Prior to completing nursing school, I was unsure of what specialty would be a good fit for me. In my last semester of school I was able to choose my area of interest for my final rotation. Out of curiosity, I selected the NICU. I was immediately faced with the earnestness of caring for tiny souls. I saw the babies in their most vulnerable state, crying out for the touch of someone who cared. As a novice nurse I was touched by their presence and could see how my care would directly impact not only their lives, but those of their families as well. I have been committed to the care of sick and premature babies ever since.
Attending deliveries as a member of the Neo Response Team has provided me with a rare perspective. I get to see normal, healthy newborns as well as the preemies that are near and dear to my heart. Caring for all types of babies has given me insight to support our families in each stage of their baby’s stay with us.
Through my journey in the NICU I have celebrated first birthdays and going home parties. I have also attended funerals, cried and prayed with families of babies that have passed away.
My passion for babies has never wavered. I remain a voice for the innocent. Although these babies may have been born premature, they are equally as deserving of love and tenderness.
I participate in the March of Dimes: March for Babies Walk to raise awareness for the little ones that I care for. Although small, they are our future nurses, doctors, teachers and lawyers. Through research we can foster the growth and development of the tiniest of babies. After all, big miracles can come in tiny packages.