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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TOP 20...

TOP 20 reasons I love being a Labor & Delivery Nurse:

1. Miracles. I get to be apart of one almost every shift I work.

2. Scrubs. Yay they aren’t attractive but they are comfy!

3. Being apart of the Labor & Delivery terminology world: inner os, outer os, fluffy, rocky road, ballotable, eMAR (ugh), QS, dial-a-flow, clonus, medication cocktails, time-out, FFN, amnisure, mec...

4. Hearing families reiterate what I’ve explained to the the patient: I finish, then they pick up the cell phone to call and update the rest of the family… “They’ve got her on plutonium and they say it’s only a matter of time until she will be in pain.” Yes…that’s exactly what I said.

5. Smiling with the patient when she realizes that her water really didn’t break, she 
just peed her pants (been there honey!).

6. Seeing women’s eyes light up when you tell them they can have ice chips 
with FLAVORS! Cherry or Grape?

7. Co –workers. Oh the luv I have for them. The characters. The stories. The friendships. Lessons you learn not only about being a nurse but also about life. The bonds that tie and you never, ever forget.

8. Being part of one of the most intimate times in people’s lives…the joy that wells up in their eyes as we all take in the sound of that first cry. The beginning of endless possibilities.

9. The flexibility that nursing brings…full-time, part-time, PRN status, day shift, night shift, 12 hours, 8 hours. This flexibility has helped me support my family and allowed me to keep up my nursing skills over the years.

10.  The stories! Where people come from, where they are planning on going after the arrival of the little one. Hopes, dreams, life changes.

11. FAMILY! Oh the craziness of it all! Isn’t that the way it really should be!
             - The pushy grandma’s and the corner paper-reading grandpa’s. Or the nervous Nelly nanny’s             and the papa’s who are managing the room like it’s a special op’s mission!
            - The chatty aunties. The overly loving, all knowing, and sometimes even a bit jealous friends!
            - The daddy’s: Pale & Unsure. Google degree’d and all over it! Reserved & Patient. Concerned             and Affectionate. Awe struck and proud. Lazy and lame (seriously, quit watching football, your wife is delivering your child!). Over-questioning and under listening (I luv these ones). Polite and understanding.
            - The gifts! The cameras! Oh the cell phone phenomena…yay its totally affected everyday society but you should see how it affects a labor & delivery room! Skype! Facebook updates before we’ve seen the whites of the baby’s eyes! The TEXTING!

12. Randomly running into patients I’ve taken care of…for example, two years ago a woman came up to my door for trick or treating with her daughter..”Oh my goodness! You were my nurse when I was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago…remember I was in for food poisoning…I was barfing and had diarrhea…” Long pause. {Me} “Yes, of course I remember, so glad you are feeling better!” Woman, turns bright red, realizing she just said barfing and diarrhea outloud and grabs her cute daughter's hand and quickly shuffles her prego body away.

13. Keeping in touch with women who I’ve helped deliver their babies. Seeing those cute babies grow and become big brothers and sisters. It’s special and I love that some women remember me as much as I remember them.

14. True nursing…the compassion that is so desperately needed when life’s journey ends before it can even begin. Holding that woman’s hand and crying with her. For I am a woman, and my heart aches for her loss. The evident reminder that life truly is a blessing and a gift. A priceless one. One that we have no control over. That simple reminder…you never know what someone might be going through, so love them regardless. That profound phrase…cherish everyday.

15. Crazy busy days that fly bye while working a 12-hour shift. The sometimes needed venting with co-workers about not being paid enough and “if I have to eat my lunch in the bathroom again today, I’m gonna freak out.” Love your nurse. She / he is a person too and usually trying the very best they can, while not being paid enough, barely getting a potty break, usually NOT getting a lunch break, and sometimes bossed around by those lovable MDs. Don’t kill the messenger!

16. The soft skin. Sweet lips. 10: fingers & toes. Hair…sometimes on their head, sometimes on their back, I don’t care…it’s so cute! That little tongue that vibrates when they let out those first cry’s…”WHHAATTT just happened to me!!!” Blinking eyes…such a beautiful beginning to a world that will truly open so much beauty, if they look for it. Pudgy little noses.  That new baby smell. Sweet, innocent breaths…that little chest rising…falling. Tiny bums. So perfect. I’m telling you, it’s hard not to grab one and run!

