When did you decide to become an NP?
I was a registered nurse and practiced in Jackson, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. for four years before wanting to become a nurse practitioner by my 30th birthday. I was a board certified NP by age 28. I always wanted to be involved in medicine since becoming an emergency medical technician in high school and volunteering on the local ambulance. My experience and a teenager and young adult have helped shape the career I have, and I am so grateful to have found what I love to do.
Time for self-care is really hard, but it must be a priority. Exercising in any capacity, meditating, learning to deep breathe and finding ways to multitask to keep your days free is helpful, but also very hard. Working on your marriage and friendships when your new baby is hard but essential to building the support you need. Improving how to communicate your needs and learning to say “no” is a much-needed skill. Things that help me are the ClassPass, Headspace App, and Feel Good Effect pod cast.
I cofounded Stork Childbirth Education with my dear friend and colleague, Lauren, after teaching new families childbirth ed since 2014. We wanted to serve our families better by covering evidence-based prenatal classes. We offer families out Survival Guide full of postpartum resources and in it refer to companies that employ qualified Newborn Care Specialists. It is important to us to refer to companies that we trust and who are experts in their field. Knowing the ICNCS certification is behind my referrals makes us confident in the safety and skills of our newborn care providers.
I am a board-certified registered nurse since 2003 and board-certified nurse practitioner since 2008, we must hold our care providers to the same standards. If no trustworthy certification exists, then parents are at a loss for who to trust caring for their children. This also makes collaboration among care providers easier as an International Certified Newborn Care Specialist can be trusted and held to standards of care.