Nurse Practitioner highlight:
Sarah Beason, NP-C.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Sarah moved to Tennessee when she was nine years old. Her fondest childhood memory was showing quarter horses competitively while growing up alongside her older brother, mom, and dad.
In 2013, Sarah’s dad was found to have three heart blockages which required emergent bypass surgery. She helped her mom care for her dad during his initial recovery. It was during the journey of caring for her dad that Sarah realized she wanted to have more of an impact on caring for others – especially advocating for the best treatment options available.
Her grandmother, a retired RN, encouraged Sarah to pursue a job in the medical field. Two years later, she received a degree in radiologic sciences with an emphasis on ultrasound from the University of South Alabama. She worked as an X-ray technologist in a Level 1 trauma hospital. After completing her radiologic sciences degree, she realized she wanted to have a closer relationship with the people she cared for and decided to go back to school for nursing. Sarah underwent an intensive one year accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program. Once she graduated, she accepted a job as a nurse in a Level 1 surgical-trauma ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at University Hospital in Mobile, AL. She met two impactful nurse practitioners while working in the ICU who convinced her to return to school for her Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification. After gaining bedside nursing experience, Sarah completed her master’s degree two years later at the University of South Alabama. During her master’s program, she discovered a passion for neuro-interventional care which solidified her desire to pursue a career in radiology.
Sarah and her husband learned they were pregnant with a baby girl, and she was born two months before Sarah started her master’s program. Her daughter, born with medical complications at birth, had to undergo multiple radiological exams to determine her diagnosis. “Radiology, especially Interventional Radiology, is becoming the number one choice when treating patients as it provides less complications and faster recovery,” shared Sarah. She explained why she chose to work with the Vista Radiology group, “The physicians are very easy to talk to and willing to help me grow so that I can become the best nurse practitioner I can be.” Currently, Sarah is receiving her second nurse practitioner certification in Family medicine at Walden University with plans to graduate in 2023.
In her spare time, Sarah loves to spend time in the mountains with her family. “Every Saturday we let our daughter choose something fun she wants to do,” shared Sarah. Once her daughter Anna Kate goes to bed at night, Sarah enjoys relaxing with her favorite TV shows or movies.