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Although I don’t write about it that often, I am a hospital based labor and delivery nurse. It’s not just a job, but a career that I love with all my heart. Being an RN requires a set of specific skills, yet also someone who is intuitive. It’s repetitive, yet always different, and yes, it’s well paying. It allows me to find work-life balance that is normally so elusive.
I like my career so much that I’ve been in the exact same job for eighteen years. When I started my job in 1995, I was twenty-seven-years old and absolutely petrified that I would make a mistake that would both: A) Embarrass me. B) Harm someone. Yes, I embarrassed myself more times that I care to recall. (I once called a doctor in the middle of the night to report a “high panic” lab result that was actually normal for the medication she was taking.) However, I’ve never harmed a patient. Why? Because my schooling to become a registered nurse taught me to check and then double check everything. And more importantly, because hospital nursing does not occur in a vacuum, there is always someone around to confer with. And as I’ve gone from being the asker to the answerer, my confidence has grown. Confidence as a nurse, but also confidence as a parent, a blogger and as a resource for labor and delivery information. Pity the person who casually asks me a maternity related question, because that person will be gifted with more information than they could have imagined. (But hopefully in a good way.)
I knew when I entered nursing school that I wanted to work with laboring women, but I didn’t realize how becoming a labor and delivery nurse would affect my identity. It was nothing like the jobs I’d worked in before as retail clerk, law office receptionist and Christmas elf. Those were just, well . . . jobs. And it’s not just me. My co-workers would absolutely agree with my premise that being a labor and delivery nurse is a defining characteristic of who we are. Which could not have happened if we hadn’t all made so many individual decisions to go to nursing school. (Not to mention keeping up with all continuing education that is an important part of staying on top of our jobs!) I have not one regret with the decision I made in 1989 to start taking pre-nursing classes. It’s just about the smartest decision I ever made.
Katy Wolk-Stanley, RN
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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