By Maricela Reynaert, RN
I have had the privilege of being a nurse home visitor with the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program for over 5 years. In my 25 years as a nurse, I have worked in clinical as well as management positions. I have worked in hospitals, home health care and community health, and I can truly say that the NFP program, although emotionally taxing at times, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my nursing career.
Working with new moms and their children like this has allowed me to witness firsthand how the work of Casa de los Niños is changing lives, and how the services I am providing extend to future generations of families. Typical nursing care is usually short term…hours, days or at the most months, but the design of NFP encourages long term relationships, on average 2 and a half years, allowing time to care not only for that first time mom, but her new baby too, in a very holistic way. Nurse-Family Partnership truly addresses the root of what it takes to empower the young, first time moms we serve, impacting generations to come, and the community as a whole.
I am truly humbled and grateful for of all of the young moms that have allowed me to be part of their transformation of bettering their lives and the lives of their children. There is nothing more rewarding for me than to know I am making a difference in someone’s life. My passion has always been caring for others and making this world a better place and Nurse-Family Partnership has given me the opportunity to do this one mom and one baby at a time.