Rosa Gonzalez’s day isn’t that much different from other IVF nurses’ who are cycle coordinators. In the mornings she performs blood draws, and provides instructions to patients regarding fertility drugs. In the afternoons she emails and talks with patients to update them on their blood work results and IVF cycles. New patient education is also in the mix.
Smart, compassionate and humble are the first three adjectives that come to mind to describe Traci Shahan, , RN, CNS, WHNP-BC, Doctor of Nursing. She describes herself “first and very staunchly so, an advocate for women.” Years of education behind her (just look at her credentials above), Shahan is a nurse practitioner with Albrecht Women’s Care Denver IVF in Englewood Colorado. FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Traci Shahan as Nurse of the Month.
As a nurse practitioner, Shahan can make diagnoses, treat conditions and prescribe medications. “Sixty percent of what I have to do is with ultrasound, and my ultrasound skills are what I’m most proud of,” she says. “We do cool, cutting edge procedures with ultrasound.” For example, Shahan performs the FemVueTM hysterosalpingogram, which uses saline and air instead of x-ray dye (as in a traditional hysterosalpingogram or HSG) to image the fallopian tube and uterine cavity. This way, the patient does not have to have an outpatient procedure with a radiologist. “We do FemVue in office, but it takes really nuanced ultrasound skills to do it well. It’s essentially pulsed saline and air, and you can see it travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes. It gives you a very good view to make sure that the tubes are patent or open and that the uterine cavity looks normal,” Shahan explains. “I love it because I worry about having a lot of radiation to the ovaries."
Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN, Bennett Fertility Institute, Oklahoma City, OK August 2015
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.
Gayle Rodgers has been described by her patients as friendly, always willing to help and accessible – readily calling to check in during her patients’ IVF cycles. An IVF nurse with Bluegrass Fertility in Lexington, KY, FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Gayle Rodgers as Nurse of the Month.
Fertility patients have described Kristi Vesh as: very knowledgeable, always available to answer your questions, amazing, supportive and helpful. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize her as Nurse of the Month.
For 26 years, Carol Lesser, N.P. has worked at Boston IVF. “I continue to love it,” she says, “because I always find something fascinating and interesting about it. It just pushes my boundaries.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Lesser as Nurse of the Month.
May 2014 Gladys Lopez, RNC, BSN, South Florida Institute of Reproductive Medicine
Gladys Lopez’s nursing career has spanned almost three decades, and 22 years ago she joined Dr. Juergen Eiserman as he founded South Florida Institute of Reproductive Medicine. Today she is the Nurse Manager and IVF Coordinator at the practice. Fertility Authority is pleased to recognize Lopez as Fertility Nurse of the Month for the dedication and care she provides her patients and the practice.
January 2014 JoRene Bigler-Vollman, RN, MSN, Fertility Centers of Illinois, River North IVF
The fact that she commutes four hours each day with no complaints, even in the terrible conditions this winter has brought to Chicagoland, is evidence that JoRene Bigler-Vollman really loves her job. The Director of Third Party Reproduction at Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) River North IVF says, “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Bigler-Vollman as Fertility Nurse of the Month.
Rene consistently goes above and beyond for each of her patients. She anticipates a patient's questions, meticulously plans each cycle, thoroughly responds to any questions, and offers comforting words when needed. I have been through 3 cycles with her but I learned quickly how wonderful she is.