YON 2020 Day 190: Ann Gardner, BSN, RN

Working on the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) unit at Fairview Hospital allows Ann Gardner, BSN, RN, to be with her patients throughout their entire birthing experience. She has found her niche in nursing and enjoys her role greatly.

I have been a nurse for thirty-seven years, most of which have been in the obstetric setting. I fell in love with OB in nursing school. My instructor placed me in the nursery one day, and it was the first time I felt like I could actually be a nurse. Nursing has always worked out for me; it allowed me to raise a family and work wherever my husband was transferred for his job.

I was twenty years old when I got my first job on a medical-surgical unit. If it weren’t for my coworkers, I probably wouldn’t have made it! With their support and guidance, I grew as a nurse and gained confidence and skill. A few years later, I met my husband, moved to Cleveland, and got my first job as a postpartum nurse. Throughout the years, I gained more experience in the OB setting, including labor and delivery and special care nursery.

Three years ago, I had the privilege of helping open the LDRP unit at Fairview Hospital. I enjoy helping women have low-intervention births and coaching them through their labor. Educating new mothers on how to care for their newborn gives me joy. This past Valentine’s Day, a previous patient brought her one-year old daughter back to visit me because we made a connection during her labor and delivery. It was nice that I became a part of her birth story and I helped empower her to have the experience she wanted during the most important day of her life.

I spend many shifts orienting new nurses and precepting nursing students. I enjoy teaching and seeing nurses and students grow in their practice. I feel like I’m paying forward what I received as a new graduate nurse.

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