The first in her family to go to college, Ariana Spiewak, MSN, FNP-C, knew she wanted a career engaging with working-class populations. The recent nursing grad now does just that through her work at an urgent care clinic in the town of Petoskey.
Spiewak’s motivation to pursue occupational health nursing came from an understanding of labor-related health concerns. Most of her family worked in the trades — her father was an electrician — and she saw occupational health nursing as a way to serve her own community.
While still a student, she volunteered at the Student-Run Free Clinic in Pinckney, where she worked alongside medical students. Spiewak said she was able to share some clinical skills that she had already developed in her experience as a nurse.