Senior Staff Nurse
Linda, RN, can often be found in front of the patient scheduling board on the Birthing Unit at South Shore Hospital, orchestrating the activity in its 16 labor rooms and four Cesarean birthing rooms. If she wasn’t a nurse, she probably would have made a great traffic cop.
As the senior staff nurse and charge nurse of South Shore Hospital’s busy, and highly-regarded birthing unit, Linda makes assignments for the day and supports the staff who are working closely with expectant mothers who are about to deliver.
“We might have five c-sections and three inductions one day,” she says, “and it’s completely different the next.” That, says Linda, is one thing she really likes about her job.
Linda has been a nurse for nearly 20 years, and came to South Shore Hospital directly after earning her associate’s degree at Massasoit. She has three children and worked in the hospital’s maternity center before transitioning to its birthing unit in 1995.
When Linda’s not running the unit, she makes it a point to pick up an extra shift about once a month so she can work more closely with patients. “It’s important to keep my skills cracker-jack,” she says with a big, wide grin. She also thinks working alongside nurses that she often supervises helps to build camaraderie on the unit.
“I have a lot invested in this place,” Linda says. “I work with a great group of people and I really enjoy what I do.”
Linda worked the night shift in the birthing unit for five years while her children were young, and she says night-time is a great time to learn. “There are no scheduled sections or inductions, so you can really be hands-on with a woman who is laboring,” she says.
Another way she improved her practice was to become certified in obstetrics, which means earning an additional 45 continuing education credits every three years.
“When my kids ask me what I do, I’m proud to say I’m a nurse at South Shore Hospital. It’s a respected position.”
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