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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Linda Fricke, MSN, WHNP-BC
“Sweet. Caring. Helpful. Always smiling. Adored by her patients.” These are descriptions submitted in the Nurse of the Month nomination for Linda Fricke, Nurse Practitioner and ART Coordinator for NewLIFE fertility center in Pensacola, Florida.
Fricke has worked in women’s health for more than 30 years, transitioning to infertility and reproductive endocrinology in 2007. “I felt like there was a lot I could do in this field, a lot I could accomplish,” she says. “It’s been a very, very rewarding place to be.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Linda Fricke as Nurse of the Month.
“A strong guiding philosophy I have is to offer what the [treatment] options are, and then support the patient’s decision,” Fricke says. “We do any testing that needs to be done. We share what we’ve found very objectively and go over that in detail with our patients. We go over what their options are, and then we support whatever their decision is.” Whether the patient wants to wait to start treatment, go straight to IVF, or try a different approach, Fricke feels strongly that she understand the patient’s decision from their perspective. She realizes that it’s a very personal, individual situation, and that no two couples are the same. “This is your party, and we’re just happy to be here with you,” she tells her patients.
As a nurse practitioner, Fricke has an expanded clinical role. She can do procedures such as endometrial biopsies, hysteroscopies, and saline sonograms, in addition to new patient intake, the fertility workup and testing, and management of the fertility treatment cycles.
But that’s just part of the equation. Available 24/7 by cell phone, “I spend a lot of time with patients counseling them, and being with them. I do a lot of listening,” Fricke says.
The hardest and most challenging part of her job? When it takes several cycles for a patient to achieve a pregnancy. She then sees her role as offering encouragement and helping patients continue to hold onto hope. “Having children seems like such a basic thing, and when women try to have children and can’t, it’s a long road for them,” Frick acknowledges.
The most rewarding part of her job? To see the look on a patient’s face when they see the ultrasound of their pregnancy for the first time, see the heartbeat the first time, or when a patient gets the first positive pregnancy test they’ve ever had in their lives. “I feel very privileged to be able to go through that with them,” Fricke says.
Nominate Your Fertility Nurse
In honor of these hard working nurses who hold our hands throughout our fertility treatment experiences, FertilityAuthority.com will feature 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.