If You Worked with Florence Nightingale

If you worked with Florence Nightingale, I imagine she’d inspire you to be better. I bet she would be the type of nurse that would encourage you to strive for great things. I think she would have you believe that absolutely anything is possible, and that we should always aim for greatness.  It is with her in mind that I ask every nurse who reads this to reflect on your practice, your patients, and your profession. What can we do to make things better for ourselves, for the people that we serve, and for the profession that so strongly defines us?  With one of my first experiences with maternal death, I realized early in my nursing career that we have so much work to do.

It is with great hesitation that I talk about something that I have been working on for months. To be honest, I am always afraid of failure, but my sincere desire for things to be better for everyone urges me to just try. I don’t know if I’ll fail. I don’t know if people will respond. But I have to tell myself that if action is activated in even just one person, then what we all do is worth it.

Until I figure out exactly how I can contribute to the big scheme of things, I will support organizations that are already doing great work for the group of people that matter the most to me. I have started a nonprofit organization called NursesWomenBabies. With this nonprofit, I will highlight the talents of nurses and women. Money made from the sale of any items donated to NursesWomenBabies will go to organizations that support the advancement of nurses, women, and/or babies 😃


Being a member of AWHONN since I graduated nursing school, I have decided to highlight the Every Woman, Every Baby campaign first. If you decide to make a donation straight to Every Woman, Every Baby, please list Adventures of a Labor Nurse under “additional comments” so I will know who to personally thank (and of course, there will be surprises!)

If you have something you would like to donate, or know of an organization or charity that you would like me to consider highlighting in the future, please contact me here.

So today I begin another adventure 😃 I will start the donation process. For any products I’m asked to review, I will donate the money made from reviewing or selling the product.  You can see our progress here and be sure to thank people who love #nurseswomenbabies!


Until my next delivery ❤

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If I could talk to nurses like I talk to my 6 year old. Shelly Lopez Gray, an RN who is obviously very burned out in her job, wrote a piece entitled “If Nurses Could Talk To You Like They Talk to Their Kids”, published on the Huffington Post. Let me explain it to Ms. Gray, and other nurses, the way I explain things to my child, so that you will have a better perspective of the patient’s point of view. Ms. Gray complains that patients in the labor unit do not clean up their rooms, wear cosmetics or fix… Read more »
Cindy Yonkman
Wow- Honestly Shay, I am also a Laobr Nurse and when I read the posts written by Shelly, I feel like she is peering over my shoulder into my daily world. The fact that she I don’t say the things we all are thinking is evidence that I REALLY do LOVE my job- even on bad days. I smile and pick up the garbage and don’t send in the janitorial staff b/c my patient doesn’t need one more person in the room distracting them when they are trying to grab a couple moments of rest. Maybe you have a hard… Read more »

I too related to the experience of patients in that blog. Of course we don’t SAY what we think and of course we all try to give “above and beyond” care to all our patients. This blog is actually better received by other nurses who’ve been there, up close and personal. Patients who are recovering from a bad experience or who just have a big old chip on their shoulder don’t take it the way it was intended. This is a society of ” the offended” who don’t want to see it from anyone else’s point of view, ever.

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