Career Spotlight: Julie Fuller
Julie Fuller, RN
This is the first in a series of interviews with nurses connected to the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) to share insights, knowledge, and expertise about career opportunities, growth, and development. Today we hear from Julie Fuller, RN, BSN, MSN, CNM.
1. What made you decide to choose nursing as a career path, and specifically your specialty?
I went to nursing school specifically to become a certified nurse-midwife.
2. What does a typical work day look like for you?
I get my assignment, I review the chart and then get to work doing everything possible to create the environment where my patient feels safe, supported and informed of all her options. I provide hands on labor support and help to achieve excellent outcomes.
3. What do you consider one of your career successes? How did you achieve it?
Finally reaching my goal after 20 years of diligence. I reached this goal by never quitting despite numerous obstacles, setbacks and challenges.
4. What do you consider a challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?
Being a strong patient advocate is challenging in situations where it’s not the norm. Doing what’s right is more important than being liked by those in power.
5. Has the Great Resignation affected you personally, or your company? If so, how?
No not personally, but my hospital has experienced it. The patients suffer, the staff suffers and the solutions are not sustainable.
6. What is something unique about your career, or career path?
The fact that after 15 years of full time nursing, I still absolutely love doing this work.
7. What impact has AWHONN had in shaping your career?
The education available from AWHONN is top notch and should be required for anyone planning on working in women and neonatal health.
8. What is a piece of advice you would share with job seekers or offer a new nursing professional just beginning their career?
Work for the patients, be employed by the employer. Keep that priority straight and you’ll love being a nurse.