Bobbi Beatty RN is an energetic and passionate advocate for elders and those experiencing chronic illness who often struggle with mental health issues. She became a care provider in 1976 and received her RN license in 1982. Her focus was labor and delivery until she found her love for geriatric psych nursing, to which she has dedicated most of her career. Today Bobbi is excited to share her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with senior care, mental health and chronic illness.
She was a nurse manager of the crisis management unit at Dammasch State Hospital, the former psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville, OR. There, she learned that mental distress can be more traumatic than physical pain. She dealt with a large variety of mental illness diagnoses and learned that everyone has their own journey. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for psychiatric care.
Most recently at the Taft Home in downtown Portland, Bobbi was the nurse manager for residents experiencing homelessness and chronic illness, as well as psychiatric and addiction issues.
She has been fully entrenched with caring for the mentally ill, and wants to help them diminish their pain and behavior challenges.
Since becoming a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, she has been able to integrate the new research into her care plans with alternative methods to manage anxiety, agitation and physical pain.
As a mom of two adult sons, both Eagle Scouts, Bobbi has been a Boy Scout leader since 1996 and a Woodbadge staff member since 2002. She teaches adult scout leaders about communication, team building and leadership.
Bobbi is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys a wide range of recreational activities including fishing and camping with her husband, John.