Gastrointestinal Diseases

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Charles L. Pieterick, RN, MS, ARNP

Patient Care Philosophy 

"I believe each individual is complete and perfect just as he or she is. I strive to help patients experience that wholeness, even in the face of the challenges that the cancer and its treatment may impose."
 

Education and Training 

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Nursing, University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN
  • Master of Science degree, Adult Health Nursing, University of Portland, Portland, OR

Practitioner Profile  

Charlie Pieterick is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) on the gastrointestinal oncology team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
 
Charlie was introduced to the role of nursing by his fellow students while at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He was particularly attracted to the opportunity to build relationships with patients and families as a nurse practitioner. Working within a multidisciplinary team that treats a variety of patient needs, he still finds the lasting relationships built through his career to be very rewarding.
 
“I did not seek out oncology,” says Charlie. “It sought me out.” It was while helping to manage oncology, palliative care, and hospice patients at the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System’s nursing home care unit that he realized he wanted a career that addressed the challenges associated with cancer care. While working at the VA, Pieterick had a conversation with SCCA’s Tony Back, MD, who had recently moved from the VA. Dr. Back suggested that Charlie consider a nurse practitioner position opening at SCCA. The rest, as they say, is history.
 
Charlie’s primary objective at SCCA is to employ his professional training to assess the needs of patients and co-create a treatment plan that addresses those needs. “Patients with cancer, and their family caregivers, face incredible challenges--physical, emotional, and spiritual,” he says. “I seek to empower patients and their family caregivers with the information and resources they need to be active participants in their care.”
 
When he isn’t working, Charlie loves the outdoors whether biking, hiking, camping, or fishing. He shares all of these passions (except for fishing) with his wife. “The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful outdoors venue. I love it here!”