, Louisiana and graduated high school with an interest in healthcare and serving others. I attended Southern University and A&M College for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. My grandmother earned her bachelor’s degree from this same university in 1956; quite an accomplishment for a black woman at that time. I am very proud to have followed in her footsteps.
I got my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Arizona. My doctoral research entitled “Provider Adherence to JNC 8 Pharmacological Guideline Recommendations in African American Adults Diagnosed with Hypertension” was awarded the Mary Opal Wolanin Outstanding Dissertation Award for Excellence in Nursing with Vulnerable Populations.
Much of my personal drive comes from my experience as an athlete (and of course, from my parent’s voices in my head to “Get an education!”). I played high school basketball, coached girls’ basketball for 3 years, and played in an adult league until a few years ago. To this day, I continue my interest in fitness with weightlifting, walking, and shooting hoops. Every day, I lean into the discipline and teamwork that I learned as an athlete in my role as a nurse practitioner, educator, wife, and mother.
While working as a telemetry nurse (which is where I discovered my interest in cardiology), I also served as a charge nurse and preceptor to new graduate nurses. When I was earning my doctorate I transitioned into a nurse educator role where I taught EKG interpretation in a nurse residency program.
In 2019, I became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and West Coast University, teaching hundreds of grad-level students in their first clinical rotation course. My love for teaching really grew during that time, so when I saw the numbers of nurse practitioners struggling with cardiology conditions — my area of expertise — I decided to do something about it. I started conducting impromptu hypertension and cholesterol management lectures. Then I created my EKG interpretations guides, expanded into online courses, and now I’m launching my full slate of courses and educational products specifically for NPs.
My husband is my partner in Dr. G the NP. He manages the communications and financials, while I create the materials to help my fellow nurse practitioners. Thank you for welcoming us into your home.
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