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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN
Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN, Bennett Fertility Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
“I think what’s really the best about fertility [nursing] is that it’s very patient centered and patient focused, and the patient has a lot of say in what happens in their care.” – Jamie Leonard, R.N.
In addition to her role as IVF coordinator at Bennett Fertility Institute, Jamie Leonard is the Chair of the Nurses Professional Group (NPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and is enrolled in a masters program in Health Care Administration and Nursing Administration Management at University of Oklahoma, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016.
FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Leonard as Nurse of the Month.
Leonard has been a fertility nurse since 2006. “I’ve gone through infertility myself and I feel like that’s what makes me so passionate about it,” she says.
She became involved with the NPG in order to have an impact on a national level. “Nurses need to have more opportunities to continue to grow,” she says. Many specialized fields – obstetrics, intensive care, for example – offer certifications for their nurses; however the REI (reproductive endocrinology and infertility) certification was discontinued in 1996. Leonard is realizing one of her goals. “I’ve been working with the NCC [National Certification Corporation] that does all the national certifications. I wrote a business plan with the Nurses Professional Group, and we were successful. We are going to have a sub-specialty exam for nurses and other healthcare providers in the field so that they’ll become nationally certified,” she says. The project is currently underway; a release date is still to be determined.
Leonard has started infertility support groups in Austin (where she previously lived and worked) and Oklahoma City. “I know when I went through infertility I had no one to confide in and talk to. I think that it’s really important to feel like there are other people going through similar things,” she says. “I walk away feeling like I made a difference in somebody’s life. That’s what’s important.”
As a nurse you have many roles, Leonard says: teacher, nurse, counselor and a friend going through their treatment cycle with them. “I think making sure that the patient is always at the focus of the care and making sure they feel comfortable – and even if they don’t get the result that they want – you want them to feel like they got the best care they possible could. That’s important to me.”
Nominate Your Fertility Nurse
In honor of hard-working nurses who hold our hands throughout our fertility treatment experiences, FertilityAuthority.com features a dedicated fertility clinic nurse each month. You can nominate your favorite fertility clinic nurse by clicking here. We will contact you if your nurse is chosen to be our Fertility Nurse of the Month.