Yvonne Chan, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
I have two little ones teaching me how to be a better parent everyday. Motherhood and parenting is not something to be taken lightly but rather something to admire and learn from.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
I have always wanted to work in healthcare in some capacity. I found one of my strengths growing up was the ability to understand, empathize and help people. I grew up in the Bay Area, California and went to undergrad in San Diego. I received a BSc. degree in Psychology from University of California San Diego (UCSD), a second BSc. degree in Nursing in Boston, and a Masters in Nursing. I received clinical experiences from some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
1) Give advice in a way that is similar to how you would want to receive advice - without judgement and with a ton of understanding and empathy.
2) Every parent, every baby, and every situation is different.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
When someone offers help with the kids or around the house - accept it. Even if they are not going to do it as good as you, take it.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
I maintain my energy by staying active and playing in team sports. I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. As a family we have been on 18+ trips and traveled to Hong Kong, Japan, France, Ireland, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Hawaii, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Boston, New York, Calgary.