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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Megan LeMien, RN, BSN
Boston IVF, Boston, MA, January 2012
FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Boston fertility nurse Megan LeMien, RN, BSN as Fertility Nurse of the Month. LeMien is the IVF coordinator at Boston IVF, a fertility clinic with 12 locations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and on Nantucket. In her role as IVF coordinator at the Waltham, MA, location, LeMien works directly with couples to guide them through the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The patient who nominated her says: "Megan should win a nurse of the year award! We are currently in the middle of our two-week wait of our third IVF cycle. Megan truly listens to everything I have to say — from questions to concerns to just me rambling. She never makes me feel silly for asking questions. She is very caring and makes me feel a sense of comfort in the IVF process. She has patience that most nurses and doctors do not have. I never feel rushed when talking to her. It is great to know that I always have her to call if anything arises. She is extremely knowledgeable! Megan is the absolute BEST nurse!"
A Mother's Inspiration and the 'Perfect Fit'
LeMien graduated with a BSN from Regis College in 2008 and began the search for a job that would truly motivate her. "Nursing jobs for new graduates were in short supply at that time but I was determined to find the perfect fit," she says.
She was inspired by her mother Cindy, who had a been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 25 years. "Seeing the compassion and dedication she has for her profession, I knew I wanted to be involved in the women’s health field," she explains. "With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck I was offered an IVF coordinator position at Boston IVF."
She says her position as IVF coordinator is the "perfect fit." "I have had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the fertility world and be a part of the most cutting edge technology in this highly specialized field," she says. In addition, she was introduced to the large infertility community when she attended the most recent American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference in Orlando and participate in classes on fertility preservation, stress and fertility and ethics. "It was amazing to see how many people have dedicated their careers to making miracles happen," she says.
In her role, LeMien is responsible for all aspects of IVF cycles, including cycle timing, medication management, teaching, support and appointment scheduling. "We see a high volume of patients, and our goal is to give the most personalized and individualized care to each patient. We also aim to treat the coupleand not just the patient. It is important for us to remember that this process can be just as difficult for the partner as it is for the patient. Having a support system is key to getting through this process."
She says Boston IVF is unique in that it is geared toward treating the couple, not just medically, but socially, physically and emotionally, too. "Everyone at Boston IVF is here for your support," she says. "From the receptionists to the nurses to the laboratory staff, we are continually evolving our practice to better serve our patients and give the best possible experience."
Helping Patients Have a Positive Experience
At Boston IVF, a typical day for LeMien starts at around 9 a.m. in which she is running the fertility clinic, answering phone calls, ordering medications, meeting with patients and scheduling appointments.
"I would say a majority of the time is spent just giving information to the patients," she says. "I feel that the more informed patients are, the less anxious they will be through the cycle."
LeMien says that teaching can make the difference between the patient having a positive experience or a negative one. "I find that if patients are prepared ahead of time for what they are up against, they will be able to adapt to things just a little easier along the way," she says. "We try to set realistic expectations for patients. We are lucky enough to have The Domar Center, which offers a variety of counseling, support groups, acupuncture, mind/body programs, stress reduction classes and nutritional counseling, that all aim to help our patients through this difficult time. "
Working Toward a Common Goal
As an infertility nurse, LeMien gets very close to her patients. Not being able to answer the question "why" when a patient doesn't success with IVF is one of the most challenging aspects of her job. "When you work so closely with patients and get to know them over an extended period of time, it's difficult as a nurse when they don’t succeed. It’s hard sometimes not to take it personally when a patient doesn’t get pregnant. Many patients will continue to ask “why,” and it can be just as frustrating to the nurse as it is to the patient when there are no answers to that question. "
An IVF failure or miscarriage can sometimes be very traumatic for patients. "It is important to me that I take the time to recognize when someone needs more support than I can offer," LeMien explains. "That’s where the Domar Center comes in. Our staff of psychologists, social workers and therapists can offer that."
Working toward a common goal is what keeps her motivated every day. "Everyone at Boston IVF is working toward the same goal. Going to work every day knowing that we are all here to give our best and make a difference in out patients’ lives is a highly motivating factor. A single phone call with a positive pregnancy test result can literally change a couple’s future," she says.
"It is so gratifying knowing that I was part of that."
LeMien's patient and caring approach to IVF education is very apparent in her work at Boston IVF. FertilityAuthority congratulates Megan LeMien on being recognized as Fertility Nurse of the Month.
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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 Fertility Nurse of the Month.