Natalie Root has been a nurse for the past 24 years. For the last 22 years she is the Emergency/Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mary Washington Healthcare. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was inspired to become a nurse at age of 4 years old when her younger brother at 18 months old became critically ill. It was through hearing about the care he received from the nurses that inspired her to pursue her own career path. She graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Montgomery College, Maryland, and then followed by earning her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland. Later completing a Master’s of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. She started her career in a Cardiac Step-down unit, but her dream was to be an Emergency Nurse. She was an integral part of Mary Washington Hospital becoming a Level II Trauma Center. She is a great advocate for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. She worked with her team to establish best practice for pediatric emergency department patients and serves as a resource for in-patient pediatric care. She is an active member of the Planning District 16 School Health Advisory Board. She is the course director for the Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course and an instructor for Trauma Nursing Core Course. Natalie has presented nationally and internationally, and has been published in the Emergency Journal of Nursing, Nursing Advance Magazine, and Board Certification Emergency Nurse Review Manual. She loves running and doing craft projects with her family. She has 2 beautiful and energetic daughters who are 11yrs. old and 7 yrs. old. She is 24 years married to her high school sweetheart.