07 May National Nurses’ Week- Megan
If you didn’t hear, we are featuring some of our favorite local Nurses this week! We started off celebrating National Nurses’ Week by interviewing Monica yesterday.
And today we are talking with Megan Blixt, RN.
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?
Megan: I started nursing school at Bay College in 2002 fresh out of high school and received my Associates Degree in nursing from there. I then pursued my Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan in 2011. I started my career in a long term care facility and transferred to UPHS-Mqt in 2007. I will have been there for 10 years in August!!
DOM: What drew you to this speciality within nursing?
Megan: At first, I was not interested in the OB idea of nursing, it scared me! My mother has been an obstetrical nurse for as long as I can remember, 20+ years so when the opportunity arose and there was an opening I decided to give it a try, I think mostly to impress my mother. At first I didn’t think it was the area for me, I mean what did I know about having a baby? How am I going to be responsible for two people in the most vulnerable time of their lives? I had no clue. When I witnessed my first birth and the emotion that came with it, I was hooked.
DOM: What are your favorite parts of your career?
Megan: Definitely being able to witness the gift of life. I enjoy the patients and the families I encounter and to be part of this major life changing event is a miracle to me everyday! I have built a few lifelong friendships with families and unfortunately, it’s sometimes through tragedy. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy “rocking babies all day.” I actually get that comment often. Our job is hard emotionally and physically, but I wouldn’t change my career path for anything. I learn something new everyday. The people I work with are all equally amazing and we are lucky to have such great, knowledgeable, caring obstetricians. These people are a huge reason I return to work everyday.
DOM: What are the most challenging parts of your career? What drives you to keep with it even through the difficult and stressful times?
Megan: It’s not all rainbows and butterflies in the field of OB. I have witnessed unthinkable tragedy and 99% of the time it comes with an unknown cause. It makes me stronger and smarter as a nurse to be able to partake in hard and happy times. What drives me to keep going? Well, as I said above my co workers and the physicians here. We are a family and are always there for each other no matter what. It is very challenging to have a “rough” day at work at return home to my own child and husband and try to put on my wife/mom suit without breaking down. As a nurse we are sworn to not share patient information with anyone, so keeping that inside at home is difficult but there are many resources through the hospital to help when emotional burnout occurs. My husband knows when it hasn’t been a great day and he is amazing and supportive in his own way toward me.
DOM: What are some of your long term goals with your career?
Megan: I have reached one of my goals of teaching nurses coming up in the nursing field. I teach clinical rotations through OB, Peds, and NICU. I have been teaching for about 6 years now and I love it! I have a goal of obtaining a Masters degree to further my teaching skills someday.
DOM: Tell us about yourself outside of work. Do you have a family? What are your interests? Any special talents?
Megan: I have a beautiful, spunky, two year old boy and an amazing husband. Also have three fur babies. I have to say, I have definitely become a changed nurse since birthing my own child. Labor is NO joke!!! I have learned so much through my own birthing experience and now have even more empathy for my patients. I am an avid deer and turkey hunter and love being in the woods whenever possible. I am a hard worker at anything I do. What I enjoy the most are my two boys!
Thank you so much for sharing some of your story with us, Megan! Your patients are definitely lucky to have you as part of their team. And we agree, labor is DEFINITELY no joke!