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A Day in the Life of a Fertility Clinic Nurse
While your fertility doctor is in charge of managing your treatment plan, your doctor’s nurse will be the person who helps you execute it. Infertility clinic nurses help you schedule your appointments around your cycle, call you with your test results and help you understand your treatment protocol including, if necessary, training you and/or your partner how to manage your injectable drugs.
Nurse of the Month: Karen Froehlich, RN
Karen Froehlich, RN, East Coast Fertility, April 2010
Karen Froehlich, RN, has been an in vitro fertilization (IVF) Nurse at East Coast Fertility, in Plainview, NY, for three years. Karen’s expertise, organization and compassion make her a stand-out among her peers.
“I was actually an IVF patient myself prior to becoming a registered nurse,” explains Karen. “My only child, Eric, was conceived via a frozen embryo transfer [FET] after two years of fertility treatment with Dr. Kreiner [founder of East Coast Fertility]. As a patient, I underwent IUI cycles, two fresh IVF cycles, and multiple FET cycles prior to my pregnancy.”
Although she already had a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego, her experience as an infertility patient inspired Karen to return to school at SUNY Farmingdale when her son was two-years-old in order to get her RN degree.
Her day starts early, before 8:00 a.m., when the fertility clinic begins seeing patients for blood work, ultrasounds and intrauterine inseminations (IUIs).
“After monitoring is completed around 9:00 a.m.,” she says. “I will return messages to patients, review labs, order medication and work on my IVF patients’ schedules.”
The rest of her day is continuing to support the doctor in fertility procedures, complete infertility work-ups and fielding calls from patients. Karen says that helping each client understand the requirements and timing of her treatment plan is one of the most important aspects of a job she finds incredibly rewarding even when it’s challenging.
“The most difficult part of my job is calling a patient with a negative pregnancy test, or being in the exam room with a patient who has just received the news that she is miscarrying a pregnancy that took her many years of treatment to conceive,” says Karen adding that she values being able to respond to these crises with compassion. “Having been through this same experience myself, I am thankful for the opportunity to be there to help them through.”
Nominate Your Nurse
In honor of these hard working nurses who hold our hands throughout our treatment experiences, FertilityAuthority.com will feature a dedicated infertility clinic nurse each month. You can nominate your favorite clinic nurse by clicking here. We will contact you if your nurse is chosen to be our Nurse of the Month.