Julia Scherpenberg, CRNP joins Holy Family University as the new Director of Health Services, offering medical services to students on the Philadelphia campus. A former oncology nurse in Cincinnati, Scherpenberg made her way to Philadelphia in 2015, working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the local area. Julia sat down with Holy Family University to discuss her background, the different services that Health Services can offer, and tips for avoiding illness.
HFU: Can you tell us more about your background and how you came to Holy Family University?
JS: “I was an oncology nurse for many years in Cincinnati, before completing my Nurse Practitioner education at the University of Cincinnati. I relocated to Philadelphia in 2015 and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a health clinic before coming to Holy Family University. I always enjoyed my young adult patients, and I always had the desire to work in a college health clinic. Holy Family University provides a sense of community, allowing you to get to know the students individually, and allowing me to influence a healthy lifestyle in young adults.”
HFU: What do you enjoy most about the nursing practice?
JS: “I knew at a young age that I wanted to go into the nursing field. I enjoy helping people and aiding in their recovery. I look at all aspects of the patient to provide the best treatment and plan for them. Also, constant changes in the medical field allow me to constantly learn and grow in my profession.”
HFU: What assistance does Health Services offer students at HFU?
JS: “Health Services offers many services to students. We have laboratory services such as Titers and Tuberculosis Testing (PPD skin test or QuantiFERON blood test). I perform physicals for the School of Education, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, and for work. Health services offers treatment for common illnesses such as colds, flu, sore throat, ear infections, cough, rashes, pink eye, women’s health, men’s health, and minor injuries. Many of the services are free for students.”
HFU: What are some tips you could offer college students to avoid different illnesses throughout the year?
JS: “Drink plenty of water every day. There are many benefits to water. Water maintains hydration, flushes out toxins, boosts your immune system, helps maintain energy levels, and improves brain function. Get adequate sleep each night. Sleep is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, mind and weight. Wash your hands. Handwashing is most effective way to protect yourself from getting sick, and it stops the spread of germs. Students should wash their hands after using the bathroom, before meals, and after blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing.”
HFU: Do you have any hobbies you like to do for fun outside of Holy Family?
JS: “I like to walk my dog, read books, and ride bikes with my husband.”