Jennifer Jensen ’09, Registered Nurse in Maternal/Child Health

Jennifer Jensen ’09, Registered Nurse in Maternal/Child Health

When I graduated from Wellesley I went straight into my dream job, the Foreign Service. I had studied East Asian Studies and Economics, so diplomacy seemed like a perfect fit. Although I enjoyed the work, I found that the State Department was not as accommodating of officers with families as I had hoped. When I got engaged and began to plan a family, I knew that I needed to find work that would be more flexible. I chose nursing because it is the nation’s largest health care profession and there are a wide variety of opportunities nationwide for part- or full-time work in all kinds of settings. On my first day of nursing school, I realized that I had not only found a great job, I had found my calling. As a nurse I have educated patients and their families, provided a shoulder to cry on, assisted in surgeries, managed complicated equipment, advocated for my patients, saved them from unsafe prescribed doses of medications, visited new families at home, and witnessed both birth and death. I am a touchstone for patients and their families in their most joyful and tragic moments, and it is an honor.