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Family Care Nurse Becomes the Patient

I often find myself telling people I have the best job in the world!

Ashlie Gates- Family Care Swedish Medical Center

By Ashlie Gates

I am a family care nurse at Swedish Medical Center. Each day, I get the chance to teach eager and excited parents how to care for their new baby. I enjoy building relationships with these patients and their families and helping them feel confident and ready to care for their child when they leave the hospital.

Recently, I got to experience the other end of this nurse/ patient relationship. Nine months ago, I gave birth to my first child at Swedish Medical Center. I chose to deliver my daughter at Swedish because I just couldn’t imagine trusting anyone else with such a big moment in my life. It was the best decision I could have made. I knew my co-workers were great, but I truly didn’t understand how great they were until I became their patient. My nurses were fabulous in both the Labor and Delivery and Family Care units. My labor and delivery nurse talked me through each procedure and helped me explore relaxation and pain management techniques during my labor. She was a wonderful cheerleader and helped boost my confidence to get through it.

My nurses in Family Care were there to assist me with my every need. It would have been easy for them to leave me alone assuming I knew what I was doing but they made sure they were there assisting me along the way. They also really took my husband under their wing. This was his first experience with a baby; they were patient and caring with him in showing him how to care for our daughter from changing her diaper to swaddling her for the first time.

Experiencing the Women’s Services Department at Swedish Medical Center from the patient’s perspective has given me a whole new respect for my coworkers and I believe it has truly made me a better family care nurse. Because of my experiences as a nurse and a patient, I know that I can say with confidence, when you deliver your baby at Swedish you will be getting the best care possible!