Billie Froning, RN, MSN, A/GNP
Billie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended Will Rogers High School, followed by Oklahoma State University with a major in Journalism. She moved to Tucson soon after but ended up in Phoenix to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Arizona State University. After teaching health classes at the Student Health Center, the move back to Tucson found her teaching elementary school in the Marana School District. “It was just a wild idea to go into nursing at all”, comments Billie. “I was at the point to continue graduate school in Education when a friend mentioned a new accelerated Bachelor’s degree in nursing a the University of Arizona. I applied out of curiosity and I was shocked and somewhat scared to be accepted into this small pilot program. Of course I learned to love nursing, and had to take it a couple of steps further with advanced degrees.”
Billie continued onward in nursing with a Master’s degree, along with the clinical coursework leading to the certification as both Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, all at the University of Arizona. She is nationally Board Certified in Adult care and has her specialty in Cardiology. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Southern Arizona Nurse Practitioners Association, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Society of Geriatric Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, and the American College of Cardiology.
Professionally, Billie is interested in chronic heart failure, lipid disorders, and women’s cardiovascular health. She is very supportive of Southwest Heart’s Clinical Research Department, knowing that it puts the practice on the forefront of progress for development of improved cardiovascular care. She continues to enjoy teaching and states, “helping the patients and their families understand the disease process and the medications is a huge part of my job. It is very rewarding for me to help people realize what is happening to them, why it is happening, and what WE as a team, can do about it. Once a person understands the diagnoses and the treatment, much of their fear can be alleviated.”
Personally, Billie enjoys hiking, camping, reading and cooking. Time with family is precious, especially when traveling to see her son and daughter.