Kelley Sharp, a 1987 graduate of Dickson County High School, completed three years of undergraduate study at David Lipscomb University before entering nursing school at Belmont University. She acquired her Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing from Belmont, graduating with honors as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in 1992. During the summer of 1992, Kelley served as a counselor and nurse at Camp Horizon, a special camp for children with cancer and cancer survivors. It was here that she found “her calling” to be a health care provider for children. While working at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital during her clinicals program and as a Registered Nurse for three years, Kelley accepted membership in the Oncology Nursing Society and the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses. Her love for children inspired her to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Belmont University School of Nursing, Class of 1995. She is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
In May 1999, Kelley chose to return to her hometown of Dickson to establish her private practice with Horizon Medical Group, subsequently known as Dickson Medical Associates. Kelley’s experience as a clinical research coordinator and her extensive nursing background has instilled in her a superior ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat pediatric patients. Her clinical skills, as well as her rapport with patients and their parents have earned her a dedicated patient following. Kelley celebrated her 15th year with Dickson Medical Associates in 2014.
Outside of work, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews. She supports the Ronald McDonald House, Shriner’s Children Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under the indirect supervision of a physician. They provide direct patient care including assessing, diagnosing, planning and prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of health problems, health promotion, immunizations, and preventive care within the specialized area of practice. A pediatric nurse practitioner works with patients from infancy to young adults. National certification and State Board of Nursing specialty certification and licensure are required.