🎉❤️CONGRATS! To @Nurse2nnp Tammi our Nurse of the Week! She has such a wealth of knowledge please read more about her and her experiences!
I started my Nursing career as a PICU RN. After a year in the PICU, I landed a position in the NICU. I grew there as a Nurse, taking on various positions such as a PICC Team RN and Charge RN. After 4 years in the NICU I interviewed for a position on the NICU Flight Team. I was beyond excited when I was offered the position. For 6 years I flourished in opportunities that expanded my Nursing skills in assessment, critical thinking, multi tasking, procedures and communication. Being the eyes and ears for the physician is a responsibility that can not be taken lightly when transporting critically ill newborns. After 6 years, I grounded myself and headed to a Graduate Program to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). 3 years and 2 1/2 pregnancies later, I completed the program. It definitely wasn’t easy but I had family & a amazing NNP advisor that encouraged me when my faith in myself faltered. I met and exceeded the challenge. Here I am, 19 years into my career as a NNP and I still love caring for the smallest patients and their families!
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What is the best part about your job?
I love preforming procedures. It is one of the responsibilities along with developing with the medical plan of care with the attending physician that continues to develop me as an evolving NNP each day. Going to deliveries where a provider presence is requested and then after the baby is born, telling the family that their newborn is well enough to stay with them and not be admitted to the NICU.
Any fond memories of your nursing career?
My fondest memory was more about my patient than myself. I attended the graduation of a former 30 week premature newborn’s high school graduation. Her family voiced how happy they were that I was going to make it (I was scheduled to work that day). What a honor to be present at her premature birth and then watch her graduate with Honors from high school!!
Do you have any advice for other nurses out there?
Nursing has so many options outside of bedside nursing. You can be a bedside nurse which is an essential role but you can also thrive in a nursing role outside of the hospital, that is also valued, including starting your own business! Explore what’s out there and if it matches your talents and goals (professional, personal and financial) then peruse it. Your nursing career and license belong to only alone. Shouldn’t you be the one that determines its destiny?
Thank you Tami for all you’ve done and continue to do!!