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A Day in the Life of an IVF Nurse Coordinator

My main role as an IVF nurse coordinator is to make sure that our patients get all the information they need to have a smooth and pleasant experience as they go through the emotional roller coaster of their fertility treatments, whether it is an insemination cycle, IVF or an egg donor recipient cycle.

I am the patients’ liaison to the doctor. I am their cheerleader, their therapist, their main “go to” person in whatever they need as they go through the labyrinth of their fertility treatment.

I teach them how to mix their drugs and how to give them. I order their medications and inform them of their office visits. I let them know what to expect on their appointments with us, whether it’s just for a scan and blood, or it’s their day of egg retrieval or embryo transfer or it’s their insemination day!

I also answer their questions on the phone, respond to their emails, offer them advice and suggestions on whatever they may need. These are just some of my responsibilities as a fertility nurse.

In short, I work with our patients very intimately and develop a close rapport with them that sometimes develops into lasting friendships.

We, as nurses, are in the field of helping people. Working in the field of fertility has given me a chance to make a difference in our patients’ lives.

I still get letters and cards from patients from years past who remember me and are grateful for all that we have done for them; for “creating a family” for them.

I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to be a part of USC Fertility. I continue to strive to be the best that I can be as a nurse, so that I will be able to continue to serve our patients and make a difference in their lives.

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