It’s been too long, nurse friends ❤ In the last six months I have embarked on a new endeavour in life making the transition from bedside nursing to business owner. My passion project,Om Baby & Wellness, began out of the urging of expat friends here in Sweden. There was a need for infant and maternal wellness and education in English in the community. What started as a few Prenatal Yoga lessons with friends in my living room has evolved into a full time job. Change feels so good. I am still using all of my education and experience as a nurse, just in a different capacity and I LOVE IT!! It is proof that not only is there life outside of bedside nursing, but also that you should always follow your heart.
I will still continue to offer any advice or thoughts to those in need and am still looking for contributors to Neonurse. In the meantime, here is my latest for AWHONN…
Happy spring from northern Sweden! For many of us here, spring has shown itself through some of the most beautiful sun filled days. While the cold remains and the forecast predicts snow, with help of lighter days and spring blooms we can begin to feel winter behind us.
With spring comes a sense of renewal, planting of new thoughts and ideas, and perhaps setting new intentions in life. With that in mind, I am looking to plant seeds of inspiration and intentions in some of you. Is there anyone among you that would like to contribute to Neonurse? I am looking for volunteers whose ideas align with the heart of this blog-inspiration, observations, and advice. Are you an individual that loves to write? Do you find inspiration in others? Do you have advice you would like to share with fellow nurses?
I have been teaching Prenatal Yoga now for six years. My first student was my baby sister and since then I have had the privilege to teach many of my dear friends as well as women in my community during one of the most important times in their lives. The benefits of prenatal yoga are endless. Some of the most significant findings are the reduction of depression and cortisol levels. If anyone you know who is expecting, the greatest gift you can give them is a gift card for prenatal yoga. Read just some of the benefits below in my latest post for AWHONN. Thanks for reading ❤
It’s always intriguing to me discovering what drives an individual in their path of life, particularly in nursing. Aside from the cliche desire to help those in need, what plants the seed? Is it not interesting knowing the story behind the person?
This month’s nurse feature is of one of the first nurses I met after graduation from nursing school. She was one of my preceptors as a new graduate on the Postpartum unit at Halifax Health in Central Florida. A quick witted lady, she always made the work day fun-often joking and being silly, but equally skilled and serious.
Nancy, originally from Pennsylvania, has worked the last 14 years as a Labor & Delivery nurse. Yearly, she makes her way to Guatemala with her friend and obstetrician, Cecille, where they treat women in desperate need of surgery and educate local midwives.
How long have you been a nurse?
I have been an RN since 1989. I took several years off to raise my family then returned to nursing full time in 2000.
What area of nursing do you work in?
I have been working in Obstetrics for 13 years
What inspired you to be a nurse?
I worked as a CNA while attending college, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, what I wanted to be. I really enjoyed experiencing the caregiving aspect of nursing. I worked alongside some great RNs who encouraged me to become a nurse.
What advice would you give to a new nurse?
I would encourage you to jump up and volunteer to take every “difficult” patient or complex case, because by doing so, you will learn so much.
What advice would you give to a tired nurse?
Volunteer to precept a new nurse and teach her/him all you know. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective can help give a boost to your approach to nursing. Also, volunteer to go on a medical mission trip to renew your love of being a nurse.
To read more about Nancy’s mission work with Cascade Medical Team in my latest AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses) post….
Has it really been one year?!! A year ago I never imagined that my little blog would give me the opportunity to do something I have always love. I thought my only supporters would be my parents. In just the last six months, Neonurse has opened many doors for me. I can’t thank all my friends, family, and, supporters enough!!!
That’s me 13 years ago after my nursing graduation and pinning ceremony. Who would have known I would end up traveling the world in search of inspiring people, stories. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! So humbled ❤