The Nurse Becoming Podcast 

#055 Becoming the Patient with Breast Cancer Survivor NP Courtney

Today I have the great honor of sharing one of my favorite conversations with you – an interview I did with Dr. Courtney Shihabuddin.

Dr. Courtney is a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner based in Columbus, OH. 

Not only does she have over 11 years of experience as a nursing professional, Courtney also serves as a mentor, keynote speaker and advocate for young women with breast cancer.

Last year in 2020, Dr. Courtney went through a big life change when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of a global pandemic. 


It was a privilege to hear Courtney tell her story openly; we discussed:

  • Her 11 year nursing professional journey; from graduating school to getting her start in health care public relations in NYC and beyond.
  • How Dr. Courtney got her first nursing job.
  • Her biggest regret from NP school… 
  • Dr. Courtney’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2020; The screening process, the role-reversal from provider to patient, and what it was like for Courtney to schedule surgery during COVID-19.
  • How Dr. Courtney’s experience has shaped her practice as a provider and teacher.
  • The impact of social media and how Courtney is using her platform to empower the next generation of NP’s.


And much more.


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