What I love most about being a nurse is the relationships I develop with my patients. I also love the people that I work with, but being able to follow women through pregnancy and delivery is particularly rewarding.
I always wanted to help people, particularly women. Nursing gives us a unique opportunity to connect with individuals as well as guide them through their particular journeys.
What it’s like to be a Certified Nurse Midwife
Learn all about the responsibilities of a Certified Nurse Midwife from Jamie, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC.
I get to guide women through pregnancy, through gynecological problems, and probably the most exciting part of my day is that I get to deliver babies.
What a typical work shift is like for me
I work 2–3 days a week in our women’s health clinic, seeing primarily pregnant women. Those days are roughly 8-hour days and I’ll see anywhere from 20–45 patients. On the other 1–2 days that I work, I’m up on Labor and Delivery for 12-hour shifts. I triage pregnant women who come in with problems or to check to see if they are in labor. I manage their labor and deliver their babies. The clinic days are busy but more predictable, L&D is less reliable — while sometimes we have the opportunity to take it slow, we’re often running around trying to catch our breaths!
My innovation story
I try to take a few minutes for myself. I like to run, that kind of blows off a little bit of steam, and try to remember that as I was racing to try to make it here today, everything will wait.”