Cynthia Safo Mensa, CRNP
“I feel privileged to be granted the trust to manage the health of my clients.” After several years of brain storming what career field to choose in college, NP Safo-Mensa, found herself helping everyone and anyone. She finally realized nursing was a field where she could reach out to more people by assisting in saving lives. she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB, then the top six nursing school in the nation).
She worked at one of the most prestigious hospitals, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (WHC), in the country. NP Safo-Mensa worked at the cardiology unit for 20 years where she won a presidential award and several center-star awards from providers, co-workers, patients, and their families. She helped saved many lives as a registered nurse. Ms. Safo-Mensa also worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (The President’s Hospital) in Bethesda, Maryland for 13 years at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She received a recognition award from the Chief of Nursing. NP Safo-Mensa later attained a National Board Certification for Critical Care by American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
“Being a cardiology nurse at WHC, I always took care of patients after harm was already done to their hearts. As an ICU nurse, I only got to deal with patients at the critical point of their diseases where they battled to stay alive. Some survived and some did not. For some of these critical care patients, I believed their untimely deaths might have been avoided if their diseases were detected earlier or better managed to avoid progression. I decided to obtain an advanced degree and be part of the primary-care providers who are the frontiers and gatekeepers of the healthcare delivery system. My overall objectives are, early detection and prevention of diseases, as well as management of chronic illnesses, health promotion, and health maintenance. I want to provide the community with the safest, most efficient, and high-quality care, utilizing evidence-based practice to yield the best patient health outcome.”
NP Safo-Mensa completed her Master of Science in Nursing program at Bowie State University where she graduated top of her class with a 4.0 GPA as a Nurse Practitioner. She immediately challenged both national board exams by American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was instantly employed by her graduate school clinical mentor as a nurse practitioner at Laurel, Maryland.
Philosophy of care:
“I strongly believe people know and understand the operations of their bodies better than the provider. Without judgement, I hear and listen to each patients’ unique story with my authentic presence. Within each story, lies the root cause of the problem with clues from which differential diagnoses are drawn. The patient and I connect during the story, a natural bond is formed, and she or he is no longer “a” patient, but “my” patient. After reaching a possible diagnosis, my job is to educate the patient about all the available treatment options with the best evidenced base practice. The choice of treatment is my patient’s, while I advocate to provide the best available community resources. Knowledge, they say, is power and with the best education given, I strongly believe most patients would prefer to take control of their own health maintenance. I coach, counsel, and support my patient to meet individualized objectives set within his or her plan of care; that to me, is the science of caring.”
Degrees BSN, MSN, National Certifications: CCRN; NP-C; FNP-B. Licensure: Maryland and D.C.
Training Education & Training: Bowie State University (BSU): MSN/FNP 2020 Trainings / Internships: (Family practice) - Southern Maryland Medical Group, Greenbelt. (Women’s health) – Montgomery Fertility Center, Rockville. (Children’s health) - Horizon Pediatrics, Inc., Silver Spring. (Older adults / Geriatrics) Barbara White Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Laurel. (Adults health) – Barbara White Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Laurel. University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB): BSN: 2000