About the Provider
My name is Vanessa M. Rawlings MSN, RN, ARNP, FNP-C. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida but spent most of my summers and winter breaks in my mother’s country, Nicaragua. I speak and write both languages (English and Spanish) fluently. I am active in my community and volunteer as the Vashon Seals Safety Chair. I am currently furthering my education pursuing my Doctoral in Advanced Medicine Degree at the prestigious Baylor University School of Medicine. In order to provide the BEST quality service to my current and future clients, I stay up-to-date with current practice guidelines.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner, with over 10 years of medical experience at the bedside in critical areas such as the Emergency Room/Trauma in both Adults & Pediatrics and Pre- & Post-Operative Surgical Care Units. I was the Lead Nurse or “Charge Nurse” in those areas as well. I traveled nationally for 4 years as an Emergency Room Nurse and gained valuable experience. I also traveled internationally to volunteer in my Mother’s Home Country of Nicaragua, in the ICU. My travels took me throughout the States, gaining a much-needed perspective of the current Healthcare System compared to other countries. I learned medicine in areas that had limited supplies and resources challenging me to thoroughly understand the mechanisms that keep my patients healthy. I incorporate a patient “Accountability” in my practice and approach your health like a team member rather than a top-down system, we are used to today. I follow the DPC style of practice which allows me to give you the time necessary to listen to your needs and properly counsel you to better health.
During her call to action in April of 2020, Vanessa asked the Community of Vashon for assistance in serving the Covid-19 NYC crisis. She flew to New York City and stayed 21 days with little rest to provide much needed support to the thousands of gravely ill and dying patients in overflowing hospitals all over the city. With Vashon-Maury Islands’ help: masks, gloves, disinfecting wipes, headbands, paper products, custom face shields, snacks, and so much more was distributed among many nurses and healthcare providers. After seeing the devastating effects of Covid-19, she returned to quarantine in Florida, and became inspired to create Priority One Health. She noticed during her service how sick the general public was and how susceptible they were to this new virus, despite not having a cure or treatment plan. Therefore, Vanessa believes that the American public needs to focus on preventative health, in order for us to experience more satisfaction in our lives.
Throughout my career, I have been generously recognised for my efforts, some highlights include outstanding Instructor Award of 2018 by the Baptist Hospital South Florida; The Prestigious Daisy Award for Excellence in Nursing and finally, a Certificate of Appreciation for serving in New York City’s Covid-19 pandemic as an Acute Care Emergency Room Nurse Leader at Queen’s Hospital New York City. Seeing the impact of the pandemic firsthand is what drove me to start this practice I received an enormous support from the local Vashon-Maury Island community in order to bring help to those most in need. It is time to give back. My goal is to provide a higher quality of Healthcare and medical advocacy for my patients, to provide a satisfying relationship with my patients and practice medicine the way it should be, with the patient’s best interest as the “Priority One“, ALWAYS.
What Are They Saying
She's a huge cost savings! I calculated my insurance costs and I was blown away! I save thousands with Vanessa! It's nuts! Co-Pays are an utter joke! I'm sticking with her, she's honest and straightforward and spends well over 30 minutes with me!
I am so lucky I have Vanessa as my resource. She gives it her all. I really appreciate her explanations and dedication to research. She really tried to save you money, too!