What Others are Saying:

Nursing Colleagues:

"Jenn brings an empathy and professionalism to caring for both patients and staff that is second to none. She recognizes needs of coworkers and goes out of her way to acknowledge that need.

She also expresses her own feelings, processes situations and reflects constantly in her own life through writing, care packages and adapting herself to a situation; be it personal or professional. She is proactive and an advocate. You will find Jenn to be an active listener, with a keen interest in maintaining positive morale and aiding her coworkers in promoting healthy self care."

Nita (Nicu Nurse)

"I didn’t know how I would handle my first infant death, even though I knew it was something I would probably experience eventually in my career. When it did happen, it didn’t feel like any of the scenarios I had run through in my head. I honestly didn’t think I could ever go back to the unit. I felt like I was going crazy. I didn’t want to talk to anyone because I couldn’t control my emotions, and I kept thinking, “this is what I signed up for”, so my reaction must mean Im not cut out for nursing (after almost 10 years in acute care). Jenn reached out to me right away. She was gentle, didn’t try to force me into talking or meeting with the team to debrief. She told me her own stories, and I was so relieved to hear that she had experienced a lot of the same emotions and thoughts. Jenn helped me build up the courage to come back to the unit for the first time to debrief (I didn’t talk, just cried, and that was okay!!!) and kept in close contact with me afterwards. She offered me types of support I had no idea were available to me and my team I can’t express how grateful I am for every text, every call, every hug. I learned that I was not broken, I am just human. I still grieve for that baby, but now when the tears flow I find comfort in that vulnerability, rather than confusion or shame. Thank you, Jenn, for helping me see that I was strong enough the whole time.. I just didn’t know it yet!"

Sam (NICU Nurse)

Nursing Students:

"Personally, I think you are everything an instructor should be and embodied what nursing really is; empathetic, kind, skilled, patient, learning consistently, smart, understanding, strong morals to do what is right and just an advocate who speaks up when others maybe won't."

You have been such a pillar of support, understanding, patience and really did show you cared for us as individuals trying to navigate life and nursing.

This semester has been amazing with you, and if there are more compassionate, advocating nurses in the world like you, it would be a better place. Thank you for your life lessons. Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for being different.

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