If you've been reading my blog for anytime at all, you know that I'm a nurse. You might even know that I've had several different jobs since I've started blogging almost 4 years ago. And I had 2 other "big girl" nursing jobs before that. I just started my most recent job in May so I just made 7 months there. In the past 7 months I've learned more about myself, my community, and nursing than I have in the past 6 years of nursing.
I always knew that education was my passion in nursing. Once you graduate from nursing school, there are SO many ways you can go and none of them are the same. I've worked in a big busy hospital, a small community hospital, the school district, administration in the school district and now Nurse Family Partnership. I've never been truly happy anywhere that I've worked because it was missing something. In May I found that missing piece. Now I get to educate every.single.day.
When people ask me exactly what it is I do, it's hard to put it in to words. Every day is different. That's part of the excitement of my job and why I love it.
If I had to describe my job in a few sentences it would be this: I do in home education with first time mom's that are on Medicaid. We work with them on everything that they need to know to have a healthy pregnancy and ultimately have a healthy baby. We want them to be able to give their babies the best life possible and not go through the same cycle that they've most likely been through. We go see them every 2 weeks and stay with them until the baby is 2 years old.
But let's get more on a personal level... what do you think happens when you see these families every 2 weeks for over 2 years? There are friendships, trust, and loyalty that develop. You see these girls at their worst and work them up to be their best. These girls look forward to you coming over. You listen to them with no judgment at all. You see children grow up and start to remember you when you come over. You laugh together and even cry together. I've only been working with the program for 7 months and seeing clients for 6, and I've already experienced all of these. I get teary eyed just thinking about how much I and this program make a difference in these families lives.
Because of HIPAA, I can't talk about everything that happens in my day to day at work, but it's emotionally draining some days. There are days when I just have to look at my client and say, "I don't know how to help you, but we're going to figure it out together." From drugs to domestic violence to homelessness...I've seen it all. Even on my most draining days where I get in the car after a visit and cry for them, I am happy. FINALLY. I'm making a difference just being there and being the ONE constant in their life. My visits might be the only stability they have.
Every day I come home so thankful for the life that I have. I have stability, a husband, a family, and a roof over my head. Some people aren't that fortunate and I see it first-hand. I've worked very hard to get to where I am in life and it hasn't been easy, but some of my clients have everything working against them. They have to work so much harder just to do the little things because of the lack of support. Every day I thank God for everything that I have and also thank Him for allowing me to help these families get on their feet and be a positive in their life.
While I may not be your typical nurse saving lives with medicine, CPR and ventilators, I am changing lives every single day. It takes a special person to be a nurse and a special person to be the type of nurse I am. I pour my heart in to it every day and get so much back in return.
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