The Nurse Becoming Podcast 

#068 Amanda’s Mom is here! Reflections on 43 years of nursing

What if you could get nursing career advice from someone with over 40 years of nursing experience?

Look no further, because today’s podcast episode features an exciting and very special guest…

My Mom, Jane LaManna, has been a nurse for 43 years and I thought it would be interesting to interview her about her journey and how she handled the breadth of her career as a working parent.

In today’s episode, my mom and I chatted about:

  • Jane’s 43 (!!)  year nursing career journey – We go back in time, from her 1978 graduation, to now in her role as a nurse navigator.
  • What infusion is, what Jane’s role looked like, and how she became OCN certified after her unit “randomly” transformed into oncology.
  • The moment she knew she’d found her job.
  • The thoughts Jane thinks about as a “Mature Nurse” —  “Will I have enough stamina for this role to take me into retirement?”
  • Jane’s mindset on floating and how this unique perspective may help you to find your specialty!
  • The biggest innovation Jane saw growing up in nursing.
  • Jane’s experience as a working mom – How she managed to balance shift work and taking care of me.
  • The real reason why my mom did NOT want me to become a nurse… (Aw, Mom 💜)  


This woman is probably the reason that I am doing what I’m doing today,

So I hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.


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