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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Greta Killmer, RN
CNY Fertility, Albany, NY, May 2011
FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Greta Killmer, RN, as Fertility Nurse of the Month. Killmer, who works at CNY Fertility in Albany, NY, has specialized in infertility for seven years. As a fertility clinic nurse, she monitors patients’ cycles with ultrasound, performs blood work, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryo transfers, as well as provides patient education.
Killmer describes her job as fulfilling and challenging. “When I know I’ve helped [patients] or if can let them look at things in a different way, that’s what makes my day — helping them to get through this really intense process.”
Her patients agree and are thankful for the support Killmer gives them during what can be an emotionally trying time. “Greta provides me with strength when I have no more," says one fertility patient who nominated Killmer for Nurse of the Month. "My questions are endless, and she provides me with the answers. She gives hugs and tissues when tears are many. Her honesty gives me hope. I sleep better at night because she is on my side. She is helping make my dream come true. How do you thank someone for that?”
Killmer says it's important to let patients know that things will be okay, that the majority of them will be able to have a baby with IUI, IVF or donor egg. “It may be a different sort of okay, but it will be okay,” she explains. “It’s hard to wrap your brain around those things, especially when you’re going through it.
“I think you have to be willing to take the extra time and really be there for [patients]," Killmer continues. "I am on their side — I’m sure they don’t always feel like health care providers understand what they’re going through."
In fact, Killmer does know what fertility patients are going through — she is unable to have a child, something she rarely shares with her patients and wasn’t sure she wanted included in this profile. But, she says, "If it will help one person, it may be something worth talking about.”
According to Killmer, her philosophy is one that’s shared with and encouraged by the staff at CNY Fertility. ” We pride ourselves on being there for our clients."
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