YOU Make a difference.
This year’s theme, “Nurses Making a Difference,” couldn’t be more fitting. Nurses are on the front lines, working tirelessly to provide care, comfort, and support to patients and their families.
Not just this week, but every day, we are committed to recognizing and celebrating the dedication and expertise of all nursing staff.
To celebrate National Nurses Week, we will be launching PeriGen Trace Race on May 11th – 12th. This exciting event will feature nurse trivia and offer participants a chance to win some awesome prizes!
In addition, follow our social media channels throughout the week to read about some of the incredible nurses who work here at PeriGen.
Thank you to all nurses! We appreciate all that you do.
We asked some of the nurses on our team a few questions about their nursing experience.
Check out their responses below!
Darcy Dinneny MBA, MSN, RN
Darcy, what do you value most about nursing?
Nursing gave me my first real career. It allowed me to do what I do best—take care of people in their most vulnerable times. I learned a lot of that through mothering five children and then got to make a career of it. I was privileged to witness the birth of families, to share in their ultimate joy and sometimes their worst pain. Nursing taught me to be more compassionate, less judgmental, more aware of others outside my circumstances. Nursing ultimately made me a better human being.
Sabrina Dryden MSN, RNC-OB
Sabrina, how has nursing changed you since your first started?
There is more technology in healthcare that can assist the clinician in taking care of the patients. There is more emphasis on science, research, and evidence-based practice.
Sabrina, what do you value most about nursing?
Nursing is a profession with the ability to leave a memorable mark on the world. There are many facets to nursing and there are many ways that nurses contribute to making the world a better place.
Jamie Lycus RN, C-EFM, RNC-OB
Jamie, share one thing everyone should know about nurses.
They care! A lot! About each other, their patients, their family…Nurses tend to try to take care of everything…
Jamie, what is your favorite part of nursing?
Flexibility to change your work hours, days you work, and most importantly follow a different path. So many options in the nursing profession depending on where you would like to focus. I have used this to my advantage during different times in my life to accommodate children, home life, and personal goals.
Kylie Rowlands-Perez RN, CNM, MSN, C-EFM, CONQS, SANE-A
Kylie, what do you find most challenging about nursing?
Not being able to fix their ‘whole’. Some people have so many complex conditions that are inclusive of physical, psychological and social aspects and you can’t fix all of them in the short time you spend with them.
Share one thing everyone should know about nurses.
Their bladder capacity is about 2000mls.
Joanne Fullerton MS, RN-BC
Joanne, What is your favorite part of nursing?
I love that the nursing profession has so many career opportunities. From bedside nursing in a specialty care unit, to taking to the skies as a flight nurse, or working as a nurse practitioner, the possibilities seem limitless. And if you prefer to take a different path outside of patient care, there is administration, education, informatics, research, and so much more. You can start in one area and 5 or 10 years later be doing something completely different, but you are still a nurse!
Karen Kolega DNP, MSN-CNL, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CONQS
Karen, what is your favorite part of nursing?
My favorite part of nursing is first and foremost helping others on their healthcare journey throughout the lifespan. Our work, knowledge, and nursing expertise makes a difference. It is such an honorable and noble profession. In the end, our delivery of family centered, equitable care helps our patients, their families, the community, and indeed the nation.
Meghan Smith MSN, MBA-HM, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNML
Meghan, what do you find most challenging about nursing?
The ongoing financial strains that hospitals face make providing excellent and personal care more and more challenging. Nurses are doing more with less and still trying to provide the same standard of care.
Meghan, share one thing everyone should know about nursing.
Nursing is a calling. We don’t do it because it seems like an “easy” job, we do it because we care. I think Perinatal nurses are their own breed in this as well…. people either love it or think we are crazy. I haven’t met many people that “think they will try it”… they are all in or all out.
Stacy Young, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Stacy, What do you value most about nursing?
Nursing has taught me the value of relationships and the power of vulnerability. Connecting with a patient during one of the most memorable and impactful events of her life is a huge responsibility and gift. Same goes for the nurses I work side by side with all of these years. We share many highs and many lows together and it continues to mold me and make me a better and more complete person.