Nurse Practitioner Shares Passion for Women’s Health and Early Cardiovascular Care

Since she was a young child, Shelia Bennett, ARNP-C, has wanted to be a nurse who cares for other people. 

“I played a nurse to my dolls as a young girl, wrapping up their legs or putting their arms in slings,” said Shelia Bennett, a certified nurse practitioner at the Baptist Medical Group Family Medicine & Walk-In Care – Navarre.
Bennett is part of a family legacy of nurses. Her mother was an LPN nurse who served in the army. She and her mother watched nurses serve the armed forces in World War II films. At age sixteen, Bennett became a hospital volunteer also known then as a “candy striper.” Bennett now has a daughter who works as a travel nurse currently residing in Maine.

In addition to her history of compassionately serving others, Bennett finds satisfaction in seeing positive patient outcomes. She believes that prevention, education and follow-through are keys to success.

“I enjoy educating my patients so that they can be empowered to take better care of themselves,” said Bennett. “It’s rewarding to see them take responsibility of their own health with the knowledge I share with them.”

Bennett sees a wide variety of patients at the family medicine & walk-in care clinic. She and her team can also make same day or next day appointments. Her patients range from individuals who do not have a primary care physician to people who have thyroid or menopause concerns and even more serious illnesses that may need specialty care referrals.

“It’s so widespread – the things my team and I can care for and treat,” said Bennett.

Because her patients and their needs differ, Bennett stays up to date with current medical research by attending ongoing nursing conferences, seeking continuing educational opportunities and utilizing vital resources such as online medical research databases and the Mayo Clinic.

Bennett also has a strong interest in women’s health, particularly in cardiovascular health. She worked in cardiology after graduating from nursing school. Bennett also worked in numerous emergency rooms where she interacted with patients dealing with trauma and cardiac concerns. These experiences led her to pursue her current certifications in trauma nurse core and pediatric advanced life support.
According to Bennett, women are more especially prone to ignore cardiovascular health concerns.

“Women tend to ignore the initial signs of cardiovascular health concerns,” said Bennett. “They often spend so much time taking care of their families and others that they forget to pay attention to their own heart health.”

Bennett believes that early detection and preventative health tactics can keep women from having cardiovascular health issues later in life. Her goal is to treat patients, earn their trust, educate them and encourage them to continue seeking regular health care.

She also lives by the Mahatma Gandhi motto, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Bennet has spent her life serving others and sharing knowledge to empower them.

Certified nurse practitioners like Bennett can perform primary care and regular routine wellness exams for women. Bennett can also write prescriptions for patients who need medicine.

Bennett and the team at Baptist Medical Group Family Medicine & Walk-In Care – Navarre welcomes all patients in need of traditional primary care and urgent care services. They are open Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To learn more, please visit the office at 8888 Navarre Parkway in Navarre, call 850.437.8800 or visit BaptistMedicalGroup.org.