Dr. Rachael Sweeney is an assistant clinical professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program. She teaches in advanced health assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and clinical courses of the NP program. She has over 16 years of emergency medical experience beginning as an EMT, emergency room nurse, flight nurse, and emergency nurse practitioner. She has also worked with acute and chronic pediatric homebound patients with significant health care needs. She has a passion for teaching in and out of the classroom and has served as an educator in many roles including as an adjunct clinical instructor for Columbus State University as well as continuing education courses through the American Heart Association, Emergency Nurses Association, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Most recently in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disease processes implications for anticoagulant therapy, she has worked to study, understand, and utilize best practices regarding prescribing of therapy. Dr. Sweeney has prescribed and administered anticoagulant therapy extensively throughout her career including in acute and chronic settings.