“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
– St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Pioneer (1347-1380)
Soon after I married, we learned we were expecting. At the time, neither my husband nor I had insurance. Someone suggested that I seek care through the OB clinic at my local medical center. My prenatal care through the clinic was a very positive experience. The OB nurse who took care of me – I’ll call her Judy – was one of the most compassionate nurses I ever met. She answered every question I had, no matter how ridiculous.
When I delivered my daughter, the nurses were wonderful, especially my labor and delivery nurse. I’ll call her Cindy , to protect her privacy. Cindy was the cheerleader I needed. Soon after the birth l began to think that I could be a nurse. Perhaps I could help support other women through labor; perhaps I could even work at this clinic. Because of nurses like Judy and Cindy, I decided to go back to school and become an obstetric nurse.
Seven years later, I earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing, with honors. When my daughter was 10, I came to work in labor and delivery as a staff nurse at the clinic that helped me.. I worked alongside the women who inspired my new vocation. I realized my dream. I serve as a nurse manager and am pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
From my experiences as a patient and a nurse, I have learned to never underestimate the profound impact a nurse can have on a patient’s life. I know my life has been enriched and blessed in many ways. It all began as a result of being a patient at the OB clinic.
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