Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership makes a difference in the lives of vulnerable families - but what about the nurses who deliver the program to these families - what do they think about Nurse-Family Partnership and their role?
Rosalyn McCollum-Benoit is a nurse home visitor for Nurse-Family Partnership at the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic; she has been visitong low-income, first-time moms and their babies since 2008.
“It has been the most rewarding career opportunity that I have had in my 18 years of nursing,” said Benoit, who has a bachelor of science in nursing as well as an M.B.A. “The Nurse Family Partnership not only allows you to impact the lives of new moms and their families but you are also given the opportunity to assist in creating the foundation of their parenting.”
“Typically patient education for new mothers is about 10 minutes in the physician’s office or prior to hospital discharge,” she continued. “But the Nurse Family Partnership NFP allows you over two years to effectively elevate the outcomes of your teaching.”
Public health nurses are the backbone of Nurse-Family Partnership's success. Since the program’s beginning, nurses have been instrumental in shaping and delivering this evidence-based, community health program. Because of their specialized knowledge, the public health nurses who deliver the Nurse-Family Partnership program in their communities establish trusted relationships with young, at-risk mothers during home visits, providing guidance for the emotional, social, and physical challenges these first-time moms face as they prepare to become parents. But most importantly, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors make a measurable, long-lasting difference in the lives of their clients.
“Yes, it's a hard job. But we love it because we know it's a valuable one. We don't take lightly the fact that we're working directly with people's lives. We know we have a hand in the future.” – Christina Baker Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor.
Thank you for your role in getting these nurses into more homes of vulnerable families!