May 2012 Associate of the Month
Marlene Rosenblum was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. She has always wanted to be a nurse. She remembers making the decision at around age 8. Marlene graduated from the Abington School of Nursing and went to work at Pennsylvania Hospital on a medical-surgical floor. She then went to Jefferson Hospital where she worked for about a year in the critical care unit before transitioning to maternity. She left the hospital for about a year and embarked on a long trip to Europe. Upon returning, she worked at Pennsylvania Hospital and then returned to Jefferson where she was a nurse in the delivery room and an educator.
After moving to the area in 1999, Marlene started working at Doylestown Hospital as a childbirth educator. She was also a certified massage therapist, trained to do infant massage and also pregnancy massage. Marlene would often do chair massages for the staff on the maternity unit. It was then she realized she missed the clinical aspect of nursing and the camaraderie of the nursing team. She currently is a staff nurse in LDRP and an instructor for Prepared Childbirth classes. She can also teach all the other childbirth and parent education classes. Marlene also chairs the department's Education Committee.
For Marlene, one of the best parts of her job is helping women during the labor and birthing process-especially if she's had them in class. "Women develop trust in you," she says, "and you can support them in their experience. You're really their advocate, and a source of support as they start their families."
Doylestown's Director of Maternal-Child Services Kathy Donahue, RNC-OB, MSN, IBCLC, RLC, had this to say about Marlene: "Marlene is a wonderful person and nurse. She always finds the good in a difficult situation. She is very patient, which makes her a great teacher. Marlene also believes in making learning fun and often uses humor to get her point across. For her to step up and take on the responsibility of organizing and chairing our Education Committee for no other reason except that she saw the need, speaks volumes about her character."
Clinical Manager Maternal Child Services Pauline Canelli, RNC-OB, BSN, added: "Marlene always gives 100% in everything she does. She is a mentor, advocate and a friend. Marlene always has your back. She is supportive of her co-workers and doesn't know how to say no. She is dedicated to her work and the education of the staff and patients. Marlene is very deserving of this award, she is very humble and would never think of herself as one who should be outstanding, she just does what she does, it is natural. She loves this work and it truly comes from her heart. She is a genuine nurse."
Marlene and her husband, Phil, live in Buckingham. Their son, Josh, is 17 and a junior at CB East. Marlene enjoys reading, taking walks and watching the Phillies. She is in the process of writing a book for middle school-aged youth.
Congratulations to an exceptional Associate!