10 May National Nurses’ Week- Shannon
This week is all about Nurses, and each of us at Doulas of Marquette are thankful for the amazing nurses we have locally. We have seen them bring comfort, bring expertise, and bring a sense of calm to storms that our clients are facing. So far we have spoken to Monica, Megan, and Jennifer.
Today, we have the privilege of speaking to Shannon Lacar, RN (NICU). Shannon is one of the most real, kind, and skilled nurses we know. She is the true definition of how nurses bring healing to others.
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?
Shannon: I graduated from NMU in 1996 & immediately moved & first started my nursing career in Delaware. An in-demand profession has afforded me incredible jobs also in Arizona & Chicago before moving back to Marquette. I have worked in the NICU @ UPHS-Marquette since 2000.
DOM: What drew you to this specialty within nursing?
Shannon: I have always loved the infancy phase of childhood so it seemed like a great fit at the outset. However, I have truly come to love the intricacies of the skills & procedures required to work in such an intensive environment that is very nurse-driven.
DOM: What are your favorite parts of your career?
Shannon: It is an honor to have a window into the womb. I consider that thought every time I come up to an isolette and peek in at the little one inside. The families of these babies then become part of our NICU family – we navigate the triumphs & trials together. I cherish this family more than I can even put into words. This is my favorite part.
DOM:What are the most challenging parts of your career? What drives you to keep with it even through the difficult and stressful times?
Shannon: There is never enough time to do as much as I’d like. NICU nurses are a driven, spirited bunch. We are Type A, strong, independent, and some of the greatest advocates in the field of nursing. The drive comes from within & is fed by those around us & the belief in what we do … so there is never enough time.
DOM: What are some of your long term goals with your career?
Shannon: I am already doing exactly what I want to do!! Who can say that?! I will NEVER leave the bedside. My heart & soul are there.
DOM: Tell us about yourself outside of work. Do you have a family? What are your interests? Any special talents?
Shannon: Hmmmmm … 3 children – Gabriel, 17 – Malia, 15, – & Kai is 11. My role as a cheerleader to these amazing kiddos is my favorite of all that I have! I adore good coffee & do not apologize for being a snob about what justifies “good” 😉 I am surrounded by the most incredible friends – many of whom are also my co-workers! Any time spent with a friend is at the top of my favorites list. THE BEACH … my soul comes alive here. All the thrills my soul can be found at the beach. I love to sing & plan on doing more of it in my life – I have missed this. Driving a stick shift fast on a sunny day. Loving the one I’m with as hard and as well as I can … many lessons have been learned by this girl on this front. I’m embracing me & loving those around me along the way.
Thank you so much Shannon for sharing your thoughts and heart with us. It truly shows that you pour your heart and soul into your work, and into your family. Thank you for being such a light of love to all those around you.