Faith at Work In Labor & Delivery: Brittany Blackman
Getting to Know You.
My name is Brittany! I am 31 years old and was born and raised here in Dallas, Texas. I am the second of four children, and have a very close relationship with my family. I am a registered nurse and work at Medical City Hospital here in Dallas. Fun fact about me…Back in college as an extracurricular activity to relieve stress, I trained in mixed martial arts for 9 months! I learned Brazilian jujitsu, and was training for cage fighting!
What do you do on a weekly basis?
I work as a registered nurse in labor and delivery for 3 to 4 days a week. I've been a nurse for a bit over six years now! I've worked on a level 1 progressive step down trauma unit, but presently I have the amazing pleasure of ushering life into the world! It's beyond amazing to witness a human come out of another human. A person that can move and breathe, it's heart beating all on its own...a tiny human! How this is all able to happen, I feel is something we will not be able to mentally encompass until we behold the face of Jesus. It blows my mind every time!
How has your personal walk with Jesus impacted the way you work?
Knowing that I work for The Lord and not for "man" (Col 3:23), and walking that out as best I can, really changes everything...starting with my own self. I have a better attitude, I speak to people respectfully, I feel encouragement pour from me for others, I hear words of knowledge much easier and I feel confident to step out and pray for my coworkers and patients. As I go about my job duties, I don't feel like I'm doing menial tasks just to "complete the checklist", but I know I'm in union with Christ as I feel His genuine joy, and with Him weave a small part of the tapestry in His grand design.
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What challenges have you encountered as you walk your faith out at work?
As a nurse, I deal with situations that can be highly charged emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's super draining and can take its toll. When I feel overwhelmed, I find myself acclimating to the social climate around me. I act like the thermometer instead of the thermostat, looking much like the world in my actions, words, and attitude. The culture of a hospital can be crude and very unedifying towards each other and our patients. It's when I get in this sort of slump that I feel the Holy Spirit tell me I'm not abiding in the Lord or I'm not using my hands with the compassion He's given me to love His children well. I abhor that sometimes the world and its ways look so appealing, but I take heart in the fact that I can see it IS the world, and helps me to readjust my views to the eternal and not the vapor that is our lives.
How have you been able to represent or re-present Jesus through your job?
As one who carries The One within, I enjoy it as He assists me to encourage, love on, pray for, and support my coworkers and patients. It is a scary place being in the hospital and unfortunately, labor and delivery is not always the happiest moment of people's lives. To be able to comfort people emotionally, spiritually, and physically in their best, lowest and most vulnerable moments, I pray, really makes a difference for the Kingdom in peoples lives. Nothing returns void, and I hope in that.
What are some lessons that God has taught you through your work that could help our blog readers?
I have learned are that it isn't always easy to be loving and caring towards everyone all the time. It is His compassion that takes over, His eyes that see and love these people in front of me. Being able to treat and care for people of every socioeconomic status and race, I really see a lot of brokenness widely varied across the spectrum. They need patience shown, caring demonstrated to their hurt hearts. But He came for all of them, and I must tell them so. So when they feel that love and compassion, it's not me that they're seeing, but Jesus. When people are in this state, they will remember you. They will remember what you do, what you say, the way you treated them, and the way you made them feel. I let them know how it is I can love them well and care for them like they're family...Because I was adopted into His family.
Any books, lectures, mentors that have been inspirational to you in your field?
It's not a nursing book, but Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster has been really great for me. It has helped me experience better relationship with Jesus and gain an understanding of His character and how that is displayed within me. It's one of those books in which you learn, glean and see a new thing each time!
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