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Bea Russell, FNP will join Pittsfield Family Practice. Bea is a true lover of the outdoors and recreation the region has to offer, a wife of 11 years to Les Russell, a Navy trauma nurse, and now a family nurse practitioner. She enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and spending time with her family. Together, Bea and Les have four grown children and four grandchildren. Bea has worked at SVH since 2011. She was an RN in the Emergency Department prior to her deployment in 2012. She returned to SVH after her deployment and continued in the Emergency Department. Soon after she recognized that she wanted to do more, which really seemed to be a trend in her career. She was particularly interested in all aspects of family care and treating patients throughout the age spectrum. After returning to Husson University to become a family nurse practitioner, Bea completed her clinical training at Pittsfield Family Practice with Emily Cianchette, FNP.
Bea’s journey to becoming a family nurse practitioner began many years ago. Bea was a single mom of two young children working in a shoe shop who just wanted a better life for her kids. She took a class as a CNA and loved it. She went back to school at Beal College to become a medical assistant, and worked for a while at Guilford Medical and Dexter Family Practice. She grew confident in her skills as a medical assistant but knew that she could do even more. She returned to school at the University of Maine to become a nurse, and while she was going through school, worked as a phlebotomist and CNA at Eastern Maine Medical Center and later became a registered nurse in oncology.
Shortly after September 11, 2001, Bea was walking by the nurses’ station in the Emergency Department as the phone rang. She answered it because the unit secretary was busy. It was a recruiter for the military. Bea had a nice conversation with the recruiter, and it took all of five minutes for her to decide she could do it. At age 34, Bea joined the Navy. She has been a trauma nurse in the Navy for 15 years and looks forward to serving for five more years before retiring from the military. She’s welcoming new patients to the Pittsfield practice with extended hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday appointments.