More than 400 families a month trust our L&D nurses for care.
Christine Shepherd, Labor and Delivery Nurse Manager, joined Memorial Regional Hospital in November 2016. What she found was an organization of enormous size and scope, along with the opportunity to bring other nurses into a unique practice model.
“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never had as much support from leadership as I do here. Nurses are encouraged to share their suggestions about patient care and to grow their skills into new areas. This is especially important as acuities increase and the Family Birthplace model evolves,” Shepherd says.
Labor and Delivery nurses who are newly hired at Memorial have the opportunity to cross-train as part of the larger Family Birthplace team. Nurses are supported by a Perinatal Navigator, Nurse Clinician and Clinical Nurse Specialist. New L&D nurses participate in a six-month Perinatal Education Program under the guidance of a preceptor for both didactic and hands-on learning.
“As we grow and expand, and as technology evolves, it’s important for nurses to be open to new ways of taking care of patients. We believe that nurses are better able to add value to the organization – and to their own careers – when they are able to have new experiences within the Family Birthplace,” stresses Shepherd. “We want all nurses at Memorial – L&D and otherwise – to be able to practice at the top of their license.”
If you’re an L&D nurse who wants to do more with your career, this is the place to do it. Learn more about our opportunities online now.