Kelly Murray, MSN, WHNP-BC

Education:

After completing an undergraduate degree in Nursing (with Psychology and OLS minors) from Purdue University, I served in the United States Air Force during Desert Storm and was selected for an Obstetrical Internship.  I earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Rochester and have been a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1994.

Professional Interests & Specializations: 

I enjoy a variety of health care involving women’s health including: contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and well woman care (annual exams and routine testing). I also specialize in sexual assault care, and transgender care.

Length of time at PUSH:

Before coming to PUSH in 2001, I spent 7 years with a local private OB/GYN practice where I cared for women ages 8-97.  My background as a Registered Nurse was spent caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery and High Risk Obstetrics.

Why do you like working at PUSH?

I have always particularly enjoyed working with students that are 16-30 years old, so a college health center is awesome for me. I love the vibe on a college campus! I find my students to be genuine and delightful. I love that we can talk honestly and “keep it real.” I am inspired by my students; they work so hard and I am honored to be part of their team that keeps them healthy and in school. I really like that I can be instrumental in helping them navigate the healthcare system because they’ll be doing it on their own soon.

What is your philosophy of care?

I approach each interaction with students as a personal encounter. I am interested in many aspects of their lives (not just the problem at hand) because the other areas of their lives can, and do, impact their health. I want my students to feel comfortable with me. It is an essential part of our provider – patient relationship. I share personal information that may help students relate to their current illness or help increase their level of comfort in our interaction. I am honest with them, and hope they are honest with me. I practice evidence-based medicine, which means that care or treatment recommendations are based in science (not necessarily the status quo). This philosophy helps me stay in touch with current trends and research in medical care.

What do you like to do when you’re not at PUSH? 

I am a native of West Lafayette, but have explored life outside of this area. I eventually came home to be closer to extended family. I am married and have a college aged daughter. I have been involved in Greek Life on a local and national level since I was an undergraduate. I love to binge watch Netflix but my viewing interests vary from South Park to American Horror Story to Marvel Superheroes. 

Fun Fact about me:

One of my favorite things to do is laugh so hard that I can’t breathe!