Caring for the Tiniest Patients
MANSFIELD, TEX. – Making lasting connections and supporting the journey of new life is a passion for Kristi Fernandez, a labor and delivery nurse at Texas Health Hospital Mansfield (THH Mansfield). After working as a hairdresser for years, she began looking for a career that would continue fulfilling her passion for making friends. She wanted to build relationships and have meaningful interactions in an environment where she could change a person’s life. In the process, they would change her life.
“I am in awe of the miracle of life,” shared Fernandez, “and I get to witness women bring life into the world every day.” She shared some tips new moms can use for their labor experience. “First, it’s important to trust their nurse and feel safe and supported,” she said. “I will hold the mother’s hand, tell them to look me in the eyes, and I intentionally say, ‘you can do this.’ They need to know that I believe they can do it.”
Fernandez has been part of the labor and delivery team at THH Mansfield since it opened in December 2020. Her career has grown alongside the growing hospital, and she loves the positive culture of the team. “I am proud to work for this hospital,” she gushed. Her co-workers have quickly become family and an amazing support system. Beyond the team member environment, there are community events and volunteer opportunities she can participate in, and she thrives off the amazing relationships she is able to build with like-minded nurses.
THH Mansfield is a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and AdventHealth. Operated by AdventHealth, the hospital serves the mission, culture and teachings of whole-person care from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Article and Photo By Taylor Weaver
THH Mansfield Marketing Coordinator