17. Critical thinking. I love the way my mind has to work when I am at work. It begins the moment I reverse out of my drive-way and my focus shifts so quickly. When I clock-in, I really am there to work. To provide a service, no matter the patient’s circumstance, that will be memorable and individualized for her. Sometimes it’s not easy. It can be down right exhausting. My mind pulses and I know what it will require to monitor her and the baby to help provide a systematic approach for the delivery of the little life inside of her. Sometimes deliveries are so smooth, truly almost effortless. Others require intense observation due to a mother’s health condition or an unborn infant’s health condition. Each birth is different. Unique. A story…that will be re-told for generations. 

18. Being apart of a team. I’ve been involved with sports almost my entire life. I grew-up with 4 sisters. Being apart of a team is in my blood. Working on a labor and delivery floor is really like being on a  team. It’s a tough try-out, let me tell you. Have you heard of baptism by fire? Although as I look back on the past 8 ½ years, I’ve never felt alone when I’ve been working. I’ve always had someone to bounce an idea off.  I’ve always felt understood because usually one of my teammates has been exactly where I was at one point or another (One nurse: “She’s 10 cm! Call the doctor” Another nurse: “Really? Wasn’t she just 2cm, and it’s her first baby…let me go re-check for you…”). It’s humbling. I’m not afraid to admit I don’t know everything…in fact, it’s something I tell each of my patients. “If I don’t know the answer, I will find someone who does!” We work together.  

19. Teaching women what the word labor means…{Me} "Yes…it actually might take a little bit of work, effort. Yes, it’s going to be exhausting. It most certainly will be painful at one point or another. But after great labor, comes great reward.”  

20. Having the extreme privlege and blessing to be apart of the special people in my life’s day! Thank you so much family and friends for inviting me to be apart of your “birth” days…I can’t think of anything more I would have rather been doing on these days, than being with you. Most recently, my college BFF, Lindsay Clegg Sundloff...who a little over a week ago welcomed McIntyre Sundloff into the world!

Here's to nursing!


Ulrich Family said...

How fun that you got to be her nurse. I want you to come and be my nurse!!! Hope you are feeling well!

Ming said...

What a beautifully written post. Thank goodness we have nurses like you in the world. I for one remember each of my labor & delivery nurses and totally got attached to them. When the nurse shift changes happened I got weepy! :) darn hormones. Anyway, this is a great post and you are a wonderful nurse!

SewSara said...

awww this made me cry!
i want you to be my nurse, too! (do you ever work at orem community?)
hope you're feeling well.

Kelsi Fullmer said...

What I'd give for you to be my nurse! That job was made for you. You are incredible.

heidi said...

That was perfect cam! Sure do love ya! I'm gonna print this and post it here in our hospital break room! You inspire many!

KESLER KREW...Cami said...

Katie! I'm there for you girly! You tell me the date, I will boil the water and we will make this baby GIRL happen :) Can't wait to see baby GIRL Ulrich!

Mindy! I luv hormones! Seriously they are crazy but they rock right! Thanks for reading, miss you girly!

Sara...congrats on the pregnancy! I will see what I can do about sneaking my self into Orem Community! I am up at St. Marks in SLC right now! Been to Joanns a few times and must keep missing you...you gotta keep your eye for some cute BLUE fabric for me!

Kels! Luv ya little momma! When am I gonna see you next?!?!

Heid---oh heid! from one nurse to another, I so luv we have this connection to share now :) missed your guts in san diego! didn't feel the same without you and brandon!

thanks for your comments friends! luv you all! and thanks for understanding!

The Aspirant said...

I loved this! I still think so fondly on the nurses that helped me with Lily. They were AMAZING! Thanks for being one of those amazing people. I can't believe all you have to do - I had a c-section so they did tons for me!

Angie Ora said...

Oh man, I want to talk to you and you can tell me all the things NOT to do as a woman in labor! Good to know about LABOR.. I didn't realize it would actually take WORK!! :)

Seriously though I want you to tell me what all the L&D jargon is so I know what the nurses are making fun of me for!!

I love you Cam! I wish you were here at Tampa General Hospital.

Lindsay said...

I must say, this truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life amd I am so glad I got to experience it with you, Cami. After all if it wasn't for you (hooking Rion and I up in the first place) we wouldn't even be in the labor room. I tear up everytime I think how lucky I was to have you there with me. We really are bf-FOREVER! I love ya girl!

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