Nurse Specialist Helps Make Dreams Come True
Not many nurses can say they actually help couples achieve pregnancy and then help them deliver their bundles of joy.
Robyn Wittenberg, RN, can. She splits her time between the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Reproductive Medicine Clinic, where she helps treat fertility issues, and the hospital’s Birth Center.
||Wittenberg joined Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin almost eight years ago as a new graduate working full-time in labor and delivery. But several years back, she wanted another challenge. Her timing was impeccable, as the Reproductive Medicine Clinic was one of the hospital’s newest programs.|
Working at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wittenberg comments, “helps broaden my knowledge base a lot. I find continuous learning opportunities, because everything is constantly evolving.”
“I enjoy becoming connected with my patients; I have the chance to know them very well,” she adds. ”We spend a lot of time on the phone, talking, counseling, and comforting. Sometimes, we get to share good news with couples who have tried to get pregnant for a long time. At other times, we break the bad news. I consider myself lucky to be with them throughout the whole process.”
What Wittenberg particularly relishes about her job is that it has taught her “more about people: how to draw them out; learn from them; and teach them. I’ve found that people are a lot stronger than they think.”
Working at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is not just a job. “We have a lot of autonomy working here,” Wittenberg explains, “and that’s part of why I like it so much. Specialty nurses work closely with physicians and they respect all the expertise we can offer.”