Reflecting On My Career As A Nurse In Honor Of National Nurses Week
Growing up in a family of nurses, taking care of and helping others was something I learned from a young age. My mom was a labor and delivery nurse and my aunt was a neonatal nurse, so I have been around NICU nursing since I was a child. I started out 12 years ago working in healthcare and over the past 6 years I’ve transitioned into a nursing role in the NICU.
I recall wondering how I would ever remember all I need to know to work in this place.
I also remember being nervous about handling such tiny infants in the NICU. What if I accidentally pulled out any of their IV lines or intubation tubes? Every 3 hours we turn the patient, and it can be tricky when their whole body will fit in my hand and they have various tubes and lines attached to their body.
Every patient is different and every day is a new test. I’m glad to say I overcame those initial worries and continue to love this work.
I joined the Neonatal Team at Texas Children’s last summer. I love the team I get to work with here, from our lead attending physicians to our support staff. Recently I moved to the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women where I provide bedside care and staff support to the Neonatal Response Team. My responsibilities include responding to all high risk deliveries, codes and other emergency situations within the NICU.
I enjoy helping others, teaching new parents and the excitement that goes on in the day-to-day world of nursing. During my daily duties of taking care of patients and families, little things like hearing a parent say, “thanks for helping me,” seeing the excitement in a new parents eyes and knowing that a family is comforted and understands their baby’s condition makes my job rewarding. In nursing I know I am not just taking care of the patient, but the friends and family that support that patient too.
Doing this work, I’ve learned to be extremely flexible, use my people skills, be a team player, work hard, multi-task and focus on helping others. I have had wonderful mentors and coworkers to learn from throughout my career. I’m told no matter how long you’re a nurse, you never stop learning. It can be very stressful and a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, I believe it’s the most rewarding profession.