I am so excited that you are here!
Hopefully you have had a chance to look around. I am truly THRILLED that you are here. CLE Mommy, RN is a lifelong dream come to life. Through this website and my personal workshops I intend to share with you all of the information necessary to empower you in caring for that amazing little baby in your life.
As a pediatric nurse I was CONVINCED that being a mommy would be easy (I have difficulty even typing that now!). During one relaxed Saturday shift when I was pregnant I remember sitting at the nurse’s desk with a well-seasoned mommy/nurse who was pregnant with her fourth baby. She asked if I was taking any prenatal classes. At that time I hadn’t decided if I wanted to or not, and responded “Don’t you think being a nurse makes it so much easier to be a mom? Do I really need those classes?” I will never forget the sound of her laughter. She must have thought I was crazy. Her response is embedded in my brain. She said, “Being a nurse does NOT make you a better mom. But being a mom definitely makes you a better nurse.”
At the time I couldn’t appreciate the insightfulness of that statement. Being a mom has made me a MUCH better nurse. As a parent you develop an unmatched confidence in your own judgement, an ability to see situations in far more detail than most people, and you approach every situation with an instinctual sense of determination and efficiency. When caring for other people’s children these skills are INVALUABLE. They allow me to see the child’s symptoms with such clarity, and even anticipate what is likely to happen next.
No longer caring for patients at the bedside I use these honed skills to teach patients and families how to care for themselves at home. A ridiculous belief about hospitals is that people go there to heal. Yes, children tend to get better in the hospital before we send them home. But the majority of healing is done at home under the care and supervision of parents and caregivers. The techniques and knowledge I perfected at the bedside are the tools I arm parents with prior to taking a sick or fragile child home to heal.
One day recently I began questioning why we wait so long to teach this information to patients and families. Why must a child be in the hospital in order for the parent to receive the information necessary to keep them healthy? CLE Mommy, RN was born from this exact question.
Through this website and my individualized workshops I intend to arm you with the tools to keep your children healthy and recognize when something isn’t right. Tools that are deeply rooted in nursing science and research – not old wives tales. Tools that are used by every nurse in every pediatric hospital around the country. Tools that allow you to get every benefit out of your relationship with your child’s caregivers and medical providers.
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