Robin Holloway, APRN - West Florida Medical Associates
Advanced Care Provider in Healthcare Award
Learning, educating, and caring – those are Robin Holloway’s ongoing life goals. The advance practice registered nurse uses all her skills and dedication to helping others in her work as an advanced care provider for West Florida Medical Associates, and in the nutrition and wellness classes she offers to the community.
Holloway began her nursing career in 2004 as an RN at Citrus Memorial Hospital, then at hospitals and home health agencies in Tampa and Ocala. She earned her master’s degree in adult and gerontology nursing from the University of South Florida in 2014 and began working as a nurse practitioner at West Florida Medical Associates soon after. She is board certified as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
While she has worked on the administrative side of healthcare, as a case manager, and clinical coordinator, Holloway always comes back to patient care.
“I liked the administrative part but decided I have too much love for hands-on patient care,” she said. “When I went back to school for my master’s in nursing, I knew I wanted to focus on adult gerontology patients.”
An adult gerontology nurse practitioner has a clinical focus on treating patients from adolescence through adult ages and into advanced age and geriatrics. Holloway cares for patients ages 13 and older.
“In this community, we see a lot of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease,” she said. “I also try to focus on women’s health and menopause, but when I think of women’s health, I don’t just think of menopause. I think of everything.”
“Robin is an impressive medical professional,” said Dr. Bhadresh Patel, president of West Florida Medical Associates, which has offices in Inverness, Beverly Hills, and Homosassa Springs. “She is down to earth and shows great care for her patients.”
Holloway noted the differences between working in a hospital and for a practice. She worked part-time as a nurse at CMH while studying for her advanced practitioner degree.
“It’s a different responsibility,” she said. “You can still build the same relationships, but there’s a different kind of response.
“The most rewarding thing about this office is the relationships that we build with patients that are ongoing,” she added. “You build their trust, make them feel healthier. I have patients who tell their family members to come see me.”
Transitioning from patient care nurse to nurse practitioner has also been a learning process, she said.
“Nurses do the day-to-day care, following the provider’s orders. The provider is the one making those decisions,” she said. “It’s been a transition and something I learn more about every single day. I feel I’m continuously growing; the education never stops.”
Holloway and her colleagues at West Florida Medical Associates collaborate with specialists and other physicians in the community. The practice serves as a rotation site for Physician Assistant students from Lincoln Memorial University in Tampa.
“We use every resource we can,” Holloway said. “The students rotate here for an entire year. Hopefully, some will stay and practice here in the community.”
Along with helping to educate her patients and students, Holloway works to educate the community.
“I enjoy working with people, and educating people,” Holloway said. “I’m a big advocate for helping people make better choices.”
Using her church, the Inverness Seventh Day Adventist Church, as a platform, Holloway offers a series of free healthy living seminars that focus on bone health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, healthy eating, and other topics.
She’s continuing with her own education as well, with plans to graduate in December with a Ph.D. in Nursing Practice from the University of South Florida, specializing in women’s health. She plans to continue working at West Florida Medical Associates.
“I’m excited to take what I’ve learned and apply it here,” she said.
A Florida native, Holloway moved to Inverness with her family when she was in third grade. She is a 1995 graduate of Citrus High School. She and her husband, Chris, a Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy, have a blended family of six children, ages 17 to 23.
“Citrus County was such a great place to grow up, and my whole family is still here. That’s why I came back,” she said. “It’s such a nice community. I appreciate it more now as I’m getting older.”
Being chosen as a Healthcare Hero “was a shock,” she said. “This is quite an amazing award. I work hard but I’m sure all the other people nominated do as well.
“It makes me want to work harder and continue to do more and more community projects.”