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Nurse of the Month: Monica Moore, M.S.N, R.N.C.
Monica Moore, RMA of Connecticut, July 2010
“Taking care of the whole patient is where my passion lies,” says Monica Moore, M.S.N, R.N.C., a nurse practitioner and a nurse manager at RMA of Connecticut. During our conversation, Moore talks about the importance of integrating comprehensive care – including yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition care – with fertility treatment. “It’s a natural extension,” she says. Body mass index (BMI), the mind-body connection and stress release are important parts of the fertility equation. As is nutrition.
“You can’t ignore food,” says Moore, who is also the nurse liaison with the on-staff nutritionist at RMA of Connecticut. As a result, many of the patients she works with have a relationship with the nutritionist as well. Moore may, for example, consult with a patient who needs the nutritionist’s help to lower her BMI. Or a woman with polycystic ovaries may consult with Moore after they’ve seen the fertility doctor, to talk about ways to relieve stress and look at other non-medical alternatives they can do in addition to their treatment. (Because she’s a nurse practitioner, she can consult with patients one-on-one.)
“I just had a patient,” Moore says, “who has worked hard to lose weight,” and an upcoming trip to see her parents in the South is causing her anxiety about maintaining her weight loss. “So we talked about alternative strategies and worked together to set some goals. She’s a visual person, so I took out a slide deck illustrating glucose in the blood stream.” And, Moore says, she explained to her patient, “vacation is not a vacation from treatment strategy.”
The doctors and patients alike embrace this holistic approach, and all of the nurses liaise with complementary care providers, Moore says. This approach makes patients feel more involved in their treatment plan – more of an active participant.
What drew Moore to infertility? Following graduate school, where she received her master’s degree in nursing, she was looking for a job in obstetrics and gynecology. But an opportunity with a fertility clinic caught her eye. “I loved that reproductive endocrinology was and is current and research based, and allowed me to be autonomous,” she says. Her job today is about 50 percent clinical and 50 percent managerial, a mix that she really enjoys.
Moore has a lot going on in her personal life as well. Her three children, ages 7, 5 and 4 are getting ready to welcome a new sibling this August.
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