Julie Marable, APN, WHNP
Obstetrics & Gynecology
About Julie Marable
“I try to really listen to my patients. I make sure I spend enough time with each patient and educate them on all options available, so they can take an active role in their healthcare.”
What is your medical background?
I’m a nurse practitioner in women’s health. Ever since I was a little girl I knew I was going to be a nurse, and there’s never been anything else I wanted to do. I was a registered nurse in labor and delivery for six years, and then I went back to school and got my master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the women’s health nurse practitioner program.
What training did you go through to receive your master’s degree in women’s health nursing?
I did it part-time while working at Saint Joseph Hospital, where I actually met Dr. Carlos while she was a resident. It was a four-year program that entailed both classroom instruction, which was all focused on women’s health, and at least 600 hours of clinical experience. They place you in different clinical settings, where you learn a whole new set of skills at each.
How is a nurse practitioner different from a doctor?
As a nurse practitioner I see patients on my own, prescribe medications, order tests and know how to interpret tests. The difference is that I don’t do surgery, and I don’t deliver babies. I can do all of the visits in the office as well as procedures like colposcopies, biopsies and inserting IUDs.
I also think nurses and doctors sometimes can have of a different approach to healthcare. Traditionally, doctors are taught to treat the disease, and nurses are taught more health promotion and overall care-taking. Nurses are used to being there for the patient and helping them through, so people feel more open sometimes with nurses than with doctors.
What is your approach to medicine?
I make sure that I take enough time to listen to the patient, and treat the whole person. You can’t just focus on the disease or the problem, you have to look at everything that’s going on in a person’s life.
What are your outside interests?
I enjoy swimming, running, golfing and traveling. Although now that I’m a mom of two small kids, my leisure activities have changed and it’s a different kind of fun. I love just spending time with my family.
Education & Credentials
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
- Master of Science in Nursing
- University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
- Years in Practice