Adventist Bolingbrook (Ill.) Hospital Labor and Delivery Clinical Coordinator Diane Ramos, RN, feels fortunate to experience new births through the eyes of the parents she serves.
I love the joyous times that they have, Ramos said in a news release. They are so grateful and it makes you feel appreciated as a nurse.
For her work, Ramos recently was honored by the March of Dimes with its Nurse Excellence Award.
I had no idea they were nominating me, said Ramos, a nurse for 16 years, the last six at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. I work with a great bunch of nurses who are very caring with their patients, and each of them is equally deserving of such an honor.
Ramos has played an instrumental role in helping develop the obstetrics department since the hospital opened six years ago, according to Diane Leonard, RN, MSN, obstetrics and ED director.
From the start, Diane created processes we use with our moms throughout the unit, Leonard said in the release. And while Diane works as clinical coordinator, she jumps in to help with patients whenever the unit gets busy.
Ramos takes the time to get to know each of the patients on her unit, according to hospital CNO Jolene Albaugh, RN, BSN.
When we first opened, Diane became a Lamaze instructor and, with the help of another staff member, put together all our Lamaze classes, Albaugh said in the release. She is an enormous asset to our hospital and is truly dedicated to providing excellent patient care.
Ramos went into nursing after originally studying accounting. Her natural disposition as a people person pushed her to change career paths.
I consider myself a very compassionate person, and as a student nurse, I spent time in all different areas of healthcare, Ramos said in the release. But to me, labor and delivery is very gratifying. You get a chance to spend time with people and you get to experience their happiness.