13 May National Nurses’ Week- Kelly
We’re sure you all know by now that we are sharing some of our favorite nurses on the blog this week in celebration of National Nurses’ Week. Tonight, we are talking to a Nurse that not only is a leader in the NICU, but who despite the high intensity of her job, keeps us all laughing.
Here’s a little more about Kelly Kurin, NNP-BC.
DOM: Tell us about your nursing career/journey. Where did you go to college? When did you start? How long have you been on the Family Birthing floor?
Kelly: I have worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of UPHS Marquette for 26 years. I am an NMU grad and worked for about 18 years as an RN in the NICU. I decided at that point it was time to go on for an advanced degree that would enhance the skill set that I had acquired, taught to me by a dedicated physician staff over the years. My Masters degree is from Wayne State University. I am board certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I have also held an International Board Certification as a Lactation Consultant for 16 years.
DOM: What drew you to this speciality within nursing?
Kelly: Basically, I dont like adults. I have always loved kids and the disease processes that occur in babies and children have always been more interesting than an adult with high blood pressure, heart disease or a bad back.
DOM: What are your favorite parts of your career?
Kelly: I love to do procedures and I love breastfeeding .
DOM: What are the most challenging parts of your career? What drives you to keep with it even through the difficult and stressful times?
Kelly: Social aspects of the Nicu population have gotten really sticky with an increased incidence of drug exposure. Safe discharge plans can quickly become frustrating. I feel very defeated if a discharge goes wrong , we as Nicu nurses keep as close an eye as possible on patients post discharge and we find out more often than not when something adverse happens to a patient. For some reason everytime I find myself discouraged or defeated, I end up seeing a Nicu grad who is doing great which refreshes me.
DOM: What are some of your long term goals with your career?
Kelly: I would like help organize a mother-baby rehab house with mothers working through an addiction program while their baby weans from prescribed medications. Emphasis being on parent education and bonding outside of hospital setting.
DOM: Tell us about yourself outside of work. Do you have a family? What are your interests? Any special talents?
Kelly: I am the mother of three: the oldest graduates from MSU this year, the middle child (totally fits the description) is an almost junior at Alma college and my baby will graduate from high school in June and will attend LSSU in the Fall. What a fun ride it has been with those three; basketball, swimming and soccer had consumed my “free” time for years. Now I seem to have more time so I attempt to run , not fast, I just do it. I love to cook and bake. But, my passion is helping mothers breastfeed, I love it more than anything. There’s something very gratifying about seeing a hesitant mother smiling down on her infant who has successfully latched. Makes my nipples tingle!!!
Thank you so much, Kelly, for sharing so honestly. And like we said in the intro, you definitely keep us laughing (tingly nipples)! We appreciate the warmness and realness you bring to your patients, and how your passion for breastfeeding really shows when you support others. Thinking of you makes us want to be better doulas, so we can only imagine what the team at UPHS- Marquette feels about you!