Speakers

Colleen Yost, RN

Labor and Delivery Nurse, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Hi there! My name is Colleen Yost and I am a Labor & Delivery nurse at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. I graduated from Villanova University almost three years ago with a BSN and I am a proud native of small-town Connecticut. My interests outside of work include reading historical fiction and cheering on my favorite baseball team – the New York Mets.  

Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have had the privilege of witnessing life-changing moments alongside parents as they meet their babies for the first time. Some of these deliveries have been seemingly effortless and straightforward, whereas others have involved emergency c-sections, postpartum hemorrhages, massive blood transfusions, and neonatal resuscitations. As the Co-Chair of our unit’s Bereavement Committee, I have also witnessed the devastating loss of a baby and the anguish that comes with not knowing why it happened. Birth can often be misunderstood as an uncomplicated process, but as healthcare providers, we understand the great risks of childbirth as well as the toll it can take on a woman’s physical and emotional state.  

Last year, I attended a regional AWHONN conference on maternal morbidity and mortality, where I learned more about these risks associated with childbirth. I also attended the Telluride Experience in Napa, CA where I learned more about medical errors and what we can do to prevent them. The Telluride Experience inspired me to attend the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s World Summit, and I hope to collaborate with other healthcare professionals in patient safety, advocacy, and education.