During my time at Public Health I was able to participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, a program that pairs first time low-income pregnant women and their families with a nurse. The nurse visits with the family twice a month through the woman's pregnancy until the child reaches the age of two. The nurse is able to provide a variety of services such as well-child checks, nutrition and breastfeeding support, and parenting education. I absolutely loved participating in this program and I would love to be an NFP nurse in the future. I was able to meet so many amazing families and felt like I was truly contributing to their child's future. Through my participation in this program I discovered my love for maternal-child health and my desire to have a career in this field.
While finishing my senior capstone at IMH I was able to further participate in the arena of maternal-child health through my work in the Labor and Delivery/Pediatrics area. I have been blessed with the opportunity to help so many wonderful families with the birth of their beautiful babies! It feels pretty amazing to watch so many little miracles everyday. I have also had the opportunity to practice and improve upon so many of my nursing skills and to complete the nursing process from start to finish.
I have learned an incredible amount not only about nursing, but also about myself during these two experiences. My senior capstone has given me so many opportunities to learn. I feel more confident in my ability to be a nurse, not because I feel like I know everything I need to know about being a nurse, but because I have learned that nursing school is only the beginning of the learning experience. When we leave those doors for the world beyond we have only begun our journey!