Barbara Roberge, NP, PhD
“I am nominating Barbara Roberge for Portraits in Primary Care recognition because she exemplifies everything one could admire about the nurse practitioner role. She has shown her proficiency as an educator in the classroom, journal articles, textbooks, presentations and at the bedside. She has been awarded multiple, prestigious research grants, and most recently has taken the lead in the completion of her practice’s application for to the NCQA certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
As you might expect, Barbara is also a consummate clinician who is admired by colleagues in many disciplines and who has improved the lives of thousands of elderly patients in her practice.
These achievements would amply qualify her for this primary care recognition award, but there is an additional reason I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity to nominate Barbara for this honor. From our first meeting in the early 1990s until now I have had an increasing appreciation for the skill she brings to relationships with both patients and colleagues. Maya Angelou has been credited with saying, “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In addition to all that she has achieved, Barbara unfailingly makes those around her feel valued, respected, and understood. This is an outstanding quality, one that has served her well, and one that makes her an exceptional leader and a model nurse practitioner.