07 May National Nurses’ Week- Monica
Did you know that this week is National Nurses’ Week? Well, it’s true! Here at Doulas of Marquette, we are super thankful for the nurses that we get to work alongside in supporting each of you in your births. As we went to drop off some treats to the nurses on the family birthing floors at both UPHS-Marquette and UPHS- Bell this morning, the thing that kept ringing through our minds is that nurses are really the heart and soul of so many hospitals.
We can’t begin to thank them enough, and this week, we decided to do something a little different. To feature some of the amazing nurses that we have the honor of working alongside. Nurses that give their all to their patients, and always warmly welcome each of us as part of the birthing team! These are just a handful of the amazing nurses we have in Marquette County. Please be sure to thank a nurse in your life this week.
First up, we had the pleasure to talk to Monica Jenema!
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?
Monica: I went to college at Northern Michigan University where I was initially recruited for Nordic Skiing & Running. I competed in dual sports for 4 years, attending NCAAs for skiing while attended school full time and then finished my nursing degree once my eligibility was expired. I’ve been a nurse for 2 years, all of it in OB and have work at UPHS-Marquette for 1.5years.
DOM: What drew you to this speciality within nursing?
Monica: I was always interested in OB during school and have loved babies my whole life, but my rotation during nursing school is what really drew me to the speciality. Getting to be present for such a life changing moment in people’s families is so special!
DOM: What are your favorite parts of your career?
Monica: I love all parts of my job but being present while people welcome their first child or seeing older siblings meet new family members are probably my favorite aspects!
DOM: What are the most challenging parts of your career? What drives you to keep with it even through the difficult and stressful times?
Monica: One of the challenges in our job is the time we sacrifice with our own families. We always say OB is feast or famine though so typically the busy times come with some slower times we can spend a little extra time at home.
DOM: What are some of your long term goals with your career?
Monica: I definitely don’t see myself going anywhere besides OB so continuing to grow in my skills as a OB nurse and also learning various ways I can help support families are some areas I’m looking to always improve in.
DOM: Tell us about yourself outside of work. Do you have a family? What are your interests? Any special talents?
Monica: Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends. My husband Tyler and I have 2 daughters, Skylar who just turned 2 and we just welcomed our second daughter Hadley on April 15th! We are very active and spend lots of time outside, hiking, running, mountain biking, downhill skiing, nordic skiing, or just spending time at the park or beach. We also have a dog Két who is very active and typically joins us in many of our activities.
Thank you Monica for sharing some of your journey with us. We are thankful for you!