Written By: Hillary Redwine
In honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12), we want to recognize the many nurses who help us create happy families by going above and beyond to support our intended parents and egg donors. Our coordinators at Egg Donor Solutions (EDS) work closely with nurses throughout each step in the process to execute a seamless cycle for everyone involved.
“Nurses play a critical role in all cycles. Not only do they handle a substantial amount of the screening and planning process, but they are many intended parents’ support system as well,” says Kallie Wilson, client care and operations director. “Nurses, particularly in this field, have too much on their plate most days. We simply want to make their lives easier.”
How EDS supports nurses
With many details to consider in an egg donation cycle – from medical screenings to scheduling appointments and sending reminders to making sure the donor has her medication and understands how to use it to keeping the intended parents updated – EDS coordinators support nurses however they can.
“I want to take care of the small details, reminders and coordination between parties so they can focus on the medical side of things,” Kallie explains. “Our job is to learn each clinic’s preference and work to be proactive versus reactive.”
Amy Huston, Care Coordinator, adds, “I work to ensure everyone is on the same page with the timeline and make sure the donor knows what she needs to do, where she needs to be and when. I also share this information with the intended parents and keep them informed about where things are in the process.”
Communication is key
Communication between EDS coordinators and nurses is essential to ensuring that cycles run smoothly. “It’s important for us to establish good relationships and frequent, open communication with the nurses at each clinic,” Amy says.
Melissa Martinez, Care Coordinator & Development Coordinator, agrees. “We work to ensure consistent and effective communication regarding all things having to do with our donors, so nurses don’t have to field as many questions. In addition, we can be the liaison between the nurse and the donor to address any concerns and help keep the donor on track as far as appointments and medications.”
Recognizing the importance of nurses
The collaboration with nurses at our partner clinics enables the EDS team to better serve intended parents and egg donors. Their support is vital to executing a successful cycle.
“Without the nurses running point in the clinics, our efforts would be that much more difficult to manage,” Melissa says. “And the doctors would be without the support they need to complete the egg retrievals.
“To all nurses: We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the level of care and compassion you have as you selflessly serve your patients. You put patient care at the top of your list while you keep everything running behind the scenes and, without you, our work would not be possible. You are loved and appreciated more than words can sufficiently express. Thank you for all that you do!”