Becoming a Nurse

Becoming a Nurse

Alyssa Landry, Labor and Delivery Nurse Tech (and 2022 nurse)

As long as I can remember, my career goal has been to become a nurse. When I received the call that I had been accepted into nursing school at Southern University, that brought me a little closer to reaching my goal.

When I completed my first semester, I began the process of looking for a tech job in a hospital because I wanted to gain experience of working and learning in a hospital setting. I discovered that Woman’s Hospital was hiring for their Labor and Delivery unit, so I applied. Since I’d previously worked at a daycare where I loved caring for and watching the babies grow, I knew it was a good fit.

When I received an email that I had been hired for the nurse tech job, I was eager to start this next step of my journey to becoming a nurse. I was already working while in school, so I knew how to balance myself between both responsibilities.

The hands-on experiences are invaluable.

I have grown to enjoy Labor and Delivery. When I began working at Woman’s, I knew I wanted to work with babies, I just wasn’t sure in what way. After watching and learning what Labor and Delivery is all about, I think I found where I’m meant to be! I get to form a bond with the patients and get to help them welcome their new baby into the world. This has given me so much joy.

Working in a hospital while in school has both challenges and benefits. Time management is essential.

I am able to actually see what I’m learning in school and have it all come together – it’s such an “ah-ha” moment. 

Each shift I’m looking for something new to learn. The nursing staff on the unit is so helpful and will answer any questions I have. Labor and Delivery at Woman’s is where I hope to work and start my nursing career once I graduate in 2022!

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