Home-visiting nurse helps moms, babies toward successful futures
Whether you are an experienced RN, returning to school to earn your B.S. degree or someone outside the profession considering becoming a nurse, it’s helpful to look at the daily responsibilities of a variety of nurses to help you see the possibilities. There are many places outside of a hospital where a nurse can contribute.
Here is a video profile of Kathy a nurse home visitor from Alabama who helps young moms prepare for their future.
She chose a nursing career in obstetrics because having a baby is usually a happy time in someone’s life. Kathy gets the opportunity to be with first-time mothers during this time, working with them from early in their pregnancies until their babies are two years old. Because of this, she has developed close bonds with her patients.
Kathy enjoys nursing because it gives her a chance “to make a difference.”
Kathy works through the Nurse-Family Partnership, a community healthcare program that offers care and support to low-income, first-time moms and their children through ongoing home visits. More information can be found on the Nurse-Family Partnership website.
“The best thing about this job is the opportunity to help young moms,” Kathy says in the video. “Helping them to get good pregnancy outcomes and then also helping them to make decisions that will affect the type of mother they will be.”
The community healthcare program discussed in this video is the type of program students learn about in the Alvernia service learning course, NUR 412 Nursing of the Family and Community. Alvernia University nursing students develop their expertise in a variety of diverse clinical practice settings on-campus and at Reading, Pa. hospitals. Students also participate in campus and community service programs, which goes hand in hand with the service-based-learning principles of the university.
Kathy’s video above was created as part of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, a multi-year national initiative designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, and help retain nurses currently in the profession.