On any given day, anxious parents rush to the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital to welcome their newest addition. Some are planned c-sections, but for others, the timing is a surprise. “Labor and delivery, it's really a 24/7 business. Babies come when they want so it's pretty lively up here all the time,” said nurse coordinator, Briar Simpson. “Typically on the surgery floor it's a little quieter at night probably. But babies, they come when they want so we stay busy.” Briar is at the hospital from six in the morning until around 6:15 at night, sometimes longer. It might seem like a long day, but she only works three days a week. “It's a great field to be in, nursing. You can make your own schedule, pretty much. Get up early, get in here, have your shift done and have still have a lot of time home w/your family. That's what I like best about it,” she said. But when she is at the hospital, she's with her family of coworkers, getting busy for the day ahead. “We make assignments for the oncoming shift, get reports of what's going on the board, and tie up any loose ends from the previous shift,” added Simpson. And soon, those duties will halt when she goes from nurse to patient. Pregnant with her third child, Simpson will come to depend on the people she works next to every morning. “It's much more comforting because I know everyone here and I know they're going to take care of me. Its like having your family take care of you,” Simpson said. It's too soon to know whether she will be greeted by staff who are night owls or early risers. Regardless, someone will be here to help with her new arrival.
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