We’re so happy to welcome April Hine, RN to our blog this week in honor of nurse’s week! April is a labor and delivery nurse at Presence Hospital, and we think she’s awesome. She is also a mom and expecting herself! Phew! Thanks for sharing yourself with us this week despite your crazy busy life, April, and thank you to ALL of the wonderful nurses with whom we have the privilege of working.
What am I going to be when I grow up? Has the thought ever crossed your mind? I was 17 years old and shadowing a nurse in a 45 bed neonatal intensive care unit in South Dakota. It was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I was able to see the care of the tiniest micro preemies to full term infants who needed extra love and support. During my experience I had an overwhelming feeling that nursing was the career path for me. After my experience, I understood that being a nurse is much bigger than being caring and compassionate.
Although tightly knit in the maternal child realm, I realized that being a labor and delivery nurse was more suitable for me. Now, fast forward years later and I am working at Presence Covenant Medical Center. I have been at Presence Covenant for almost 9 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love how the unit census of labor and delivery can be low one minute and 30 minutes later you can be concerned with where the next patient will go. I am blessed to work with some of the best nurses in the C-U area.
As your labor and delivery nurse, I am privileged to see you through one of your most monumental life events. Let me tell you, no two births have ever been the same. Most often families come to our unit with a plan and wishes for their birth experience. It is extremely important to me to support and encourage families to meet their goals. As part of a multidisciplinary team, those plans can change and it is my role to educate you on those changes, what to expect, and how we can still help you to reach your overall goal. It is my job to build your trust, communicate, empathize with you, encourage you, educate you, after all this is your experience and I am blessed to be a part of it.
One of my most favorite moments to witness is when a baby is delivered and placed skin to skin with its mother. The mother will start speaking to the baby and you can immediately see a response of love, affection, and the infant responds to her voice. It is beautiful! After delivery, I have the opportunity to educate, educate, and educate. Another passion of mine is for breastfeeding. In 2014, I obtained my certified lactation counselor certificate. There is something powerful about breastfeeding your baby including the level of confidence one can gain. From helping someone with their first latch to seeing them through potential complications that can arise, breastfeeding is best! Practice and patience can help you achieve your breastfeeding goals!
Becoming a registered nurse was one of the best decisions of my life. This week I was able to celebrate Mother’s Day at work. I helped a first time mom through the labor process. It was a complete honor! Now, we as a profession celebrate nurses week! Being a nurse is so much more than caring and compassion although those are important pieces as well. Nursing is about advocating, educating, critical thinking, promptness, being selfless, health promotion, communication, following gut instincts, intuition, and being assertive. Someone once said, “It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” I do not believe there is a better quote to describe my feelings regarding becoming an OB nurse!