In the early 2000’s, Associates degree nurses thrived during the nursing shortage. Most of us found work within hospitals right out of nursing school – some even received sign-on bonuses! Before I officially received my ASN degree, I had four job offers on the table from area hospitals. I graduated with my Associates in Science & Nursing on May 30th, 2006 and started my first job in a hospital as a graduate nurse (the title you receive before you officially pass your boards). In the last 10 years the job climate has changed for us ASN nurses.
In the eight years I’ve been a labor nurse, I’ve been fortunate to participate in hundreds of deliveries and learn so much along the way. It was my experience with my labor nurse as a new mom that drew me to this kind of nursing. I’ve learned that caring for a labor patient goes far beyond simply managing care, contraction pain relief, charting, and deliveries… there’s a certain intuitive mindset that comes into play that you develop over the years as a labor nurse.
The profession of nursing has come a long way since the turn of the 19th century thanks to influential nurses like Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, and Dorothea Dix. Roles have evolved, education has advanced, and professionalism has been rightly earned. In this day and age, Nurses work harder than ever and wear as many hats as there are sick people to care for.