What are you investing in?
I was a travel nurse and visiting a local church.
“You’re a Labor and Delivery nurse? Would you be interested in helping us do Ultrasounds?” he asked me.
I explained that L&D nurses are not taught how to do ultrasounds. He then told me more about the Medical Mission where he was the Executive Director, and I was very interested. I had never been exposed to the life saving work of a Pregnancy Medical Clinic, and I had no idea that I could be a part of a local Medical Mission.
I was also intrigued that I could be taught to perform ultrasounds. All I needed was training in ultrasound, (or so I thought).
I was all in. I loved the idea of serving in the Kingdom of God using my skill as a nurse! So, I invested in the ultrasound training course. I wanted to be able to use this tool for lives for the Kingdom!
Paying for continuing education wasn’t new to me. When I needed ACLS or an updated Fetal Monitoring class, as a travel nurse, I paid for it myself. When I went back to work as a staff nurse at the hospital, there was often not money to pay for the continuing education, so I took care of the cost of the class.
I invest in my education because I want to give the women I serve excellent care, and I want to know what the current standards are because I am accountable to these standards.
Why would it be any different for my service at the PMC?
It is not.
Fast forward to present day and I am now the Clinical Director at a new PMC. My volunteer nurses don’t have a background in OB care. They too want to give excellent care to the women we serve. They individually work on growing their knowledge base.
There is now a class to give them an overview of the Fundamentals of OB Patient Care, which is designed with the PMC in mind.
What is the best way to provide this continuing education?
My nurses are passionate and would be willing to pay for the class, as I was. However, when I brought up the topic to my Board, they voted to invest in these nurses! They also want excellent care for the people we serve, so they have added a line in their yearly budget for ongoing continuing education! This is a Kingdom principal, some plow, some water, but God gives the increase!
Did I tell you yet how thankful I am to watch how our Lord has multiplied the increase?
Cherelyn Childers, RNC
Clinic Manager Hope Medical of WA