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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Joy Zimmerman-Golden, ANP

October 2013
Joy Zimmerman-Golden, Anchorage, AK

Joy Zimmerman-Golden is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. While there are no reproductive endocrinologists in Alaska, she provides patients with fertility workups, low-tech treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and the initial stages of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Zimmerman-Golden is also President of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, the first nurse practitioner to hold that title in the Society’s 62 years.

FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Joy Zimmerman-Golden as Nurse of the Month.

Her practice operates much like a satellite fertility clinic, she says. She works closely with Seattle Reproductive Medicine, who provides ongoing training to her team. Care is coordinated in both locations, and a phone consultation is done with the Seattle practice. IVF patients start the cycle, through day 8 or 9 of the injectable fertility drugs, at her practice in Anchorage. The remainder of the cycle – egg retrieval, embryo transfer – is completed in Seattle, with the patient only spending approximately 8 days there. “We’ve been doing it so long, it works well,” Zimmeran-Golden says.

As a former fertility patient, Zimmerman acknowledges that it’s very painful to be in “the public bedroom,” as she refers to it. Her emphasis is on education and proper care. “I treat every patient as a guest,” whether their issue is major or minor. “Questions are important to me and we stay really connected,” she says, noting that patients have access to her via cell phone. “I encourage patients to look at all options but be realistic.”

And something patients and their primary care physicians and gynecologists need to know? “Time is precious,” where fertility is concerned, Zimmerman-Golden says. “I almost cry, there’s so much wasted time.”

Zimmerman-Golden’s focus is also one of education s the current President of PCRS. The annual meeting provides scholarships for more than 50 percent of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) fellows in the United States, and it’s her goal for PCRS to be the “go-to-place” for U.S. REI fellows, providing them outstanding education and networking opportunities. She is also committed to expanding education for nurses, and making sure that the Society invokes the team. Infertility clinicians are more than physicians – they are urologists, embryologists, nurses and psychologists. “They are one spoke on the wheel,” she says, “If one spoke is out, you go flat.”

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In honor of these hard working nurses who care for us throughout our fertility treatment experiences, FertilityAuthority.com will feature a dedicated fertility clinic nurse each month. You can nominate your favorite fertility nurse here. We will contact you if your nurse is chosen to be our Fertility Nurse of the Month.

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