Labor and Delivery nurse offers patient a helping hand
Miranda Quinones felt overwhelmed when she entered Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in March 2012. About to give birth to a baby boy, she missed her father, who had passed away unexpectedly the year before.
“I had a melt down,” Miranda remembers. “I didn’t feel like I had a purpose.”
Labor and Delivery nurse Ebony Blanton stayed with Miranda as she spoke about the challenges she faced.
“Ebony held my hand and told me I did have a purpose, and my son was my reason to live,” says Miranda. “She cried with me. No one has ever done that for me.”
Ebony has 14 years experience as a nurse. She’s worked at Sentara since 2007 at two locations. She was new at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital when she met Miranda.
“I told her that her father would be so proud of her and would want his family to carry on; he’d want her to concentrate on her baby’s well-being,” Ebony says. “I always try to be professional; yet I know I wear my heart on my sleeve. I want to reinforce patients’ coping mechanisms and encourage them.”
She sees patients facing challenges beyond birth, including economical and emotional issues.
“Patients have lots of forces working around them,” Ebony notes. “You have to peel back the layers like an onion. There’s more to being a good nurse than being well educated. It’s not just a job, it’s something you love.”
Inspired to action
Miranda hopes to one day follow in Ebony’s footsteps and eventually become a nurse. To first improve her finances, she attended Sentara College of Health Sciences in late 2013 and trained to become a sterile processing technician. A few months later, Sentara Leigh Hospital hired her. As her son grows, Miranda plans to go back to school and earn a bachelor’s degree.
“I want to be around people,” she says. “I want to care for patients.”