The Nurse With No Empathy

August 22, 2014 9:09 PM

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The Nurse With No Empathy

As an OB nurse, one of the most unfortunate and too-frequent scenarios we encounter is having to take care of women who have had little or no prenatal care. When they present to our unit, for a moment, we hold our breath. Will this be the patient that escaped any pregnancy-related complications? Will she deliver a healthy baby, screaming and pink... or will this be the patient that walks in and makes us all scramble? We have all seen horrible outcomes from these scenarios. It's easy to lose empathy for people who do not get adequate prenatal care.

Growing up, my mother made sure that I never missed a routine doctor's appointment and she made me get a dental checkup every six months. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was all of two weeks pregnant and living in England. I was not a citizen, and I wasn't sure when I was coming ...

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