My husband is a surgeon and had 4 cases the day I went into labor and was unable to be there with me for several hours. I was lucky enough to have Ann as my nurse. Being a first-time mom, I was of course very nervous, as I did not know what to expect. Ann's calming demeanor helped keep me calm and as relaxed as possible. When my contractions got intense, nausea and vomiting accompanied and there was just a lot going on at once, to say the least. Ann never got excited or seemed stressed, rather remained "calm, cool and collected" during it all. She also had a nursing student following her and she was very patient and took the time to explain things to her in the midst of the chaos.
I was put in my L&D room around 10 am and that is when I came under the care of Ann. At 6:13 pm, I began pushing. Although much is a blur, I do remember how sweet and encouraging Ann was. She tried everything she could to keep me comfortable through the pain. Her shift ended at 7 pm and she stayed with me until around 8:30 (my husband later told me her husband called and her little girl had an accident, so that's why she had to leave). It was out of the kindness of her heart she did this and I don't hesitate in saying most others would not have done the same.
Bar-none, Ann is the absolute best nurse I have ever had in any hospital stay. Her kindness, care, and compassion were evident with my care. Without her wonderful care, my L&D experience could have been completely different. I am thankful Ann is part of our story, welcoming our baby into the world. My husband and I will never forget her for the care she provided. Providence Hospital is extremely lucky to have her as a nurse.
Note: This is Ann's 2nd DAISY Award!